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9431 Haven Avenue

Rancho Cucamuga, California, 91730

Phone 951 313 0162

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19745 E Colima Rd. # 1-537

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Southern California

Southern California
Southern California Images top from bottom, left to right: Downtown Los Angeles, San Diego Skyline, Village of La Jolla, Santa Monica Pier, Surfer at Black's Beach, Hollywood Sign, Disneyland, Hermosa Beach Pier
The Southern California megaregion. To the North is the Northern California megaregion while to the east is the Arizona Sun Corridor.
Country  United States
State  California
Largest City Los Angeles

Southern California (SoCal) is a megaregion, or megapolitan area, in the southern area of the U.S. state of California. Large urban areas include Greater Los Angeles and Greater San Diego. The urban area stretches along the coast from Ventura through the Southland and Inland Empire to San Diego. The international border of the United States and Mexico makes up the southern border. Southern California is a major economic center for the state of California and the nation.

Southern California's population encompasses five metropolitan, or MSA, areas: Los Angeles County and Orange County together make up the Los Angeles metropolitan area; the Inland Empire consists of such cities as Riverside, Ontario, and San Bernardino; the San Diego metropolitan area; the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura metro area; and the El Centro area. Out of these, three are heavy populated areas; the Los Angeles area with over 12 million inhabitants, the Riverside-San Bernardino area with over 4 million inhabitants, and the San Diego area with over 3 million inhabitants. For CSA metropolitan purposes, the five counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura are all combined to make up the Los Angeles metropolitan area; with San Diego as Southern California's other CSA metropolitan area. With over 22 million people, roughly 60% of California's population resides in Southern California.

To the east of Southern California are the Colorado Desert and the Colorado River at the border with the state of Arizona, and the Mojave Desert at the border with the state of Nevada. To the south lies the international border with Mexico, and to the west lies the Pacific Ocean.


 1 Significance
  • 2 Northern boundary of Southern California
  • 3 Urban landscape
  • 4 Natural landscape
  • 5 Geography
    • 5.1 Geographic features
  • 6 Geology
    • 6.1 Earthquakes
  • 7 Regions
    • 7.1 Divisions
  • 8 Populace
    • 8.1 Cities
    • 8.2 Counties
  • 9 Economy
    • 9.1 Industries
    • 9.2 Major central business districts
    • 9.3 Theme parks and waterparks
    • 9.4 Vinyard-Winery AVA districts
  • 10 Transportation
    • 10.1 Airports
    • 10.2 Freeways
    • 10.3 Public transportation
  • 11 Communication
    • 11.1 Telephone area codes
  • 12 Colleges and universities
  • 13 Parks and recreation areas
  • 14 Sports teams
  • 15 See also
  • 16 References
  • 17 External links