What Are Some Major Southern California Cities?


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Southern California is home to a large group of major cities including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Long Beach and Anaheim. Other major cities in Southern California are Irvine, Riverside, Chula Vista, Santa Clarita, Bakersfield and Pasadena. Each of these cities has a population of at least 50,000 people, as of 2015.

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Of these major cities, Los Angeles, San Diego and Long Beach are the three largest. As such, they are home to more well-known attractions.

Los Angeles is famous for its celebrities as well as its world-class airport. The city is the home of the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers and Galaxy franchises.

San Diego, which is less than 20 miles from the Mexican border, is known for its beautiful beaches and for having ideal weather at all times of the year. San Diego is home to the San Diego Chargers football team as well as a large military presence.

Long Beach has miles of coastline, but is also known to be a vibrant urban environment. It's the home of the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, which hosts hundreds of events each year.

Other well-known towns in southern California include Laguna Beach and Avalon, although these areas are not typically classified as cities due to their smaller populations.

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