South California is a state primed for fast growth. The birthplace of the U.S. biotechnology industry and home to both natural and man-made popular attractions, South California is ready to rise. Counties in South California include: San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, and Orange.


South California

The comparison states Georgia and North Carolina both generally rank high in most business climate rankings. Similar to the university centers in the proposed South California counties, North Carolina contains the Research Triangle that serves as a growth center for high tech portion of its economy. Counties: Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego. Largest Cities: San Diego, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Riverside, Chula Vista.

S. California Georgia North Carolina
Population 10.8mil 10.0mil 9.8mil
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 8.2% 7.0%
Change in Employment +105.4k -7.1k +9.1k
Poverty Rate 16.2% 19.2% 18.0%
Private Wage &
Salary Jobs
3.5mil 3.3mil 3.3mil
Personal Income
Tax Rate
13.3% 6.0% 5.8%
Corporate Income
Tax Rate
8.84% 6.0% ² 6.0%
Largest Industry ¹ Retail Trade Retail Trade Retail Trade
¹ Non government and non health   ² State has a gross receipts tax