21 Facts About Southern California


Southern California is a geographic and cultural region that generally comprises the southern portion of the U S state of California.

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Southern California includes the heavily built-up urban area which stretches along the Pacific coast from Ventura through Greater Los Angeles down to Greater San Diego, and inland to the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area).

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Southern California Megaregion is larger still, extending northeast into Las Vegas, Nevada and south across the Mexican border into Tijuana.

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Southern California is home to a large homegrown surf and skateboard culture.

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Southern California is home to many sports franchises and sports networks such as Fox Sports Net.

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Southern California is known for its mountain resort communities, such as Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, and Wrightwood, and their ski resorts, like Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, Snow Valley Mountain Resort, and Mountain High.

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Southern California is not a formal geographic designation, and definitions of what constitutes Southern California vary.

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Instead, the passing of the Compromise of 1850 enabled California to be admitted to the Union as a free state, preventing the southern half California from becoming its own separate slave state.

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Subsequently, Californians and pro-slavery Southerners in the lightly populated "cow counties" of southern California attempted three times in the 1850s to achieve a separate statehood or territorial status separate from Northern California.

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In 1900, the Los Angeles Times defined Southern California as including "the seven counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

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Southern California was the name of a proposed new state which failed to get on the 2018 California ballot.

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Much of Southern California is famous for its large, spread-out, suburban communities and use of automobiles and highways.

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Southern California contains other types of climates, including semi-arid, desert and mountain, with infrequent rain and many sunny days.

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Southern California is divided culturally, politically, and economically into distinct regions, each containing its own culture and atmosphere, anchored usually by a city with both national and sometimes global recognition, which is often the hub of economic activity for its respective region and being home to many tourist destinations.

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In Southern California, there are 14 cities with more than 200, 000 residents and 48 cities over 100, 000 residents.

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Many of Southern California's most developed cities lie along or in close proximity to the coast, with the exception of San Bernardino and Riverside.

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Southern California is home to most popular and famous literature in the region.

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Southern California has a diverse economy and is one of the largest economies in the United States.

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Southern California is famous for tourism and the entertainment industry.

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Southern California is home to the Port of Los Angeles, the country's busiest commercial port; the adjacent Port of Long Beach, the country's second busiest container port; and the Port of San Diego.

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Southern California is home to a number of popular NCAA sports programs such as the UCLA Bruins, the USC Trojans, and the San Diego State Aztecs.

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