San Diego Marina district
Greater Los Angeles in yellow and peach; urbanized areas in gray; Los Angeles proper lined in blue; Los Angeles metropolitan area lined in red.
Sunset in Venice, a neighborhood in Los Angeles
Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach
Downtown Los Angeles in 2016
California counties below the 36th standard parallel
Many areas are completely filled with houses, buildings, roads, and freeways as observed in Vermont Vista, a Los Angeles neighborhood.
Topography of the border region
Downtown Los Angeles
Percent of households with incomes above $150k across LA County census tracts.
Los Angeles Basin at dawn
Köppen climate types of southern California
Aerial view of Newport Beach in Orange County
Proctor Valley in Chula Vista
San Bernardino Valley
Autumn of 2008 in southern California.
The Ventura coast
Satellite view of southern California, including the Channel Islands
Port of Long Beach
View from La Jolla Cove in San Diego.
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park
Peaks in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino County.
Laguna Beach coastline is popular for sunbathers
Yucca Valley with Visitor Center in Background in June 2017.
Warner Brothers Studios in the San Fernando Valley
Ocean Beach Sunset in San Diego.
Los Angeles Zoo
Northridge earthquake shake map
Cal State LA's The Golden Eagle, consisting of two adjoining structures separated by a promenade.
Salton Sea in the Coachella Valley
Rush hour on the Harbor Freeway, Downtown
The Oceanside Pier on the San Diego County coast
Map of LA County Metro
Downtown San Bernardino
Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles
Taco Bell Headquarters in Irvine
UCLA–USC rivalry, both universities are located in Los Angeles and are members of the Pac-12 Conference. The rivalry between the two is among the more unusual in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I sports, because the campuses are only 12 miles (19 km) apart, and both are located within the same megacity.
Disneyland in Anaheim
Los Angeles
Interstate and state highway system of Southern California
Long Beach
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's combined Super Chief-El Capitan pulls into Los Angeles's Union Passenger Terminal on September 24, 1966.
University of California, Los Angeles
California Institute of Technology

Greater Los Angeles is the second-largest metropolitan region in the United States with a population of 18.5 million as of 2021, encompassing five counties in southern California extending from Ventura County in the west to San Bernardino County and Riverside County in the east, with Los Angeles County in the center and Orange County to the southeast.

- Greater Los Angeles

It includes the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second most populous urban agglomeration in the United States.

- Southern California

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Orange County, California

Orange County map, 1921
Laguna Beach (with Newport beach in background).
Los Angeles County before the secession of Orange County in 1889
A billboard for Nixon's Restaurant in Orange County, circa 1955
One of the few remaining farms near the ocean, 1975. Photo by Charles O'Rear.
Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach, Southern Orange County
View of Newport Center and the Santa Ana Mountains from Newport Harbor
Aerial view of an edge city: Irvine Business Complex (top), John Wayne Airport runway (upper center), South Coast Metro buildings (lower center) and below, the South Coast Plaza mall
Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley from over Costa Mesa
Major facilities in the Anaheim–Santa Ana edge city, plus the locations of the adjacent downtowns
MainPlace Mall
Orange County Density Map. Darker shades indicate more densely populated areas.
The developing urban core in the City of Irvine.
Newport Center and Fashion Island
State Route 1 winds down the coast over Corona Del Mar State Beach
Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)
Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center
1965 aerial photo of Anaheim Disneyland, Disneyland Hotel with its Monorail Station. The Disneyland Heliport, surrounding orange groves, Santa Ana Freeway (now I-5) and the Melodyland Theater "in the round," and part of the City of Anaheim. Anaheim Stadium can be seen under construction near the upper left.
Street banners promoting the county's two major league teams, the Ducks and the Angels.

Orange County is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in Southern California.

Inland Empire

Yucca Valley, within the Morongo Basin, is halfway between the San Bernardino Valley and the Arizona state line.
A map of the United States, highlighting the twin counties of the Inland Empire
Drawing of San Bernardino (1852)
Arlington Heights Citrus Groves, Riverside circa 1903
View of the San Bernardino Valley from the San Bernardino Mountains. The Santa Ana Mountains are visible in the distance.
This map, created by the Regional Plan Association, illustrates the Southern California megaregion.
Regional Plan Association map of the USA showing the eleven emerging megaregions
Boxcars, Rialto, California
Housing construction in Fontana, looking northeast along Interstate 15. Since 1980, the city's population has grown by 170,000.
I-10–I-215 Interchange traffic, south of downtown San Bernardino
sbX Green Line's Civic Center Station in downtown San Bernardino
sbX Hospitality West Station, downtown San Bernardino
The Redlands California Temple is one of four LDS temples in Southern California.
California State University, San Bernardino
University of California, Riverside
Lamb of God playing at Ozzfest at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, San Bernardino, 2007
At 330 ft high, the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa tower is the tallest building in the Inland Empire. Concerts and events are booked inside.
California Theatre in downtown San Bernardino
Inland Empire 66ers playing at San Manuel Stadium in downtown San Bernardino

The Inland Empire (IE) is a metropolitan area and region in Southern California, inland of and adjacent to coastal California, centering around the cities of San Bernardino and Riverside, and borders Los Angeles County to the west.

