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Pac-12 Conference
The PAC-12 CONFERENCE is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States
Western United States
, participating in 22 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two tiers of NCAA Division I football competition. The conference's 12 members are located in the states of Arizona
Arizona
, California
California
, Colorado
Colorado
, Oregon
Oregon
, Utah
Utah
, and Washington . They include each state's flagship public university, four additional public universities, and two private research universities
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Tucson, Arizona
TUCSON (/ˈtuːsɒn/ /tuːˈsɒn/ ) is a city and the county seat of Pima County
Pima County
, Arizona
Arizona
, United States, and home to the University of Arizona
Arizona
. The 2010 United States
United States
Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was 980,263. The TUCSON MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area (CSA), with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona
Arizona
behind Phoenix , both of which anchor the Arizona
Arizona
Sun Corridor . The city is located 108 miles (174 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 mi (97 km) north of the U.S.–Mexico border
U.S.–Mexico border

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California
Native languages as of 2007 * English 57.4% * Spanish 28.5% * Chinese 2.8% * Tagalog 2.2% DEMONYM Californian CAPITAL Sacramento LARGEST CITY Los Angeles
Los Angeles
LARGEST METRO Greater Los Angeles
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Public University
A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY is a university that is predominantly funded by public means through a national or subnational government, as opposed to private universities . Whether a national university is considered public varies from one country (or region) to another, largely depending on the specific education landscape
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Berkeley, California
BERKELEY (/ˈbɜːrkliː/ BURK-lee ) is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County , California
California
. It is named after the 18th-century Anglo-Irish
Anglo-Irish
bishop and philosopher George Berkeley . It borders the cities of Oakland
Oakland
and Emeryville to the south and the city of Albany and the unincorporated community of Kensington to the north. Its eastern border with Contra Costa County generally follows the ridge of the Berkeley Hills . The 2010 census recorded a population of 112,580. Berkeley is home to the oldest campus in the University of California system, the University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory , which is managed and operated by the University
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Boulder, Colorado
BOULDER (/ˈboʊldər/ ) is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Boulder County , and the 11th most populous municipality in the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Colorado
Colorado
. Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m) above sea level. The city is 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver
Denver
. The population of the City
City
of Boulder was 97,385 people at the 2010 United States
United States
Census , while the population of the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area was 294,567
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San Francisco, California
California
California
------------------------- CSA San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland METRO San Francisco–Oakland–Hayward MISSION June 29, 1776 INCORPORATED April 15, 1850 FOUNDED BY José Joaquin Moraga Francisco Palóu
Francisco Palóu
NAMED FOR St. Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi
GOVERNMENT • TYPE Mayor-council • BODY Board of Supervisors • MAYOR Edwin M
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Four Corners
The FOUR CORNERS is a region of the United States consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado
Colorado
, southeastern corner of Utah
Utah
, northeastern corner of Arizona
Arizona
, and northwestern corner of New Mexico . The Four Corners
Four Corners
area is named after the quadripoint at the intersection of approximately 37° north latitude with 109° 03' west longitude, where the boundaries of the four states meet, and are marked by the Four Corners Monument . It is the only location in the United States where four states meet. Most of the Four Corners
Four Corners
region belongs to semi-autonomous Native American nations, the largest of which is the Navajo Nation , followed by Hopi , Ute , and Zuni tribal reserves and nations
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Pacific States
The "Pacific States" form one of the nine geographic divisions within the United States
United States
that are officially recognized by that country's census bureau. There are five states in this division – Alaska
Alaska
, California
California
, Hawaii
Hawaii
, Oregon
Oregon
, Washington – and, as its name suggests, they all have coastlines on the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
(and are the only American states that border that ocean). The Pacific States division is one of two divisions that are located within the United States Census
Census
Bureau 's Western region; the other Western division is the Mountain States
Mountain States

