Cities in California with the Highest Percent in the Labor Force

The Top 3

#1

Mountain View, CA

Percent In Labor Force of 74.4%

#2

Santa Barbara, CA

Percent In Labor Force of 73.0%

#3

Costa Mesa, CA

Percent In Labor Force of 72.0%

Largest Increase

13.9%

Bellflower, CA

Percent In Labor Force from 59.4% to 67.6%

Largest Decrease

-11.2%

Merced, CA

Percent In Labor Force from 60.5% to 53.7%

About the Rankings

The Census Bureau has released the latest estimates from the American Community Survey for all cities in California with a population of 60,000 or more with sufficient data to estimate the percent in labor force. We have crunched the numbers and the rankings are in. See the 142 places in California with the highest percent in labor force below, and the lowest percent in labor force places at the bottom of the list.

People in the labor force include those employed as a civilian or the armed forces plus those that are unemployed and looking for work. Students that aren't working, home makers, retirees, and institutionalized people are not included in the labor force. Having a high percentage of people in the labor force can help local governments because of an increase in amount of tax revenue and fewer costs for social programs.

The California percent in labor force from the latest estimates is 63.7% and has risen 0.6% from 63.3%.

This year saw several big changes. Mountain View, CA rose from #6 to #1, Santa Barbara, CA rose from #52 to #2, San Francisco, CA rose from #10 to #4, Redwood City, CA fell from #1 to #5, and Tustin, CA fell from #2 to #6.

Bellflower, CA saw the biggest percentage increase in percent in labor force at 13.9%, and Merced, CA saw the largest percentage decrease at -11.2%.

