Coastal California, also known as the California Coastline and the Golden Coast, refers to the coastal regions of the U.S. state of California. The term is not primarily geographical as it also describes an area distinguished by cultural, economic and political attributes.
The area includes the North Coast, San Francisco Bay Area (including Silicon Valley), Central Coast, and South Coast. During the 2000 Census, roughly a third of households had incomes exceeding $75,000, compared to 17.6% in the Central Valley and 22.5% at the national average.
The region is known for being home to artisan communities such as Laguna Beach and Carmel as well as the natural environment of the Redwood Forests of the North Coast. While the area has always been relatively expensive, when compared to inland regions and the national average, the recent[when?] real estate boom has left it as the most expensive housing market in the nation. An October 2004 CNN Money publication found that a 2,200-square-foot (200 m2) home in a "middle management neighborhood" would cost an average of $1.8 million.
The coastline is slowly eroding due to climate change, though much more slowly in other places in the United States. In the last 100 years, the water line has risen less than 6 inches along the coast of California. In the next 100 years, the water is expected to surge as much as 9 feet, bringing into question the fate of the many million dollar homes settled right on the edge of the sea.
The counties commonly seen as constituting coastal California are:
- Alameda County, California
- Contra Costa County, California
- Del Norte County, California
- Humboldt County, California
- Los Angeles County, California
- Marin County, California
- Mendocino County, California
- Monterey County, California
- Napa County, California
- Orange County, California
- San Benito County, California[dubious ]
- San Diego County, California
- San Francisco, California
- San Luis Obispo County, California
- San Mateo County, California
- Santa Barbara County, California
- Santa Clara County, California
- Santa Cruz County, California
- Solano County, California
- Sonoma County, California
- Ventura County, California
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- "US Census Bureau, US household income". Archived from the original on 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "CNN Money, housing markets". Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "The California coast is disappearing under the rising sea. Our choices are grim". Retrieved July 8, 2019.