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Bajalta California is the urban complex straddling the Mexico – United States border at the Pacific Oceanmarker. It consists of Southern California and the Baja Californiamarker cities of Tijuanamarker and Mexicalimarker. As defined by Michael Dear and Gustavo Leclerc of USCmarker, Bajalta California contains metropolitan Los Angelesmarker, San Diegomarker, Tijuanamarker, and Mexicalimarker.

Note that the term "Bajalta California" appears to be used almost exclusively, per Google, in discussions of Dear & Leclerc's book.


Core population

The combined population of Bajalta California as defined by Dear and Leclerc is over 24 million:
  • Los Angeles County: 10 Million
  • Orange County: 3.1 Million
  • San Diego County: 3 Million
  • San Bernardino County: 2 Million
  • Riverside County: 2 Million
  • Ventura County: 1 Million
  • Imperial County: 0.1 Million
  • Municipality of Tijuana: 1.5 Million
  • Municipality of Mexicali: 1 Million
  • Municipality of Ensenada: 0.4 Million
Total: 24,000,000

Additional populations

Various arguments can be made, based on varying criteria, for including some or all of the following urban areas:
  • Bakersfield (Kern County): 700,000
  • Santa Barbara County: 380,000
  • Las Vegas (Clark County): 2 Million
  • Phoenix Metro: 4 Million
Adjusted Total: 31,080,000


  • Dear, Michael, and Gustavo Leclerc. Postborder City: Cultural Spaces of Bajalta California, Routledge, 2003. ISBN 0-415-94420-1

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