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How many cities are in California?

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March 09, 2009 2:46AM

There are 478 incorporated cities in California, 22 of which are styled "Town of (Name)" instead of "City of (Name)." They are arranged in alphabetical order, with the "towns" marked '*'. Under California law (see, e.g., Government Code Sections 34500-34504) the terms "city" and "town" are explicitly interchangeable. The term "township" is obsolete, and the terms "village" and "borough" have never been used.