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Charming, California
—  Fictional Town  —
Town of Charming
Motto: "Our Name Says It All."
Country United StatesUnited States
State CaliforniaCalifornia
County San Joaquin
Settled 1859 (as Timberville)
 - Total 59.1 km2 (22.8 sq mi)
 - Total 14,679
Website Charming at Sons of Anarchy

Charming is a fictional town in the television series Sons of Anarchy. It is located in the San Joaquin Valley of California. According to a sign on the edge of town, its population is 14,679 and its motto is "Our Name Says It All".

Charming is 22.8 square miles and is located in the upper part of the metro triangle, which is bounded by the Bay Area, Stockton and Sacramento. Show writer Kurt Sutter has stated that he envisions the town as being located between Lodi and Stockton which would place it near the real-life town of Morada, California. At other times in the show, it is said to be fifty miles from both Oakland and San Jose, and about thirty miles from both Stockton and Lodi. The town's average high temperature in January is 54F (12C) and the average low is 38F (3C.). In July the average high temperature is 94F (34C) and the average low is 61F.



After the California Gold Rush (1848-1855) brought an influx of population to the region, lumber, as well as agriculture, became prominent industries in the area. In 1859, these pioneer settlers decided to establish a town where the ample Redwood country meets the fertile Central Valley. The town was originally named Timberville, but when two railroad land surveyors stopped in the town, one proclaimed it the last "charming" place for a railroad station before the very large, flat central valley. The other declared he had just name it as such. After the great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the town saw a small in influx of settlers who left the bay area in search of a simpler, more stable life. In the post World War II baby boom, housing developers began to purchase several farmsteads and develop then with roads, utilities, and housing. Once rural orchards and ranches became picturesque middle-class neighborhoods and communities. Some of these neighborhoods include Crestwood, Sellwood, Eastburough, and Buckhead (known today as Sam Crow's Corner). Today, one of the most unique qualities of Charming is that it's maintained a classic Americana look and structure. Also rumored to have E Clampus Vitus activity in the early years, but can neither be confirmed or denied.

Early industries in Charming included a lumber mill, saw mill, orchards, farms and cattle ranching. Today, Charming also has an auto-manufacturing industry. Oswald Lumber, Oswald Beef, and Oswald Construction are three of the town's predominant companies. Charming has managed to keep out unsightly chains and corporations; nearly all businesses are local and independent. Local businesses include Hoffman's Pharmacy, Lumpy's Family Restaurant, Floyd's Barber Shop, and Teller-Morrow Automotive. There is one hospital, St. Thomas Hospital. The town is rural and largely working middle-class. The Charming Cherry is a cultivator that originated in the region and is noted for the contrast between its sweet skin and somewhat tart flesh.

Notable residents

Charming is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of the motorcycle club Sons Of Anarchy, which was founded in 1967. The local charter is known as SAMCRO (Sons Of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original) also depicted as Sam Crow. The club still resides in Charming today. Other notable residents include:

  • Sarah Jane Oliver (1830-1872), teacher and diarist. Author The Journal of Miss Oliver (1860).
  • Elijah Bagwell (1857-1923), clergyman.
  • Nathan Burrows (1937-1982), sculptor. His works included the iconic Kit Foxes, as well as a series of Log Cabins that became a quick decorative fad, mostly in the bay area, during the mid 1970's.
  • Timothy Lewis (1960-present), software tycoon of Silicon Valley was rumored to be born in Charming.
  • Bonnie St. Jones (1944 -?), musician, visual artist and social activist. Was born and raised in Charming until she left 17 to eventually become a strong figure in the folk revival movement.
  • Jamie Rowen (1985-present), won county and then became a finalist in the statewide Spelling Bee, 1997.
  • Chris Fitzgerald (1988-present), baller.
  • The Shit Buckets, a folk punk band.
  • Boss Johnson, blues guitarist
  • Sally Chapel, lounge singer
  • Justin Keach, Rumored to have been born in Rhode Island, this motorcycle builder is "family" with SAMCRO.
  • Bobby Elvis and his TCB Band
  • LJ Sullivan, world champion boxer, and mixed martial artist

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