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Old 07-14-2014, 09:00 AM
 
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I think it works better divided into three sections.

Southern California: From Santa Barbara south to Mexico.

Central California: North of Santa Barbara to Monterey.

Northern California: From north of Monterey to Oregon.
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:16 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Like everyone said, there is Central California so there is no actual point where Norcal ends and Southern Cal just begins.

Here's what I think of it as...

Northern California: San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento metros (incl. Sacramento Valley), Eureka
Central California: Monterey to Santa Barbara on the coast, SJ Valley from Fresno to Stockton
Southern California: Los Angeles and San Diego metros, Riverside, and some of SJ Valley incl. Bakersfield
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Old 10-02-2015, 02:24 PM
 
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Like everyone said, there is Central California so there is no actual point where Norcal ends and Southern Cal just begins.

Here's what I think of it as...

Northern California: San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento metros (incl. Sacramento Valley), Eureka
Central California: Monterey to Santa Barbara on the coast, SJ Valley from Fresno to Stockton
Southern California: Los Angeles and San Diego metros, Riverside, and some of SJ Valley incl. Bakersfield
I like this, and generally break it up that way. It's very useful especially because the transition between Southern CA and Northern CA is a gradual one, and having a region in the middle helps illustrate that.

Although, I've always found it strange that SF never gets included in "central CA", when geographically, it's pretty center along the coast.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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I like this, and generally break it up that way. It's very useful especially because the transition between Southern CA and Northern CA is a gradual one, and having a region in the middle helps illustrate that.

Although, I've always found it strange that SF never gets included in "central CA", when geographically, it's pretty center along the coast.
I've always referred to it as central CA. It just seems more logical to do it this way:

Southern California - Imperial Beach in San Diego to Point Conception in Santa Barbara.

Central California - Point Conception to the southern terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Northern California - Northern end of GGB/Point Reyes up to the Oregon border.
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Old 06-15-2016, 04:34 AM
 
Location: The State Of California
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I don't think you can just cut the state into equal halves. Big Sur is culturally and geographically Northern California, but lies in the southern half of the state. Death Valley and Lake Mono are in the northern half of the state, but being desert are part of Southern California.

I think the border is where the rivers stop flowing south and flow north into the San Joaquin River, and in the east where the Sierra Nevadas turn into the desert. On the coast, San Simeon is where you enter Southern California.

California is divided into three regions , and not divided into halves SoCal & NorCal .

You have Northern California , and the Central Coastal California which runs into Southern California a little north of Santa Barbara CA.
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