( The Golden State )
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:
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Holly Marie Combs,
The Flag of California|
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)
33,871,648 (217.2 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 3rd Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Arizona, Nevada, Oregon
Illicit Drug Use
Housing: In California, there are 12,214,549 housing units, averaging to 78.3 per sq mile.
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