101 Facts About Southern California

1. Southern California is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the Governor and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Assembly and Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of California and lower courts.

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2. Southern California is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the Governor and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Assembly and Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of California and lower courts.

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3. Southern California is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the Governor and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Assembly and Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of California and lower courts.

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4. Southern California is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the Governor and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Assembly and Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of California and lower courts.

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5. Southern California is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the Governor and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Assembly and Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of California and lower courts.

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6. Southern California is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the Governor and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Assembly and Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of California and lower courts.

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7. Southern California is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the Governor and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Assembly and Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of California and lower courts.

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8. Southern California was the oldest female southern sea otter at any zoo or aquarium.

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9. Southern California makes the same amount of money as Italy every year, and that Texas makes as much as Russia.

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10. In 2006, a naked man in Southern California was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.

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11. In 1992, Southern California became the first state to have a Senate delegation entirely composed of women.

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12. Southern California is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the Governor and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Assembly and Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of California and lower courts.

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13. Southern California is known for its car culture, giving California's cities a reputation for severe traffic congestion.

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14. Southern California is home to two major nuclear power plants: Diablo Canyon and San Onofre, the latter having been shut down in 2013.

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15. Southern California is home to such notable private universities as Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology, and the Claremont Colleges.

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16. Southern California is the only US state to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

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17. Southern California is home to the oldest college bowl game, the annual Rose Bowl, among others.

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18. Southern California has twenty major professional sports league franchises, far more than any other state.

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19. Southern California has twelve dioceses and two archdioceses, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the former being the largest archdiocese in the United States.

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20. Southern California continues to have a large Roman Catholic population due to the large numbers of Mexicans and Central Americans living within its borders.

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21. Culture of Southern California is a Western culture and most clearly has its modern roots in the culture of the United States, but, historically, many Hispanic Californio and Mexican influences.

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22. In terms of total numbers, Southern California has the largest population of White Americans in the United States, an estimated 22,200,000 residents.

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23. The center of population of Southern California is located in the town of Buttonwillow, Kern County.

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24. Southern California has a total of 290,821 acres of National Wildlife Refuges.

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25. Southern California has the greatest diversity of climate and terrain, the state has six life zones which are the lower Sonoran; upper Sonoran (foothill regions and some coastal lands), transition (coastal areas and moist northeastern counties); and the Canadian, Hudsonian, and Arctic Zones, comprising the state's highest elevations.

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26. Southern California is part of the Nearctic ecozone and spans a number of terrestrial ecoregions.

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27. Southern California contains more forestland than any other state except Alaska.

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28. Southern California is the 3rd largest state in the United States in area, after Alaska and Texas.

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29. Southern California manufactured 8.7 percent of total United States military armaments produced during World War II, ranking third among the 48 states.

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30. One of the largest ranchers in Southern California was John Marsh.

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31. Southern California groups were diverse in their political organization with bands, tribes, villages, and on the resource-rich coasts, large chiefdoms, such as the Chumash, Pomo and Salinan.

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32. Southern California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south.

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33. Southern California has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County.

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34. Southern California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States.

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

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36. Southern California is famous for its near-perfect weather and Los Angeles has plenty of outdoor activities to allow visitors to enjoy the sunshine.

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37. Southern California rapidly became one of the most diverse states as thousands of immigrants from Mexico, Europe, and China came in search of gold.

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38. Southern California experienced an influx of migrants from the Dust Bowl of the Great Plains throughout the 1930s.

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39. Southern California entered the Union as the thirty-first state on September 9, 1850.

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40. Southern California lies on the West Coast of the United States and is bounded on its 700-mile-long western side by the Pacific Ocean.

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41. Southern California has more book publishers than any state except New York.

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42. In 2005, Southern California had 68 morning dailies and 23 evening dailies; 61 newspapers had Sunday editions.

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43. In 2004, Southern California ranked first in the country for the number of housing units, with 12,804,702 units.

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44. In 2003, Southern California had 370 community hospitals with 74,300 beds.

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45. In 2004, Southern California ranked first in the nation in the value of nonfuel minerals produced with a total of $3.76 billion.

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46. Southern California was the leading state in squid catches at 87.3 million pounds.

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47. In 2003, Southern California produced 418.7 million pounds of turkey, which was valued at $150.7 million.

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48. In 2003, Southern California was the leading milk producer among the 50 states with 35.4 billion pounds of milk produced.

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49. In 2003 Southern California produced 49.7 million pounds.

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50. Southern California is a leading producer of livestock and dairy products.

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51. In 2003, Southern California was facing a $38 billion budget deficit, which was a factor in Governor Gray Davis's recall.

