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A  lawmaker from Southern California reportedly is using the Fourth of July holiday weekend to call for independence for 13 counties in the southern and easternmost parts of the state.

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone wants his county, and a dozen others, to secede from the rest of California in protest of  taxes and state raids on local  funds, according to the Press-Enterprise.

As a back of the envelope exercise, The Tell looks at what would be affected if Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties ever went forward with the effort.


The 13 counties have a total population of about 13 million, or 35% of the state’s total of 37 million people.


They include some of the state’s most populated regions, as well as some of its emptiest ones.


They account for 47% of the state’s land area.


They received 29% of the total amount of  federal spending in the state in 2008, the latest year for which data is available.


And they generated $155 billion in retail sales in 2007, the latest year for which data is available. That’s about 34% of the state’s total.


The per-county details:


County Population % state land area % state Fed spending (2008) % state Retail sales (2007) % state
Fresno 930,450 2.50% 5,963 3.82% 5,517,523 1.84% 9,808,267 2.16%
Imperial 174,528 0.47% 4,175 2.68% 1,237,108 0.41% 1,727,258 0.38%
Inyo 18,546 0.05% 10,203 6.54% 465,527 0.16% 241,967 0.05%
Kern 839,631 2.25% 8,141 5.22% 5,554,530 1.85% 7,876,043 1.73%
Kings 152,982 0.41% 1,391 0.89% 902,657 0.30% 1,035,901 0.23%
Madera 150,865 0.40% 2,136 1.37% 783,480 0.26% 1,010,216 0.22%
Mariposa 18,251 0.05% 1,451 0.93% 192,936 0.06% 84,507 0.02%
Mono 14,202 0.04% 3,044 1.95% 67,704 0.02% 154,316 0.03%
Orange 3,010,232 8.08% 789 0.51% 17,698,720 5.90% 45,022,513 9.89%
Riverside 2,189,641 5.88% 7,207 4.62% 9,810,213 3.27% 24,146,447 5.31%
San Bernadino 2,035,210 5.46% 20,053 12.86% 10,475,696 3.49% 21,717,402 4.77%
San Diego 3,095,313 8.31% 4,200 2.69% 32,212,733 10.74% 38,710,620 8.51%
Tulare 442,179 1.19% 4,824 3.09% 2,374,344 0.79% 3,900,853 0.86%
TOTAL 13,072,030 35.09% 73,577 47.18% 87,293,171 29.11% 155,436,310 34.16%
California 37,253,956 155,959 299,922,630 455,032,270
U.S. Census bureau data

The proposal would create the fifth largest state by population, after Texas, old California, New York and Florida.