Southern California

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Southern California (colloquially known as SoCal) is a geographic and cultural region that generally comprises the southernmost counties of California, and is the second most populous urban agglomeration in the United States.wikipedia
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Coachella Valley

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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 (the contiguous urban area in fact continuing into Tijuana, Mexico), and inland to the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area). Newly developed exurbs formed in the Antelope Valley, north of Los Angeles, the Victor Valley, and the Coachella Valley with the Imperial Valley.
The Coachella Valley is a desert valley in Southern California that extends approximately 45 mi in Riverside County southeast from the San Bernardino Mountains to the northern shore of the Salton Sea.

Riverside County, California

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The region contains ten counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.
Riverside County is a county located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California.

San Bernardino County, California

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The region contains ten counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.
San Bernardino County, officially the County of San Bernardino, is a county located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California, and is located within the Inland Empire area.

Santa Barbara County, California

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The region contains ten counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.
Santa Barbara County, California, officially the County of Santa Barbara, is a county located in the southern region of the U.S. state of California.

San Luis Obispo County, California

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The region contains ten counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.
San Luis Obispo County, officially the County of San Luis Obispo, is a county located in the southern region of the U.S. state of California.

Orange County, California

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The region contains ten counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.
The completion of Interstate 5 in 1954 helped make Orange County a bedroom community for many who moved to Southern California to work in aerospace and manufacturing.

California

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Southern California (colloquially known as SoCal) is a geographic and cultural region that generally comprises the southernmost counties of California, and is the second most populous urban agglomeration in the United States.
After a series of defensive battles in Southern California, the Treaty of Cahuenga was signed by the Californios on January 13, 1847, securing American control in California.

Huntington Beach, California

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Some of the most famous surf locations are in southern California as well, including Trestles, Rincon, The Wedge, Huntington Beach, and Malibu.
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California, located 35 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles.

Tijuana

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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 (the contiguous urban area in fact continuing into Tijuana, Mexico), and inland to the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area). The Southern California Megaregion (or megalopolis) is larger still, extending east into Las Vegas, Nevada and south across the Mexican border into Tijuana.
In Southern California, Tijuana is often referred to as TJ or T.J. Baja Californians have adopted this pronunciation as Tiyei.

Megalopolis

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The Southern California Megaregion (or megalopolis) is larger still, extending east into Las Vegas, Nevada and south across the Mexican border into Tijuana.
Note: Tijuana, Mexico is part of the Southern California megalopolis.

Colorado River

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The Colorado Desert and the Colorado River are located on southern California's eastern border with Arizona, and the Mojave Desert is located north on California's Nevada border.
Here, many diversions draw from the river, providing water for both local uses and distant regions including the Salt River Valley of Arizona and metropolitan Southern California.

Megaregions of the United States

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The Southern California Megaregion (or megalopolis) is larger still, extending east into Las Vegas, Nevada and south across the Mexican border into Tijuana.

Cinema of the United States

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The motion picture, television, and music industry are centered in the Los Angeles area in southern California.
By 1912, most major film companies had set up production facilities in Southern California near or in Los Angeles because of the region's favorable year-round weather.

Automobile Club of Southern California

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The two American Automobile Association (AAA) Auto Clubs of the state, the California State Automobile Association, and the Automobile Club of Southern California, choose to simplify matters by dividing the state along the lines where their jurisdictions for membership apply, as either northern or southern California, in contrast to the three-region point of view.
The Automobile Club of Southern California is the Southern California affiliate of the American Automobile Association (AAA) federation of motor clubs.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

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Traveling south on Interstate 5, the main gap to continued urbanization is Camp Pendleton.
It is on the Southern California coast, in San Diego County, and bordered by Oceanside to the south, Cleveland National Forest, San Clemente, and Orange County to the north, Riverside County to the northeast, and Fallbrook to the east.

Santa Maria, California

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Also, population growth was high in the Bakersfield-Kern County, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo areas.
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County.

Transverse Ranges

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The Transverse Ranges are a group of mountain ranges of southern California, in the Pacific Coast Ranges physiographic region in North America.

Peninsular Ranges

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The Peninsular Ranges (also called the Lower California province ) are a group of mountain ranges that stretch 1500 km from Southern California to the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula; they are part of the North American Coast Ranges, which run along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Mexico.

Rincon (surfspot)

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Some of the most famous surf locations are in southern California as well, including Trestles, Rincon, The Wedge, Huntington Beach, and Malibu.
Rincon (Spanish, "angle" or "corner") is a surf spot located at the Ventura and Santa Barbara County line in Southern California, USA.

Channel Islands (California)

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The Channel Islands (islas del Canal, Archipiélago del Norte) form an eight-island archipelago along the Santa Barbara Channel in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Southern California.

Deserts of California

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All of the deserts are located in eastern Southern California, in the Western United States.

Santa Ana Mountains

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The Santa Ana Mountains are a short peninsular mountain range along the coast of Southern California in the United States.

Victor Valley

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Newly developed exurbs formed in the Antelope Valley, north of Los Angeles, the Victor Valley, and the Coachella Valley with the Imperial Valley.
The Victor Valley is a valley in the Mojave Desert and subregion of the Inland Empire, in San Bernardino County in Southern California.

Partition and secession in California

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Subsequently, Californians (dissatisfied with inequitable taxes and land laws) 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.
Among the disputes, the South wanted to extend the Missouri Compromise line (36°30' parallel north), and thus slave territory, west to Southern California and to the Pacific coast, while the North did not.

Murrieta, California

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The cities and communities along Interstate 15 and Interstate 215 are so interrelated that Temecula and Murrieta have as much connection with the San Diego metropolitan area as they do with the Inland Empire.
Murrieta is located in the center of the Los Angeles-San Diego mega-region which contains a population of about 24 million people.