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San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco and colloquially known as SF, San Fran, Frisco, or The City, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. 

With the technology influences along with the many entertainment venues such as, the numerous museums, performing arts, beaches, parks and sports, life in San Francisco is never dull.

Tourism is one of the city's largest private-sector industries, accounting for more than one out of seven jobs in the city.The city's frequent portrayal in music, film, and popular culture has made the city and its landmarks recognizable worldwide.

Northern California

Northern California
Northern California (known as NorCal) is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California.

Northern California's largest metropolitan area is the San Francisco Bay Area which consists of 9 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. The cities of San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and their many suburbs.

Included within the latter National Marine Sanctuary is the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge; this National Wildlife Refuge is one of approximately twenty-five such refuges in northern California. National forests occupy large sections of northern California.

Sport venues are popular throughout with motorsports, golf, and football.

Central California

Central California

Central California is a sub-region of Northern California, generally thought of as the middle third of the state, north of Southern California.

Definitions of central California are south of Sacramento and San Francisco Bay.

Central California is considered to be west of the crest of the Sierra Nevada. (East of the Sierras is Eastern California.) The largest cities in the region (over 50,000 population), from most to least populous, are Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton, Modesto, Salinas, Visalia, Clovis, Santa Maria, Merced, Turlock, Madera, Lodi, Tulare, Porterville, Hanford, and Delano.

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