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Old 05-05-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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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.
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:49 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I think most people consider anything from Santa Barbara and the Grapevine south as Southern CA but would also include the large desert areas east of the Sierra Nevada's that stretch north of that area, like you said. Basically everything south of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Bernardino/Inyo Counties is Southern CA.
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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There is no official definition for the northern boundary of Southern California, however, most definitions in use include all the land south of the Tehachapi Mountains, located about 70 miles (113 km) north of Los Angeles.

from

Southern California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:09 PM
 
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I would consider anything north of monterey, fresno, inyo, and san benito county northern california. but, i think south, central, and north california is more correct.

anything north of ventura county, LA county, and the yucca valley part of san bernandino county is central to monterey, san benito, madera, fresno, and inyo county is central. anything south of that is south, and anything north is north.

there is no defined-south, central, or north
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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I belong to another club for owners of honda ridgelines and we have meets for the states and in California we have a southern cal meet, a northern cal meet, a central cal meet and an all cal meet. One of our members used google earth and mapped out the routes of members from San Diego and up to the Oregon border, the coast from Santa Cruz to Monterey turned out to be geographically center for the state coastwise. From Brookings Oregon at the California border to Watsonville is 470 miles and from Watsonville to Imperial Beach is 466 miles. That is along the coast.
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA
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Every county fully visible in this map is Southern California.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/76/Southern_California.png/550px- (broken link)

Its irksome to see maps that actually claim San Jose, Monterey and Yosemite as part SoCal....as if.
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:58 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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If you wear Birkenstocks you're in Northern California. If you wear flip-flops you're in Southern California.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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I agree 18montclair. That straight line with the counties is where they start and end.
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:01 PM
 
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On the 99 freeway in Madera, there is a palm tree and a redwood tree in the center median. Palm south / redwood north. That is the actual north/south line.
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:57 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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It should be obvious that there is no official dividing line between northern and southern California. It's up to each person or organization to decide for themselves.

Personally I'd like to split the state into two: Northern California, and Southern California. Only then will we find out where the official line is.
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