List: California’s Most Drought Stricken Cities

The top-9 cities are also currently tops in the nation.

Pulling data from the US Drought Monitor, the collaborative project that tracks droughts across the country, 24/7 Wall St. aggregated data for large urban areas across the nation.

It found 9 California cities with substantial populations beat out all others. The Drought Monitor classifies drought on a five-level scale of intensity. D0, called “Abnormally Dry,” is where it begins as map areas are colored a bright shade of yellow. Colors then turn increasingly redder, ultimately reaching the ominous burgundy of D4, “Exceptional Drought.”

  • Currently, over 46% of the state carries the D4 rating.
  • 94% of the state falls within the monitor’s D2-D4 ratings.

The top-9 urban areas are as follows:

9. Bakersfield, CA

8. Sacramento, CA

7. Chico, CA

6. Lancaster-Palmdale, CA

5. Yuba City, CA

4. Fresno, CA

3. Modesto, CA

2. Merced, CA

1. Hanford, CA

For the complete report detailing each cities' situation, see here.

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