The boundaries for this regional center include:
- Los Angeles, California
- Orange, California
- San Diego, California
- San Bernardino, California
- Riverside, California
Southern California (SoCal) is the second-largest urbanized region in the United States. It consists of a heavily developed urban environment, along with vast arid areas that have been left undeveloped. Classified as a megaregion, the large urban areas include greater Los Angeles, greater San Diego, and the Inland Empire (county area around Riverside and San Bernardino). TW Properties, Inc. manages three regional centers in Southern California, covering five major counties that includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego.
- “#6 Happiest Place in the Nation for Young Professionals” (Forbes, 2013)
- “Riverside’s Reign as No. 1 ‘Intelligent Community’” (ICF, 2012)
- “20 Best Restaurants in American for 2013” (The Daily Meal, 2013)
- “One of the Top Ten Happiest U.S. Cities To Work (#9)” ( Forbes, 2011)
- “Nationally Ranked Hospital” (U.S. News, 2012)
To the west of Southern California lies the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands; to the south is the international border between the United States and Mexico.
Within its boundaries are two major world cities, Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as three of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. San Diego is the second most populous city in California, and the eighth most populous in the U.S. Just to the north, Los Angeles is the most populous city in California, and the second most populous in the country. Compared to the rest of the country, Los Angeles’s cost of living is 44.40% higher than the U.S. average.
The economy of Los Angeles is driven by international trade, entertainment (television, motion pictures, video games, recorded music), aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion, apparel, and tourism. Los Angeles is also the largest manufacturing center in the western United States.
More than 20 colleges, universities and schools are located in Southern California.
- University of California, Los Angeles
- San Diego State University
- California State University-Los Angeles
- University of California – Riverside
- California State University – San Bernardino
- Loyola Marymount University
- University of San Diego
- California Baptist University