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Coastal California refers to the coastal regions of the US state of Californiamarker. The term is not primarily geographical as it also describes an area distinguished by sociological, economical and political attributes. The coastal regions of California tend to be more politically liberal, affluent and expensive than other regions of the state. The area includes the North Coast, San Francisco Bay Areamarker (including Silicon Valleymarker), Central Coast, Santa Barbaramarker, Los Angeles metropolitan area and San Diegomarker. During the 2000 Census, roughy a third of households in coastal California had incomes exceeding $75,000, compared to 17.6% in the Central Valley and 22.5% at the national average. Nearly all congressional districts in the region are left-leaning with a mean Cook Partisan Voting Index of D +13.3, meaning that a Democratic presidential candidate will, on average, be 13.3 percentage points ahead of his Republican opponent.

The Cook Partisan Index in coastal california ranges from D +9 in California's 23rd congressional district, which includes coastal San Luis Obispo countymarker to D +20 in the 30th district, which includes Malibumarker, West Los Angeles and Beverly Hillsmarker, to D +36 in Nancy Pelosi's 8th district, which includes most of San Franciscomarker. The region is renowned for being home to artisan communities such as Laguna Beachmarker and Carmelmarker as well as its natural beauty as found in 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 real estate boom has left it as the most expensive housing market in the nation. An October 2004 CNN Money publication found that a home in a "middle management neighborhood" would cost an average of $1.8 million.

Of the counties of coastal California, only Del Norte Countymarker and Orange Countymarker voted for Republican candidate John McCain in 2008. Of the remaining counties, only San Luis Obispo Countymarker, Ventura Countymarker and San Diego Countymarker voted less than 60% for Democratic candidate Barack Obama; San Francisco Countymarker, the most Democratic county, voted nearly 84% for Obama.

Political inclination by congressional district

District Location Cook Partisan Index % for Bush, 2004 Median Household Income Per Capita Income
1st district Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Napa, Yolo Counties and a portion of Sonoma County D +10 38% $38,918 $20,615
6th districtmarker Marinmarker and Sonoma Countymarker D +21 28% $59,115 $33,036
9th districtmarker Oaklandmarker, Berkeleymarker and the Oakland hills D +38 13% $52,322 $34,552
8th district City of San Franciscomarker D +36 14% $44,314 $25,201
10th district City of Fairfieldmarker, Antiochmarker, Pleasant Hillmarker, Walnut Creekmarker, Livermoremarker D +9 42% $65,245 NO DATA
12th district San Francisco Peninsula including most of San Mateo Countymarker D +22 27% $70,307 $34,448
13th districtmarker Silicon Valley and East Bay, including Fremontmarker, Union citymarker and Haywardmarker D +22 28% $62,415 $26,076
14th district Silicon Valleymarker, including Redwood Citymarker, Mountain Viewmarker, Sunnyvalemarker, Palo Altomarker and most of Santa Cruz Countymarker D +18 30% $77,985 $43,063
15th district City of San Josemarker (western areas) D +14 36% $74,947 $32,617
16th district San Jose, Morgan Hillmarker D +16 N/A $67,689 $25,064
17th district Central Coast encompassing Monterey, Santa Cruzmarker and San Benito Countymarker D +17 33% $49,234 $21,244
23rd district Coastal regions of San Luis Obispomarker, Santa Barbaramarker and Ventura Countymarker D +9 40% $44,874 $20,747
24th district Inland regions of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as well some coastline near Thousand Oaksmarker R +5 56% $61,453 $26,998
30th district Western Los Angeles County, including Malibumarker, Santa Monicamarker, Beverly Hillsmarker, West Hollywoodmarker and Hollywoodmarker D +20 33% $60,713 $47,498
33rd district Western Los Angeles County, including Culver Citymarker D +36 16% $31,655 $19,250
34th district Los Angelesmarker D +23 30% $29,863 $11,816
35th district Los Angeles D +33 20% $32,156 $14,041
36th district Beach cities, Torrancemarker as well as parts of Los Angeles D +11 40% $51,633 $28,962
37th district Long Beachmarker, parts of Los Angeles and Comptonmarker D +27 25% $34,006 $14,286
38th district Eastern Los Angeles county and western San Gabriel Valley including Norwalkmarker, Pomonamarker, Santa Fe Springsmarker, La Puentemarker, the City of Industrymarker, Montebellomarker, and Pico Riveramarker, plus the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heightsmarker, Hacienda Heightsmarker, West Puente Valleymarker D +20 34% $42,488 $14,021
39th district South-eastern Los Angeles County D +13 40% $45,307 $15,250
40th district Northern Orange Countymarker, including Buena Parkmarker and Orangemarker R +8 60% $54,356 $22,434
44th district Orange County, including San Clementemarker and Riverside Countymarker, including the city of Riversidemarker R +6 59% $51,578 $21,335
46th district Northern Orange County, including Costa Mesamarker, Fountain Valleymarker, Huntington Beachmarker, Los Alamitosmarker, Seal Beachmarker, and Westminstermarker as well as parts of Long Beach and Los Angeles further north R +6 57% $61,567 $30,942
47th district Orange County, including Santa Anamarker, Garden Grovemarker and Anaheimmarker D +5 50% $41,618 $12,541
48th district Southern Orange County, including Aliso Viejomarker, Dana Pointmarker, Irvinemarker, Laguna Beachmarker, and parts of Newport Beachmarker, San Juan Capistranomarker R +8 58% $69,663 $37,242
49th district Northern San Diego and South-western Riverside County R +10 63% $46,445 $19,659
50th district Northern San Diego County, including coastal communities such as Carlsbadmarker but excluding La Jollamarker R +5 55% $59,813 $29,877
53rd district City of San Diegomarker including La Jolla, Coronadomarker and Imperial Beachmarker D +12 39% $36,637 $21,715
Regional averages
San Francisco Bay Area Districts: 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 D +23.4 25.14% $63,637 $31,757
Central Coast Districts: 17 & 23rd D +13 36.5% $47,054 $20,995
Southern California Districts: 24, 30, 33rd, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 53rd D +9.8 43.23% $47,703 $24,289
Overall averages
National Average N/A 51% $41,994 $21,587
Means for all districts Coastal California D +13.4 37.85% $51,895 $31,757

Geography of California's Coast

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