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Old Posted Jan 27, 2018, 4:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Sun Belt View Post
Parts of the West Coast are in the Sun Belt, excluded the north west for obvious reasons.

All of these places are considered the Sun Belt. It's not just speak for the south. The southern states have their own identifier, it's called "The South". Same for the Western states and interior western states that are not in the Sun Belt.

California: Anaheim, Bakersfield, Fresno, Long Beach,
Los Angeles, Oakland, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino,
San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco
Nevada: Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Reno
Arizona: Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale,
Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria, Surprise, Yuma, Flagstaff
New Mexico: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe
Oklahoma: Lawton, Oklahoma City, Tulsa
Texas: Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso,
Ft. Worth, Houston, Irving, Laredo, Lubbock, Plano, San Antonio
Louisiana: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport
Alabama: Birmingham-Hoover, Mobile, Huntsville
Mississippi: Jackson
Georgia: Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah
Tennessee: Chattanooga, Clarksville, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville
Utah: St. George
Arkansas: Fayetteville, Little Rock
Florida: Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami,
Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach
North Carolina: Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Durham, Fayetteville, Wilmington
South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach

It is a huge geographical area and for some to say they're all similar is quite a stretch of the imagination.
SF and LA are a little pre-Sun Belt, but I know most people lump them in together because of the warmer climate. But those two cities boomed before the proliferation of air conditioning, and their survival isn't really dependent on it like that of other Sun Belt metropolitans. Especially SF.
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