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Discover America

( The Golden State )
California Map The name California was first used in 1542 to designate the region by the Spanish expedition led by Juan Rodr?guez Cabrillo. It was probably derived from a popular Spanish novel published in 1510 in which a fictional island paradise named California was described. California is the third largest state in area after Alaska and Texas. The discovery of gold and the immigration in 1849 of thousands of "forty-niners" in search of the precious metal helped California's admission into the Union in 1850 as the 31st state. Today, California has the highest population of any state in the nation and is America's principal agricultural state. It is also the home of Hollywood, the center of America's movie and television industry. Many visitors and new residents are attracted by California's outdoor way of life. The warm, dry climate permits outdoor recreation almost the whole year round. The High Sierra Nevada rises near the eastern border. Rocky cliffs and sandy beaches line the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the west. Thick redwood forests cover the Coast Ranges in the northwest. Dramatic deserts stretch across the southeast. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in California include: Julie London, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Keri Russell, Holly Marie Combs,

The Flag of California
California state flag Entered the Union in 1850 as the 31st State; flag adopted in 1911, modified in 1953. Americans, in what was then Mexican territory, proclaimed the independence of California on June 14, 1846. The banner of their "Bear Flag Republic" was later adopted by the State.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Los Angeles, 3,694,820; San Diego, 1,223,400; San Jose, 894,943; San Francisco, 776,733; Long Beach, 461,522; Fresno, 427,652; Sacramento, 407,018; Oakland, 399,484; Santa Ana, 337,977; Anaheim, 328,014
Business and Trade in California
Agriculture: Vegetables, fruits and nuts, dairy products, cattle, nursery stock, grapes.

Industries: Electronic components and equipment, aerospace, film production, food processing, petroleum, computers and computer software, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: California Valley Quail
  • Flower: Golden Poppy (eschscholtzia californica)
  • Tree: California redwood (sequoia sempervirens)
  • Song(s): I Love You, California
  • Motto: Eureka (I have found it)

California Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Autry Museum of Western Heritage - Los Angeles
Ridgecrest Recreation Management Area - RIDGECREST
Prosser Creek Reservoir - Truckee
San Diego Natural History Museum - San Diego
Folsom Dam - Folsom
capital  Capital: Sacramento

statehood  Statehood: 1850-09-09

population  Population:
33,871,648 (217.2 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 163,695.57
    Water 7,736.23
    Land 155,959.34
    Rank 3rd Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Arizona, Nevada, Oregon

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use

housing   Housing: In California, there are 12,214,549 housing units, averaging to 78.3 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    Orange Coast
    Palm Springs Life
    Los Angeles Magazine
Posters and Artwork
Shirley Mixed and California Poppy Field in Sequim, Washington, USA
Shirley Mixed and California Poppy Field in Sequim, Washington, USA
Photographic Print 16" x 12"

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