The Complete List

#1
Mountain View, CA
Previously #6 at 71.0%
74.4%
#2
Santa Barbara, CA
Previously #52 at 65.8%
73.0%
   #3
Costa Mesa, CA
Previously 73.1%
72.0%
#4
San Francisco, CA
Previously #10 at 70.2%
71.5%
#5
Redwood City, CA
Previously #1 at 74.1%
71.4%
#6
Tustin, CA
Previously #2 at 74.0%
71.4%
#7
Sunnyvale, CA
Previously #12 at 70.2%
71.0%
#8
Burbank, CA
Previously #92 at 63.0%
70.9%
   #9
South San Francisco, CA
Previously 70.4%
70.6%
#10
Pleasanton, CA
Previously #79 at 64.0%
70.2%
#11
Santa Ana, CA
Previously #27 at 67.9%
69.9%
#12
Redondo Beach, CA
Previously #13 at 70.0%
69.8%
#13
San Mateo, CA
Previously #8 at 70.8%
69.7%
#14
Hawthorne, CA
Previously #16 at 69.0%
69.7%
#15
Milpitas, CA
Previously #71 at 64.6%
69.7%
#16
Lake Forest, CA
Previously #5 at 71.7%
69.4%
#17
Vista, CA
Previously #31 at 67.4%
69.3%
#18
San Ramon, CA
Previously #7 at 70.9%
69.1%
#19
Oakland, CA
Previously #17 at 68.8%
69.1%
#20
Livermore, CA
Previously #4 at 71.9%
69.1%
#21
Hayward, CA
Previously #44 at 66.5%
69.0%
#22
Corona, CA
Previously #45 at 66.4%
68.9%
#23
San Jose, CA
Previously #19 at 68.4%
68.5%
#24
Oxnard, CA
Previously #23 at 68.1%
68.5%
#25
Daly City, CA
Previously #15 at 69.1%
68.4%
#26
San Diego, CA
Previously #32 at 67.2%
68.3%
#27
Rancho Cordova, CA
Previously #67 at 65.0%
68.1%
#28
Perris, CA
Previously #112 at 60.6%
68.1%
#29
Union City, CA
Previously #65 at 65.1%
67.9%
#30
Alameda, CA
Previously #36 at 67.0%
67.6%
#31
Bellflower, CA
Previously #122 at 59.4%
67.6%
#32
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Previously #46 at 66.0%
67.6%
#33
Santa Clarita, CA
Previously #35 at 67.1%
67.6%
#34
Napa, CA
Previously #22 at 68.2%
67.5%
#35
Pasadena, CA
Previously #50 at 65.8%
67.1%
#36
San Marcos, CA
Previously #29 at 67.6%
67.0%
#37
Tracy, CA
Previously #58 at 65.4%
66.9%
#38
Los Angeles, CA
Previously #49 at 65.8%
66.9%
#39
Fontana, CA
Previously #38 at 66.6%
66.7%
#40
Baldwin Park, CA
Previously #60 at 65.3%
66.7%
#41
Mission Viejo, CA
Previously #26 at 67.9%
66.7%
#42
Fremont, CA
Previously #43 at 66.5%
66.7%
#43
Anaheim, CA
Previously #57 at 65.4%
66.7%
#44
Escondido, CA
Previously #20 at 68.3%
66.6%
#45
Santa Monica, CA
Previously #11 at 70.2%
66.6%
#46
Richmond, CA
Previously #91 at 63.1%
66.5%
#47
Lake Elsinore, CA
Previously unranked
66.4%
#48
Temecula, CA
Previously #25 at 67.9%
66.3%
#49
South Gate, CA
Previously #78 at 64.2%
66.2%
#50
Huntington Beach, CA
Previously #51 at 65.8%
66.2%
#51
Santa Maria, CA
Previously #30 at 67.6%
66.1%
#52
Castro Valley, CA
Previously #82 at 63.8%
66.1%
#53
Long Beach, CA
Previously #37 at 66.9%
65.8%
#54
Downey, CA
Previously #21 at 68.3%
65.7%
#55
Ontario, CA
Previously #47 at 66.0%
65.7%
   #56
Rialto, CA
Previously 65.4%
65.6%
#57
Upland, CA
Previously #59 at 65.3%
65.5%
#58
Santa Clara, CA
Previously #24 at 68.0%
65.5%
#59
Concord, CA
Previously #42 at 66.5%
65.4%
#60
Orange, CA
Previously #28 at 67.7%
65.4%
#61
West Covina, CA
Previously #77 at 64.2%
65.3%
#62
Buena Park, CA
Previously #73 at 64.5%
65.3%
#63
Visalia, CA
Previously #124 at 59.1%
65.3%
#64
Chula Vista, CA
Previously #66 at 65.1%
65.3%
#65
Fairfield, CA
Previously #64 at 65.1%
65.1%
#66
Simi Valley, CA
Previously #14 at 69.6%
65.1%
#67
Fullerton, CA
Previously #41 at 66.6%
65.1%
#68
Inglewood, CA
Previously #55 at 65.5%
64.9%
#69
Pittsburg, CA
Previously #34 at 67.1%
64.8%
#70
Antioch, CA
Previously #84 at 63.8%
64.8%
#71
Camarillo, CA
Previously #93 at 63.0%
64.7%
#72
San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA
Previously #96 at 62.5%
64.5%
#73
