California

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Abbreviation CA
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Sacramento
Population 37,253,956
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Jerry Brown (Democrat, to January 2015)
Entered the Union September 9, 1850
as the 31st state
Motto Eureka (I Have Found It)
Nicknames The Golden State
Flower Golden Poppy
Bird California Valley Quail
Song "I Love You, California"
Professional Sports Teams Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants (Baseball); Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings (Men's Basketball); Los Angeles Sparks (Women's Basketball); Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers (Football); Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks (Hockey); Club Deportivo Chivas USA (in L.A.), LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes (Soccer)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From the name of a fictional earthly paradise in a book called Las Sergas de Esplanidian, written by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo around 1500
Historical Sites Sutter's Mill, where gold was first discovered in California in 1848
Points of Interest Disneyland (Walt Disney's original theme park), the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay, Hollywood, Sequoia National Park
Bordering States California borders Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona. California also borders Mexico.
Flag California's flag

Follow these links to read articles about California from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: California
    http://www.50states.com/californ.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about California. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in California
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/CA/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about California's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: California Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/ca
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • California State Historical Landmarks
    http://donaldlaird.com/landmarks/
    There are over 1100 California State Historical Landmarks, and this resource attempts to describe each of them. The site has been named a Recommended Site by "The History Channel".
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: California
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/06000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and moreCalifornia.
  • More people live in California than in any other state!
  • More immigrants settle in California than in any other state. In 1990, they made up more than 30 percent of all immigrants to the U.S. Most immigrants settling in California come from Asian-Pacific countries such as Japan and China.
  • Death Valley, in southern California, is the lowest point in the U.S. It's 282 feet below sea level. The highest point in the contiguous 48 states (which don't include Alaska and Hawaii) is also in California: Mt. Whitney, which is 14,491 feet above sea level.
  • Other natural wonders in California include Lassen Peak, one of two active volcanoes in the U.S. outside of Alaska and Hawaii; the majestic sequoia trees of the Sequoia National Park, which can grow as tall as 300 feet and can live as long as 3,500 years; and California's widely varying climate, which ranges from desert heat in the south to the chill of snow-capped mountain peaks in the north.
  • California became a major U.S. attraction long before Hollywood or Disneyland existed, when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848. This began the Gold Rush, which brought many people from all over the U.S. hoping to find gold and make their fortunes in California.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Shirley Temple Black, 1930s child actress and now U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
  • Julia Child, chef
  • Joe DiMaggio, baseball player
  • Robert Frost, former poet laureate of the U.S.
  • Jack London, author of many novels about the vast Western frontiers, such as Call of the Wild
  • Marilyn Monroe, actress
  • John Muir, naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club
  • Presidents from California with links to ipl2's POTUS (Presidents of the United States) page:
  • Robert Redford, actor
  • Sally K. Ride, astronaut and first American woman in space