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52. In 2001, Southern California signed $40 billion in long-term power contracts, which were seen as assuring the state's power supply at reasonable rates.

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53. At the beginning of 1963, Southern California became the nation's most populous state.

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54. In 2005, Southern California had nearly 933 aircraft facilities, including 535 airports, 385 heliports, 11 seaplane bases, and 2 STOLports.

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55. Southern California leads the nation in private and commercial motorcycle registrations, at 611,000.

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56. In 2004, Southern California had a total of 169,791 miles of public roads, streets, and highways.

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57. Southern California has more motor vehicles than any other state and ranked second only to Texas in interstate highway mileage in 2004.

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58. In 2000, Southern California had the fifth-largest black population in the country, with 2,263,882 people.

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59. In 2006, Southern California had an estimated population of 36,457,549 people, the highest population among the 50 states.

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60. Southern California has since been a leader in recycling waste products.

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61. Southern California continues to be a major US center for motion-picture, television film, and related entertainment industries, especially in Hollywood and Burbank.

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62. Southern California was home to anti-Zionists who were active members in the *American Council for Judaism, an organization committed to combating Jewish nationalism.

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63. Southern California is so large and so diverse that it is difficult to characterize.

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64. Southern California emerged from World War II with a huge production capacity and a growing labor force.

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65. Southern California has everything from baseball to hockey to soccer to women's basketball.

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66. In 2003, Southern California led the nation in travel and tourism with a payroll of $19.7 billion.

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67. Southern California is one of the leading travel destination in the United States.

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68. Southern California stations pioneered in program development with the earliest audience-participation show and the first "soap opera", One Man's Family (1932).

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69. Southern California has nearly 576 museums and over 50 public gardens.

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70. Southern California is a member state of the regional Western States Arts Federation.

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71. Southern California has nurtured generations of writers, many of whom moved there from other states.

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72. Southern California became a haven for independent producers escaping an East Coast monopoly on patents related to filmmaking.

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73. In 2003, Southern California had 370 community hospitals with about 74,300 beds.

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74. In 2005, goods exported from Southern California were valued at $116.8 billion.

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75. In 2004, a total of 1,440,882 people in Southern California were employed in the state's manufacturing sector, according to the ASM.

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76. In 2004, Southern California had 1,272 producing natural gas and gas condensate wells.

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77. In 2004, Southern California had about 1,156 mines actively producing nonfuel minerals, which employed about 11,000 people.

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78. Southern California has more forests than any other state except Alaska.

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79. In 2002, the Southern California fishing fleet numbered 2,198 boats and vessels.

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80. In 2003, Southern California produced 418.7 million lb of turkey, which was valued at $150.7 million.

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81. In 2003, Southern California was the leading milk producer among the 50 states, with 35.4 billion lb of milk produced.

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82. In 2003 Southern California produced 49.7 million lb of sheep and lambs for a gross income of $69.8 million.

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83. Southern California was the top agricultural exporter in the United States with nearly $9.2 billion in 2004.

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84. Southern California has led the United States in agriculture for nearly 50 years with a diverse economy of over 250 crop and livestock commodities.

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85. Southern California leads the 50 states in economic output and total personal income.

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86. In 2006, Southern California received an estimated $42.467 billion in federal grants, and an estimated $43.293 billion in 2007.

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87. Southern California leads the 50 states in defense contracts received, numbers of National Guardsmen and military veterans, veterans' benefit payments, and funding for police forces.

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88. In 2003, Southern California spent $1,158,362,732 on homeland security, an average of $34 per state resident.

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89. Southern California has a complex judicial system and a very large correctional system.

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90. The University of Southern California became embroiled in a loyalty-oath controversy, culminating in the dismissal in 1950 of 32 professors who refused to sign an anticommunist pledge.

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91. Southern California had seven airports that ranked among the top 50 busiest airports in the United States in 2004.

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92. In 2005, Southern California had a total of 933 public and private-use aviation-related facilities.

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93. In 2004, Southern California had 286 mi of navigable inland waterways.

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94. Southern California leads the nation in private and commercial motorcycle registrations, at around 611,000.

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95. In 2004, Southern California had 169,791 mi of public roads.

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96. Southern California replaced New York as the decennial census leader in 1970, with a total of 19,971,069 residents, and has lengthened its lead ever since.

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97. Southern California is home to four Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance.

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98. Southern California is the only state in the United States with an extensive seacoast, high mountains, and deserts.

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99. Southern California Gas Company has identified the location of the leak in a well 3,000 feet below ground.

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100. Southern California beaches typically receive over a million visitors each year.

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101. Southern California is the only state that's hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

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