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Interesting Facts:

  • 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:

Basics:

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.)

Political:

Capital: Sacramento

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)

5-Fresno (494,665)

Electoral votes:55

U.S. Representatives: 53

Landforms/Recreational:

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

Economy:

Major Industries:

1-Services (34%)

2-Retail Trade (21%)

3-Federal Services (13%)

Productions: beef, fruits, petroleum

Exports: aircraft components, diamonds, semiconductor circuits and instruments

California Locator Map

 

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California Flag

 

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Places to Visit-Photo Gallery:

Kings Canyon National Park, Rock Formations along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

Kings Canyon National Park, Rock Formations along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

Kings Canyon National Park, Grizzly Falls

Kings Canyon National Park, Grizzly Falls

Kings Canyon National Park, Canyon View

Kings Canyon National Park, Canyon View

Kings Canyon National Park, The view along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

Kings Canyon National Park, The view along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

Sequoia National Park, Mono Rock

Sequoia National Park, Mono Rock

Sequoia National Park, The view atop Mono Rock

Sequoia National Park, The view atop Mono Rock

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park, Badwater Salt Crust

Death Valley National Park, Badwater Salt Crust

Death Valley National Park, Devil's Golf Course

Death Valley National Park, Devil's Golf Course

Death Valley National park, Ubehebe Crater

Death Valley National park, Ubehebe Crater

Death Valley National Park, view from Dante Peak

Death Valley National Park, view from Dante Peak

Death Valley National Park, Zabriskie Point

Death Valley National Park, Zabriskie Point

Joshua Tree National Park, Barker Dam

Joshua Tree National Park, Barker Dam

Joshua Tree National Park, Chimney Rock

Joshua Tree National Park, Chimney Rock

Joshua Tree National Park, East Face of Cyclops Formations

Joshua Tree National Park, East Face of Cyclops Formations

Joshua Tree National Park, Old Woman Formation

Joshua Tree National Park, Old Woman Formation

Joshua Tree National Park, Real Hidden Valley

Joshua Tree National Park, Real Hidden Valley

Joshua Tree National Park, Stem Gem boulder

Joshua Tree National Park, Stem Gem boulder

Joshua Tree National Park, Wonderland of Rocks

Joshua Tree National Park, Wonderland of Rocks

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Brokeoff Mountain

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Brokeoff Mountain

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Bumpass Hell Hot Spring

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Bumpass Hell Hot Spring

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Summit Lake

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Summit Lake

Sequoia National Park, General Sherman tree-the biggest tree in the world

Sequoia National Park, General Sherman tree-the biggest tree in the world

Yosemite National Park, El_Capitan

Yosemite National Park, El_Capitan

Yosemite National Park, Half Dome view from North Dome

Yosemite National Park, Half Dome view from North Dome

Yosemite National Park, Upper falls

Yosemite National Park, Upper falls

Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley

Kings Canyon National Park, Rock Formations along the Kings Canyon Scenic BywayKings Canyon National Park, Grizzly FallsKings Canyon National Park, Canyon ViewKings Canyon National Park, The view along Kings Canyon Scenic BywaySequoia National Park, Mono RockSequoia National Park, The view atop Mono RockDeath Valley National ParkDeath Valley National Park, Badwater Salt CrustDeath Valley National Park, Devil's Golf CourseDeath Valley National park, Ubehebe CraterDeath Valley National Park, view from Dante PeakDeath Valley National Park, Zabriskie PointJoshua Tree National Park, Barker DamJoshua Tree National Park, Chimney RockJoshua Tree National Park, East Face of Cyclops FormationsJoshua Tree National Park, Old Woman FormationJoshua Tree National Park, Real Hidden ValleyJoshua Tree National Park, Stem Gem boulderJoshua Tree National Park, Wonderland of RocksLassen Volcanic National Park, Brokeoff MountainLassen Volcanic National Park, Bumpass Hell Hot SpringLassen Volcanic National Park, Summit LakeSequoia National Park, General Sherman tree-the biggest tree in the worldYosemite National Park, El_CapitanYosemite National Park, Half Dome view from North DomeYosemite National Park, Upper fallsYosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley

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