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Encyclopedia > The Southland

The Greater Los Angeles Area is the suburban area around the city of Los Angeles, California. This informal term is usually synonymous with the term The Southland, a name often used by Los Angeles area news outlets.

The scope of the term has been variously used to include one to five Southern California counties. At its more compact, the term means only Los Angeles County. At its broadest, the term referred to the all of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, which geographically encompassed large extents of sparsely populated mountain and desert.

Often, when people use either the term The Southland or the Greater Los Angeles Area it is in reference to the conurbation of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and usually does not include the urban portions of the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino.

Depending upon how one draws the boundaries, the Greater Los Angeles area is home to approximately 14 to 16 million people. It sprawls over 120 miles from Ventura in the west to San Bernardino in the east; and over 100 miles from San Clemente in the south to Lancaster in the north.

Map of California highlingting the Southland
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  • Los Angeles County
  • Orange County
  • Riverside County
  • San Bernardino County
  • Ventura County



For a complete list, please see List of towns in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

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Other suburbs with more than 100,000 inhabitants

  • Corona
  • Costa Mesa
  • Downey
  • East Los Angeles
  • El Monte
  • Fontana
  • Fullerton
  • Garden Grove
  • Huntington Beach
  • Inglewood
  • Irvine
  • Lancaster
  • Moreno Valley
  • Norwalk
  • Orange
  • Oxnard
  • Pasadena
  • Pomona
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • Santa Clarita
  • Simi Valley
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Torrance
  • West Covina

See also United States metropolitan area

Geography of California
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