The boundaries of the Inland Empire are nebulous, but the region is generally defined as the cities of western Riverside County and southwestern San Bernardino County, adjacent to the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Los Angeles

Major city in the U.S. state of California.

Major city in the U.S. state of California.

Felipe de Neve led the Los Angeles Pobladores in founding the city in 1781.
Hill Street, looking north from 6th Street, c. 1913. Notable sites include Central Park (today's Pershing Square) (the trees, lower left), Hotel Portsmouth (lower right), and the Hill Street tunnel (at end of street).
General George Patton during a welcome-home parade in Los Angeles, June 9, 1945
Satellite photo showing the city of Los Angeles
Nighttime photograph of South Bay (Los Angeles County), 2017, with the Pacific Ocean to the left (dark region), Palos Verdes next to the right (few lights), San Pedro in the center foreground, and Terminal Island in the right foreground (bright region)
Oldest palm tree in Los Angeles, 2019, with the Los Angeles Coliseum in the background
A view of Downtown Los Angeles in the background and the Hollywood district with the circular Capitol Records Building in the foreground
MacArthur Park in Westlake
A clear evening view of Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign from the Griffith Observatory lawn
The city is often covered in smog, December 2005.
Percentage of households with incomes above $150k across LA County census tracts
Map of racial and ethnic distribution in Los Angeles, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is the mother cathedral for the Los Angeles archdiocese.
Homeless people outside city hall, 2021
The LAPD on May Day 2006 in front of the new Caltrans District 7 Headquarters
Employment by industry in Los Angeles County (2015)
Kaiser Sunset Hospital in Los Angeles. Kaiser Permanente was the largest non-government employer in Los Angeles County in 2018.
Hollywood Bowl
The Dolby Theatre, venue for the Academy Awards
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Dodger Stadium Arena is a sports arena, home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Sparks.
The Tom Bradley Room, making up the whole interior of L.A. City Hall's 27th floor
Los Angeles branch of the California State Normal School on Vermont Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, between 1882 and 1914. The site is now occupied by the Los Angeles Central Library.
California State University, Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Central Library is in Downtown Los Angeles.
Former Los Angeles Times headquarters in the Civic Center
The Fox Plaza in Century City, headquarters for 20th Century Fox
The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, connecting the Century Freeway (I-105) and the Harbor Freeway (I-110)
Los Angeles Metro Rail and Metro Transitway map
The Vincent Thomas Bridge is at Terminal Island.
A sign near City Hall points to the sister cities of Los Angeles.

The city of Los Angeles lies in a basin in Southern California.

The Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of over $1.0 trillion, making it the third-largest economic metropolitan area in the world after Tokyo and New York.

San Diego

Major city in the U.S. state of California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and immediately adjacent to the Mexican border.

Major city in the U.S. state of California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and immediately adjacent to the Mexican border.

The Kumeyaay, also known as the Diegueño, have inhabited the area of San Diego for thousands of years.
San Diego's namesake is the 15th-century Spanish saint Didacus of Alcalá.
José María Estudillo served as commandant of the Presidio of San Diego and founded the Estudillo family, a powerful San Diego clan of Californios.
The 1846 Battle of San Pasqual was a decisive battle between American and Californio forces during the U.S. Conquest of California.
The namesake of Horton Plaza, Alonzo Horton developed "New Town," which became Downtown San Diego.
Balboa Park on the cover of a guidebook for the World Exposition of 1915
Satellite view of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico
Mission Valley facing Northwest, taken from Arista Street. Mission Bay can be seen in the distance.
Normal Heights, a neighborhood of San Diego
San Diego skyline, seen in January 2021
Surfers at Pacific Beach
Coastal canyon in Torrey Pines State Reserve
San Diego viewed against the Witch Creek Fire smoke
Map of racial distribution in San Diego, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
A U.S. Navy vice admiral and an intelligence specialist celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month in San Diego
USS Midway museum ship
F/A-18 Hornet flying over San Diego and the USS John C. Stennis
View on Harbor Drive
Downtown San Diego, as seen from Coronado Island
Qualcomm corporate headquarters
Official portrait of Mayor Todd Gloria
San Diego City Council chambers
San Diego Police Department car in the city center
San Diego State University's Hepner Hall
University of California, San Diego's Geisel Library, named for Theodor Seuss Geisel ("Dr. Seuss")
The Museum of Us
Petco Park, home of the Padres since 2004
I-5 looking south toward downtown San Diego
View of Coronado and San Diego from the air
Cross Border Xpress bridge from the terminal in San Diego on the right to the main terminal of Tijuana Airport on the left

Like much of Southern California, the majority of San Diego's current area was originally occupied on the west by coastal sage scrub and on the east by chaparral, plant communities made up mostly of drought-resistant shrubs.

