Our home in Orange County is referred to by people outside of Southern California as “L.A.” or “Greater L.A.”. Our Airport is listed as Orange County or Irvine or Santa Ana. When we say we are from Orange County, people look at us as someone who comes from a city that is so unknown, that we need to use the county name.
So what is the reality? Where are we from? Here are some quotes that I collected:
“the largest (areawise) urban regions in the world – the Los Angeles megalopolis”
Applied Information Science Branch of NASA
“Greater Los Angeles (also referred to locally as Southern California or The Southland) is such a sprawling area that residents refer to broad general sub-regions. It is not always meaningful to refer to Los Angeles as a distinct city, but people outside of Southern California commonly refer to the entire region as “L.A.,” even though there are five counties, over 100 distinct municipalities, hundreds of neighborhoods and districts, and more people than any individual state except for Texas, New York, and Florida.