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Greater Los Angeles Area

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Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in Southern California
Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in Southern California

The Greater Los Angeles Area is the suburban area around the city of Los Angeles, California. This informal term should not be confused with the term The Southland, a name often used by Southern California news outlets. The scope of the term has been variously used to include one to five Southern California counties. At its most compact, the term means only Los Angeles County. At its broadest, the term refers to all of the Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, which geographically encompass large extents of sparsely populated mountains and desert. As of 2005 the population was 17,545,623. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Greater Los Angeles Area has a total area of 87,972 km² (33,953 mi²)

Due to the decentralized nature of Southern California, there is no universally accepted definition of the terms “Greater Los Angeles Area” or “Southland,” the definition varies from one region of Southern California to the next. Although some people, especially those outside of Southern California and some of those in Los Angeles proper, view the terms “Greater Los Angeles Area” and “Southland” as being synonymous, in many other parts of Southern California the term Greater Los Angeles Area is considered to be a sub-section of the Southland, along with the other sub-sections: Orange County Area, Inland Empire, and Ventura. With the counties of Southern California being the size of states on the east coast, the lack of one vibrant downtown area to serve this massive region, and the fact that mass transit does not work well due to its decentralized nature, most people outside of Los Angeles County do not go there and therefore do not assimilate with it. The people of Orange County use the term “Greater Los Angeles” to refer to the area to the north of Orange County’s borders. To use the term “Greater Los Angeles” to refer to areas outside of Los Angeles County causes a great deal of confusion when used in other parts of Southern California, especially in Orange County. Residents of Orange County, which like those of neighboring San Diego County have their own employment base, arts, and other metropolitan amenities in the middle of their own county, thereby resulting in the residents not needing to leave the county and thereby not closely identifying with a larger area.

Los Angeles--Riverside--Orange County CMSA Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area is an obsolete US Census Bureau defined area that also includes San Bernardino and Ventura County

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Anchor Cities of the Southland

Other suburbs with more than 100,000 inhabitants

Cities

For a complete list, please see List of cities and towns in the Southland, (California).

See also


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Capital Sacramento
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Regions
Antelope Valley | Central Valley | Central Coast | Channel Islands | Coachella Valley | Conejo Valley | Death Valley | Emerald Triangle | Gold Country | Greater Los Angeles | Imperial Valley | Inland Empire | Mojave | Northern California | Owens Valley | Palm Springs Area | Pomona Valley | Sacramento Valley | The Peninsula | Redwood Empire | San Fernando Valley | San Francisco Bay Area | San Gabriel Valley | Santa Clara Valley | Santa Clarita Valley | Shasta Cascade | Sierra Nevada | Silicon Valley | Southern California | Wine Country
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Urban areas and major cities
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine | Antioch-Pittsburg | Arroyo Grande-Grover Beach | Atascadero-Paso Robles | Bakersfield | Camarillo | Chico | Concord-Walnut Creek-Pleasanton | Davis | El Centro | Fairfield | Fresno-Clovis | Gilroy-Morgan Hill | Hemet | Indio-Palm Springs-Cathedral City | Livermore | Lodi | Lompoc | Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale | Madera | Manteca | Merced | Mission Viejo-Lake Forest | Modesto | Napa | Oakland-Berkeley | Oxnard-San Buenaventura | Palmdale-Lancaster | Petaluma | Porterville | Redding | Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario | Sacramento-Folsom-Roseville | Salinas | San Diego-Encinitas-Oceanside | San Francisco-Richmond-Redwood City | San José-Cupertino-Mountain View | San Luis Obispo | San Rafael-Novato | Santa Barbara-Goleta | Santa Clarita | Santa Cruz | Santa Maria | Santa Rosa | Seaside-Monterey-Marina | Stockton | Temecula-Murrieta | Thousand Oaks-Simi Valley | Tracy | Turlock | Vallejo | Victorville-Hesperia-Apple Valley | Visalia-Tulare-Porterville | Watsonville | Yuba City
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Counties
Alameda | Alpine | Amador | Butte | Calaveras | Colusa | Contra Costa | Del Norte | El Dorado | Fresno | Glenn | Humboldt | Imperial | Inyo | Kern | Kings | Lake | Lassen | Los Angeles | Madera | Marin | Mariposa | Mendocino | Merced | Modoc | Mono | Monterey | Napa | Nevada | Orange | Placer | Plumas | Riverside | Sacramento | San Benito | San Bernardino | San Diego | San Francisco | San Joaquin | San Luis Obispo | San Mateo | Santa Barbara | Santa Clara | Santa Cruz | Shasta | Sierra | Siskiyou | Solano | Sonoma | Stanislaus | Sutter | Tehama | Trinity | Tulare | Tuolumne | Ventura | Yolo | Yuba


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