The urban area of San Diego extends beyond the administrative city limits and had a total population of 2,956,746, making it the third-largest urban area in the state, after that of the Los Angeles metropolitan area and San Francisco metropolitan area.

The July 10, 2021 front page
of the Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Daily newspaper that started publishing in Los Angeles in 1881 and is now based in the adjacent suburb of El Segundo.

Daily newspaper that started publishing in Los Angeles in 1881 and is now based in the adjacent suburb of El Segundo.

The July 10, 2021 front page
of the Los Angeles Times
The July 10, 2021 front page
of the Los Angeles Times
Chandler and Otis 1917
Rubble of the L.A. Times building after the 1910 bombing
Times newspaper vending machine featuring news of the 1984 Summer Olympics
Abandoned Los Angeles Times vending machine in Covina, California, in 2011
Partial front page of the Los Angeles Times for Monday, April 24, 1922, displaying coverage of a Ku Klux Klan raid in an L.A. suburb
Front page of the debut (March 25, 1903) issue of the short-lived The Wireless, published in Avalon
2009 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus
<center>The 1886 Times building, northeast corner 1st/Broadway</center>
<center>Times 1886 building after bombing on October 1, 1910</center>
1912 Times building, demolished in 1938
Los Angeles Times Building, corner of 1st/Spring
<center>The 1948 Crawford Addition (or Mirror Building), NW corner 2nd/Spring, 2020</center>
1973 Pereira Addition, SE corner 1st/Broadway

She speculated that the paper's revenue shortfall could be reversed by expanding coverage of economic justice topics, which she believed were increasingly relevant to Southern California; she cited the paper's attempted hiring of a "celebrity justice reporter" as an example of the wrong approach.

By the mid-1940s, the Times was the leading newspaper in terms of circulation in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

University of Southern California

Private research university in Los Angeles, California.

Private research university in Los Angeles, California.

Robert M. Widney, founder of the university, photographed in 1885
The Widney Alumni House, the campus's first building
"Tommy Trojan" is a major symbol of the university, though he is not the mascot.
Doheny Library
The Bovard Auditorium houses many of USC's administrative offices as well as the auditorium
Zumberge Hall, one of the original buildings on the University Park Campus
The Center for International and Public Affairs, topped by a 5500 lb globe, is the tallest structure on campus. Built under the second master plan, it reflects a trend towards modernism during that period.
Waite Phillips Hall, home to the USC Rossier School of Education, is one of the university's main landmarks
The original Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center
Bovard Hall, shortly after completion in 1921; the streets later became pedestrian-only
The Gwynn Wilson Student Union on the University Park campus
The Law School building is one of the handful of examples of Brutalist architecture on the main campus.
Mudd Hall of Philosophy
School of Cinematic Arts.
The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
The Leavey Library, completed in the mid-1990s, reflected a shift to earlier Romanesque architecture in that era. It is USC's newest library
Interior of the Doheny Memorial Library
The Eileen L. Norris Cinema Theatre, where the THX sound system was first developed and installed by Tomlinson Holman.
The Galen Center, home of USC basketball and volleyball
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during a USC football game
USC mascot Traveler with Trojan Warrior and The Spirit of Troy
During the week prior to the traditional USC-UCLA rivalry football game, the Tommy Trojan statue is covered to prevent UCLA vandalism.
The drum major of the Spirit of Troy wears a more elaborate uniform and conducts the band with a sword.
The Song Girls celebrating a USC Trojans football victory
Fountain outside of Doheny Library with the Center for International and Public Affairs; both buildings were used in the film The Graduate as stand-ins for UC Berkeley.
Shinzo Abe
Marcus Allen
Herb Alpert
Judd Apatow
Neil Armstrong
Beck Bennett
Aloe Blacc
LeVar Burton
Jerry Buss
John Carpenter
Julie Chen
Warren Christopher
Jon M. Chu
Lily Collins
Teresa Teng
Ryan Coogler
Mark Z. Danielewski
Jenna Dewan
Will Ferrell
America Ferrera
Frank Gehry
David S. Goyer
Topher Grace
Macy Gray
Daryl Hannah
Dean Heller
Barron Hilton
Dexter Holland
Ron Howard
Jon Huntsman Sr.
Regina King
Pablo Kleinman
George Lucas
Takeo Miki
Ron Mix
CeCe Moore
Mohamed Morsi
Pat Nixon
Kelly Preston
Shonda Rhimes
John Ritter
Jay Roach
Mark Rober
Gene Roddenberry
Cybill Shepherd
Hilda Solis
John Wayne
Matthew Weiner
Forest Whitaker
Andrew Viterbi
Louis Zamperini
Robert Zemeckis
Doug Emhoff
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The University of Southern California is the largest private employer in the Los Angeles area and generates an estimated $8 billion of economic impact on the state of California.

