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Metropolitan Areas in California (definition of metropolitan) with links to the local Cooperative Extension office:

Notes:
MSA = Metropolitan Statistical Area
(#) = Rural-Urban Continuum Code

 

Greater than 1 million population (1)

MSA: Los Angeles – Long Beach – Anaheim

Principal Cities: Anaheim, Arcadia, Burbank, Carson, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Gardena, Glendale, Irvine, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, Orange, Pasadena, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, Torrance, Tustin
MSA Counties: Los Angeles County, Orange

MSA: Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario

Principal Cities: Chino, Corona, Ontario, Redlands, Riverside, San Bernardino, Temecula, Victorville
MSA Counties: Riverside, San Bernardino

MSA: Sacramento – Roseville – Arden – Arcade
Arden-Arcade

Principal Cities: Folsom, Rancho Cordov, Roseville, Sacramento
MSA Counties: El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo

MSA: San Diego – Carlsbad

Principal Cities: Carlsbad, San Diego
MSA Counties: San Diego

MSA: San Francisco – Oakland – Hayward

Principal Cities: Berkeley, Hayward, Oakland, Pleasanton, Redwood City, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Rafael, San Ramon, South San Francisco, Walnut Creek
MSA Counties: Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa

MSA: San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara

Principal Cities: Cupertino, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale
MSA Counties: San Benito, Santa Clara

 

250,000 to 1 million population (2)

MSA: Bakersfield

Principal Cities: Bakersfield
MSA Counties: Kern

MSA: Fresno

Principal Cities: Fresno
MSA Counties: Fresno

MSA: Merced

Principal Cities: Merced
MSA Counties: Merced

MSA: Modesto

Principal Cities: Modesto
MSA Counties: Stanislaus

MSA: Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura

Principal Cities: Camarillo, Oxnard, San Buenaventura (Ventura), Thousand Oaks
MSA Counties: Ventura

MSA: Salinas

Principal Cities: Salinas
MSA Counties: Monterey

MSA: San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo

Grande

Principal Cities: Arroyo Grande, El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles), San Luis Obispo
MSA Counties: San Luis Obispo

MSA: Santa Cruz – Watsonville

Principal Cities: Santa Cruz, Watsonville
MSA Counties: Santa Cruz

MSA: Santa Maria – Santa Barbara

Principal Cities: Santa Barbara, Santa Maria
MSA Counties: Santa Barbara

MSA: Santa Rosa

Principal Cities: Santa Rosa
MSA Counties: Sonoma

MSA: Stockton – Lodi

Principal Cities: Lodi, Stockton
MSA Counties: San Joaquin

MSA: Vallejo – Fairfield

Principal Cities: Fairfield, Vallejo
MSA Counties: Solano

MSA: Visalia – Porterville

Principal Cities: Porterville, Visalia
MSA Counties: Tulare

 

Fewer than 250,000 population (3)

MSA: Chico

Principal Cities: Chico
MSA Counties: Butte

MSA: El Centro

Principal Cities: El Centro
MSA Counties: Imperial

MSA: Hanford Corcoran

Principal Cities: Corcoran, Hanford
MSA Counties: Kings

MSA: Madera

Principal Cities: Madera
MSA Counties: Madera

MSA: Napa

Principal Cities: Napa
MSA Counties: Napa

MSA: Redding

Principal Cities: Redding
MSA Counties: Shasta

MSA: Yuba City

Principal Cities: Yuba City
MSA Counties: Sutter, Yuba