San Clemente, CA
Previously #86 at 63.5%
64.4%
#74
Turlock, CA
Previously #121 at 59.5%
64.4%
#75
Salinas, CA
Previously #63 at 65.2%
64.3%
#76
Sacramento, CA
Previously #98 at 62.2%
64.3%
#77
Santa Cruz, CA
Previously unranked
64.3%
#78
Jurupa Valley, CA
Previously #94 at 62.9%
64.2%
#79
Moreno Valley, CA
Previously #70 at 64.8%
64.2%
#80
Thousand Oaks, CA
Previously #81 at 63.9%
64.2%
#81
Santa Rosa, CA
Previously #33 at 67.2%
64.1%
#82
Oceanside, CA
Previously #85 at 63.6%
64.0%
#83
Norwalk, CA
Previously #123 at 59.3%
64.0%
#84
Chico, CA
Previously #90 at 63.2%
63.9%
#85
Elk Grove, CA
Previously #76 at 64.2%
63.8%
#86
Roseville, CA
Previously #105 at 61.3%
63.7%
#87
Lakewood, CA
Previously #72 at 64.6%
63.7%
#88
Vallejo, CA
Previously #83 at 63.8%
63.7%
#89
Riverside, CA
Previously #97 at 62.3%
63.6%
#90
Yorba Linda, CA
Previously #108 at 61.1%
63.4%
#91
El Cajon, CA
Previously #115 at 60.1%
63.4%
#92
Irvine, CA
Previously #80 at 64.0%
63.3%
#93
Carlsbad, CA
Previously #40 at 66.6%
63.0%
#94
Newport Beach, CA
Previously #102 at 61.8%
62.9%
#95
El Monte, CA
Previously #118 at 59.7%
62.9%
#96
Laguna Niguel, CA
Previously #48 at 66.0%
62.8%
#97
Chino Hills, CA
Previously #61 at 65.3%
62.8%
#98
Palo Alto, CA
Previously #110 at 60.8%
62.7%
#99
East Los Angeles, CA
Previously #89 at 63.2%
62.7%
#100
Lodi, CA
Previously unranked
62.5%
#101
Garden Grove, CA
Previously #54 at 65.6%
62.3%
#102
Pomona, CA
Previously #18 at 68.7%
62.3%
#103
Berkeley, CA
Previously #88 at 63.3%
62.2%
#104
Citrus Heights, CA
Previously #62 at 65.3%
62.2%
#105
Torrance, CA
Previously #69 at 64.8%
62.2%
#106
Clovis, CA
Previously #53 at 65.7%
62.1%
#107
Carson, CA
Previously #39 at 66.6%
61.5%
#108
Compton, CA
Previously #109 at 61.1%
61.5%
#109
Fresno, CA
Previously #107 at 61.2%
61.4%
#110
Folsom, CA
Previously #106 at 61.3%
61.2%
#111
Westminster, CA
Previously #126 at 58.4%
61.2%
#112
Bakersfield, CA
Previously #74 at 64.4%
61.1%
#113
Murrieta, CA
Previously #87 at 63.5%
61.0%
#114
Carmichael, CA
Previously #99 at 61.9%
60.9%
#115
Arden-Arcade, CA
Previously #119 at 59.6%
60.7%
#116
Alhambra, CA
Previously #111 at 60.7%
60.3%
#117
Florence-Graham, CA
Previously #104 at 61.4%
60.3%
#118
Whittier, CA
Previously #68 at 64.9%
60.0%
#119
San Leandro, CA
Previously #100 at 61.9%
60.0%
#120
Modesto, CA
Previously #116 at 60.0%
59.8%
#121
Davis, CA
Previously #129 at 56.9%
59.8%
#122
Stockton, CA
Previously #114 at 60.4%
59.5%
#123
Glendale, CA
Previously #75 at 64.3%
59.5%
#124
Redlands, CA
Previously #125 at 58.5%
59.2%
#125
Redding, CA
Previously #131 at 56.0%
58.2%
#126
Palmdale, CA
Previously #127 at 58.3%
58.2%
#127
Vacaville, CA
Previously #103 at 61.4%
58.1%
#128
Manteca, CA
Previously #95 at 62.8%
58.1%
#129
Madera, CA
Previously unranked
57.7%
#130
Indio, CA
Previously #133 at 54.0%
57.5%
#131
Lynwood, CA
Previously #101 at 61.8%
57.2%
#132
Walnut Creek, CA
Previously #117 at 60.0%
57.2%
#133
San Bernardino, CA
Previously #128 at 57.6%
56.2%
#134
Menifee, CA
Previously #130 at 56.4%
55.9%
#135
Victorville, CA
Previously #132 at 55.5%
55.4%
#136
Hesperia, CA
Previously #134 at 53.3%
54.9%
#137
Yuba City, CA
Previously #120 at 59.6%
54.6%
#138
Merced, CA
Previously #113 at 60.5%
53.7%
#139
Apple Valley, CA
Previously #135 at 52.2%
52.9%
#140
Lancaster, CA
Previously #136 at 50.6%
52.6%
#141
Hemet, CA
Previously #138 at 45.3%
50.3%
#142
Chino, CA
Previously #137 at 49.3%
48.1%


Data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-year estimates for 2017.

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