- Mt. Whitney (14,494 ft.), the highest peak of the Continental 48 states, is about 85 miles away from Badwater Basin, Death Valley (-282 ft.), the lowest point in North America.
- Salton Sea is the lowest lake in North America, with an elevation of –226 ft.
- California has the largest tree in the world (by volume), and the tallest tree in the world. General Sherman (tree) in Kings Canyon National Park is the largest tree in the world. Hyperion, a redwood tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is the tallest tree in the world, at 379 feet tall.
- General Grant (tree) is nicknamed the U.S. Christmas tree. It is also located in Kings Canyon National Park. In 1956, President Eisenhower declared the tree a national shrine to honor those that died in war. It is the only living object in the world named thus.
- California raises more turkeys than any other state.
- Alpine County has no high school, banks, traffic lights, nor dentists. Its population in 2010 was 1,175, making it the least populous county in California.
- San Bernardino County is the largest county in the U.S., at 20,105 square miles.
- The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees Fahrenheit, at Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley National Park, on July 10, 1913. (In 2012, the 136 degrees Fahrenheit recording at Aziziya, Libya, was de-certified by the WMO as a recorder’s error.)
- California is the first state to ever surpass a GDP of $2 trillion. If it were a country, its economy (by GDP) would be the 10th largest in the world (as of 2012).
- About one-eighth of all Americans (11.9%) are Californians.
- Silicon Valley, a world center of tech companies, received 39% of all U.S. venture investments in 2012 Q3.
- Los Angeles County, at 9.8 million people, is the most populous of all U.S. counties.
Quick Facts Panel:
Population (2010): 37,253,956
-Percent Gain from 2000: 10.0%
Total Area: 163,695.57 sq. mi.
-Land: 155,959.3 sq. mi.
-Water: 7,736.2 sq. mi.
Nickname: Golden State
Motto: “Eureka” (I have found it)
Density: 238.9 people per sq. mi. (US density-87.5 people per sq. mi.)
Statehood: September 9, 1850
Major Cities (ranked by population):
1-Los Angeles (3,792,621)
2-San Diego (1,307,402)
3-San Jose (945,942)
4-San Francisco (805,235)
U.S. Representatives: 53
National Parks: Lassen Volcanic, Redwood, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Death Valley, Joshua Tree
Highest point: Mt. Whitney, 14,494 ft
Lowest point: Death Valley, -282 ft
Natural Resources: fish, grapes
State flower: Golden poppy
2-Retail Trade (21%)
3-Federal Services (13%)
Productions: beef, fruits, petroleum
Exports: aircraft components, diamonds, semiconductor circuits and instruments
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Pismo Beach in 30 seconds:
Fort Ross National Historic Site
The Northern California Coastline: Near Jenner and Bodega Bay, California