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Glossary

Historic Regions (12)
This glossary contains terms found in Commission publications, on this website, and in the education community. Several subsets of this glossary are available; click on the description in the menu to view them.
TermDefinition
Central Coast Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. This region consists of three counties just south of the San Francisco Bay Area (View a map):
  • Monterey
  • San Benito
  • Santa Cruz
Los Angeles County Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. This region is self-encompassing, located east of Ventura county, west of San Bernardino county, and south of Kern county (View a map).
Northern California Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. This region is the northern-most portion of the state consisting of 18 counties (View a map):
  • Butte
  • Colusa
  • Del Norte
  • Glenn
  • Humboldt
  • Lake
  • Lassen
  • Mendocino
  • Modoc
  • Nevada
  • Plumas
  • Shasta
  • Sierra
  • Siskiyou
  • Sutter
  • Tehama
  • Trinity
  • Yuba
Northern Central Valley Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. This region consists of ten counties just south of the Sacramento Area (View a map):
  • Alpine
  • Amador
  • Calaveras
  • Madera
  • Mariposa
  • Merced
  • Mono
  • San Joaquin
  • Stanislaus
  • Tuolumne
Orange County Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. This region is self-encompassing, located just south of Los Angeles county and west of Riverside county (View a map).
Region (Historic)A geographic subdivision of the state for use in statewide planning and statistical analysis. The Commission used the following eleven regions prior to 2003 (View a map): A cross-walk between these regions, the Commission's current regions, and regions used by other agencies can be found in the Data Element Cross-Walk System.
Sacramento Area Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. The Sacramento Area is the northern-most portion of California’s central valley and consists of four counties (View a map):
  • El Dorado
  • Placer
  • Sacramento
  • Yolo
San Bernardino/Riverside Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. This region, consisting of two counties, is projected to experience the largest population growth over the next ten years (View a map):
  • Riverside
  • San Bernardino
San Diego/Imperial Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. The two counties that comprise this region border Mexico (View a map):
  • Imperial
  • San Diego
San Francisco Bay Area Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. This region consists of the traditional nine Bay Area counties that are often treated as a unified region by various planning agencies (View a map):
  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Marin
  • Napa
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
South Coast Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. This region consists of the three counties just south of the Central Coast region (View a map):
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Ventura
Southern Central Valley Historic RegionOne of eleven regions used by the Commission for planning and statistical analysis prior to 2003. This region is the southern-most portion of California’s central valley and consists of five counties (View a map):
  • Fresno
  • Inyo
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Tulare