The USC School of Architecture was established in 1916, the first in Southern California.

Santa Ana, California

City and the county seat of Orange County, California.

City and the county seat of Orange County, California.

Don Bernardo Yorba, a prominent Californio ranchero, owned all of Santa Ana and served as its alcalde (mayor).
José Andrés Sepúlveda, a famed Californio vaquero, purchased most Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, but lost his land claim after the U.S. Conquest of California.
The original Mission Revival style Santa Ana Public Library, built 1901-05.
A city poster, circa 1932.
The Spanish Revival style Lathrop Jr. High School, demolished 1970.
Downtown Santa Ana.
Centennial Regional Park.
The historic California Churrigueresque style Santora Building.
The Pacific Symphony Center.
The historic Casa del Rey.
The Ebell Society of Santa Ana.
Historic Downtown Santa Ana.
Downtown Santa Ana.
W.H. Spurgeon Building.
The Bowers Museum.
The West End Theatre.
Historic YMCA Building.
Santa Ana Post Office.
Santa Ana City Hall.
Mater Dei High School.
California Coast University.
The Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center was built in 1985.
Discovery Cube Orange County.

Located in the Greater Los Angeles region of Southern California, the city's population was 310,227 at the 2020 Census, making Santa Ana the 13th-most populous city in California and the 4th densest large city in the United States (behind only New York City, San Francisco, and Boston).

Long Beach, California

City in Los Angeles County, California.

City in Los Angeles County, California.

Don Juan Temple purchased Rancho Los Cerritos, covering modern-day Long Beach, in 1843.
In 1844, Juan Temple built the Casa de los Cerritos, the oldest building in Long Beach, in a Monterey Colonial style.
The First National Bank of Long Beach at the turn of the century
Long Beach pier, 1905
Long Beach boardwalk, 1907
Oil field in Long Beach, 1920
Ford's Long Beach Assembly in 1930
Worker in the Douglas Aircraft Company plant, Long Beach, 1942. Photo by Alfred T. Palmer.
C-47 transport planes being built in the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach during World War II
Downtown, Shoreline Marina, and the Port of Long Beach, 2010
Neighborhood map of the City of Long Beach
Panoramic view of Long Beach
View from Signal Hill to Villa Riviera and port cranes (c. 2009)
Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve
Map of racial distribution in Long Beach, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
The Wrigley neighborhood
View of downtown from the Queen Mary at night
Downtown Long Beach at dusk
Two young men at the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade and Festival in 2015.
RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor
Bluff Park, and the Shoreline Pedestrian Bikepath and Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier
Walking trail in the El Dorado Nature Center
The Belmont Heights neighborhood
Rancho Los Alamitos
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
2005 Grand Prix of Long Beach, showing turn 10 and the Long Beach skyline
Long Beach Marine Stadium, created to host the rowing events for the 1932 Summer Olympics
Waves at Long Beach and the Bixby Hotel under construction, circa 1906
Veterans Memorial Stadium, home to the Long Beach City College football team
Long Beach Civic Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 2019
US Post Office-Long Beach Main
The Long Beach Naval Shipyard and the USS David R. Ray, Tarawa, and Essex in 1993. In the background is the original Gerald Desmond Bridge.
The Walter Pyramid at California State University, Long Beach
Northwest-facing view of the harbor and port at dusk
Long Beach Cruise Terminal
The "Passport" shuttle
A Metro Blue Line train arrives at the Downtown Long Beach Station (the service was renamed to the A Line in 2019 and the station renamed to Transit Mall Station in July 2013).
Long Beach Airport with Mount San Antonio and Timber Mountain in the background

Incorporated in 1897, Long Beach lies in Southern California in the southern part of Los Angeles County.

Several freeways run through Long Beach, connecting it with the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

Arid regions of the Western United States as mapped in 1893

Coachella Valley

Arid regions of the Western United States as mapped in 1893

The Coachella Valley is an arid rift valley in the Colorado Desert of Southern California's Riverside County.

The Coachella Valley connects with the Greater Los Angeles area to the west via the San Gorgonio Pass, a major transportation corridor, traversed by Interstate 10 and the Union Pacific Railroad.

Riverside County, California

Yucca pines near Ryan Mountain Trail in Joshua Tree National Park
Riverside County Historic Courthouse
The 161-foot, 48-bell, carillon tower at the University of California, Riverside.

Riverside County is a county located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California.

The county is also included in the Los Angeles-Long Beach Combined Statistical Area.