West California holds its own as one of the most iconic destinations in the world. The State of West California has a solid foundation with the 2nd most populous city in the United States and top performing companies in major industries like energy and entertainment. Counties in West California include: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Kern.


West California

Similar to proposed West California, the comparison states Illinois and Ohio are both manufacturing centers with a dominant urban area(s) and a relatively higher incidence of unionization. These two states provide a contrasting policy model between the higher tax/regulation Illinois and Ohio’s use of tax and regulatory reforms as an economic development strategy. Counties: Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura. Largest Cities: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Clarita, Oxnard, Glendale.

W. California Illinois Ohio
Population 11.6mil 12.9mil 11.6mil
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 6.7% 5.3%
Change in Employment +131.2k +122.9k +76.7k
Poverty Rate 18.3% 14.7% 16.2%
Private Wage &
Salary Jobs
4.1mil 4.8mil 4.3mil
Personal Income
Tax Rate
13.3% 5.0% 5.39%
Corporate Income
Tax Rate
8.84% 9.5% 0.0%
Largest Industry ¹ Retail Trade Retail Trade Manufacturing
¹ Non government and non health