Southern CaliforniaSouthern California
, or "SoCal
," is the southern portion of the state of California
. Geographically, the division between central and southern California is customarily at the Tehachapi Mountains. Politically, the region is defined roughly by the following eight counties (in descending order of population):
Over two-thirds of the state's population lives in Southern California.
The yellow/orange shade area is Southern California
Southern California contains the major cities of Los Angeles and San Diego and is a major hub of shipping and air travel, as well as a popular tourist destination and the center of the United States' film industry (Hollywood).
The term Southern California is sometimes used as a synonym for the Greater Los Angeles Area, but this is geographically inaccurate since it excludes the state's two southernmost counties: San Diego and Imperial. For the L.A. region, the term Southland is preferred.