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Western United States
The WESTERN UNITED STATES, commonly referred to as the AMERICAN WEST, the FAR WEST, or simply THE WEST, traditionally refers to the region comprising the westernmost states of the United States
United States
. Because European settlement in the U.S. expanded westward after its founding, the meaning of the West has evolved over time. Prior to about 1800, the crest of the Appalachian Mountains was seen as the western frontier . Since then, the frontier generally moved westward and eventually lands west of the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
came to be referred to as the West. Though no consensus exists, even among experts, for the definition of the West as a region, the U.S. Census Bureau's definition of the 13 westernmost states includes the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin
Great Basin
to the West Coast , and the outlying states of Hawaii
Hawaii
and Alaska
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Mountain States
The MOUNTAIN STATES (also known as the MOUNTAIN WEST and the INTERIOR WEST) form one of the nine geographic divisions of the United States that are officially recognized by the United States
United States
Census Bureau . It is a subregion of the Western United States
United States
. The Mountain States
Mountain States
are usually split up into two other regions known as the Northwest and Southwest . Idaho
Idaho
, Montana
Montana
, and Wyoming
Wyoming
are considered part of the Northwest, while Arizona
Arizona
, Colorado
Colorado
, Nevada
Nevada
, New Mexico
New Mexico
, and Utah are considered part of the Southwest. The division consists of eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. These eight states have the highest mean elevations of all 50 U.S
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Colorado
COLORADO (/kɒləˈrædoʊ, -ˈrɑːdoʊ/ ( listen ) ) is a state in the United States
United States
encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains . Colorado
Colorado
is part of the Western United States
United States
, the Southwestern United States
United States
, and the Mountain States . Colorado
Colorado
is the 8th most extensive and the 21st most populous of the 50 United States
United States

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Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
------------------------- CSA Los Angeles-Long Beach MSA Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim PUEBLO September 4, 1781 INCORPORATED April 4, 1850 NAMED FOR Our Lady, Queen of the Angels GOVERNMENT • TYPE Mayor-Council-Commission • BODY Los Angeles City Council
Los Angeles City Council
• MAYOR Eric Garcetti
Eric Garcetti
• CITY ATTORNEY Mike Feuer • CITY CONTROLLER Ron Galperin AREA • METROPOLITAN CITY 502.76 sq mi (1,302.15 km2) • LAND 468.74 sq mi (1,214.03 km2) • WATER 34.02 sq mi (88.12 km2) 6.7% ELEVATION 305 ft (93 m) HIGHEST ELEVATION 5,074 ft (1,547 m) LOWEST ELEVATION 0 ft (0 m) POPULATION (2010 ) • METROPOLITAN CITY 3,792,621 • ESTIMATE (2016) 3,976,322 • RANK 1st , California 2nd, U.S
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Pacific Northwest
The PACIFIC NORTHWEST (in the United States, commonly abbreviated as PNW), sometimes referred to as CASCADIA, is a geographic region in western North America
North America
bounded by the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
to the west and (loosely) by the Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountains
on the east. Though no agreed boundary exists, a common conception includes the U.S. states of Oregon
Oregon
and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia
British Columbia
. Broader conceptions reach north into Alaska
Alaska
and Yukon
Yukon
, south into northern California
California
and east to the Continental Divide , thus including Idaho
Idaho
, Western Montana
Western Montana
, and western Wyoming
Wyoming

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Tempe, Arizona
TEMPE (/tɛmˈpiː/ TEM\\'-pee ; Oidbaḍ in Pima ), also known as Hayden's Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona
Arizona
, is a city in Maricopa County , Arizona
Arizona
, United States
United States
, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe
Vale of Tempe
in Greece
Greece
. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix ; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University
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National Collegiate Athletic Association
The NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA) is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada
Canada
, and helps more than 450,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana . In 2014, the NCAA generated almost a billion dollars in revenue. 80 to 90% of this revenue was due to the Division I Men\'s Basketball
Basketball
Tournament . This revenue is then distributed back into various organizations and institutions across the United States. In August 1973, the current three-division setup of Division I , Division II , and Division III was adopted by the NCAA membership in a special convention
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