California State - Facts, Flag and Map

Published: January 21, 2024 by Prof. Victor S.

California at a glance

Capital Sacramento
Largest city Los Angeles
Nickname The Golden State
Length 760 mi (1,220 km)
Width 250 mi (400 km)
CA Cities CA Facts CA Flag CA Map CA Symbols
Motto Eureka
Abbreviation CA
Population 39.1 million (Rank: 1)
Pop. Density 251 per sq. mi. (Rank: 11)
97 per sq. km.List
Area 163,696 sq. mi. (Rank: 3)
423,970 sq. km.List
Statehood September 9, 1850
(31st state) List
Median household income $78,700 (Rank: 7)
Mean elevation 2,900 ft. (880 m)
(Rank: 11) List
Highest elevation Mount Whitney
14,505 ft (4,421.0 m) List
Lowest elevation Badwater Basin
−279 ft (−85.0 m) List
Governor Gavin Newsom (D)
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D)
Alex Padilla (Democrat)
House Of Representatives 53 of (435)
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Named after a fictitious paradise, California is a real paradise on Earth. It's a land of enchantment, opportunity, and unparalleled beauty. It's an economic powerhouse, technology hub, film production engine, entertainment capital, tourist paradise and agricultural giant - all rolled into one. Located on the west coast of the United States, California is the biggest state by population and is home to over 39 million people. With its vast and diverse landscapes, California is a destination that is as mesmerizing as it is captivating, beckoning visitors from around the world to explore its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant cultural landscape.
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
From the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains to the sun-kissed beaches of the Pacific Ocean, California is the third largest state in the nation by area. This land of contrasts is home to some of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the world, such as the towering redwoods of the north, the rugged deserts of the south, and the pristine lakes and rivers that flow through the heart of the state.
The history of California is as diverse and fascinating as its landscape. The state was first inhabited by Native American tribes for thousands of years before the arrival of European explorers in the 16th century. In 1769, the Spanish established a series of missions along the coast, which played a significant role in the colonization and development of California. In 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill, sparking the California Gold Rush and bringing thousands of fortune seekers to the state in search of riches.
California has since become a global leader in innovation, technology, and entertainment. The state is home to some of the world's most iconic and influential companies, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. It is also the birthplace of Hollywood, the global hub of the entertainment industry, which has produced some of the most beloved films and television shows in history.
California is a state of limitless potential and possibility. With its stunning natural beauty, rich history, vibrant culture, and innovative spirit, it is a destination that captures the imagination and inspires the young, adventurous and experienced souls.
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