Interesting Facts about California

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California – the golden state of the USA on its western coast, is known for its diverse landscape, technological development, and multicultural population. So there are numerous unique, fun, and interesting facts about California, and I will list some of them below. 

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Interesting Facts about California (California Facts)

From surfing waves of the Pacific Ocean to dramatic cliffs towering with tall sequoia trees, enchanting sunsets, rolling green hills, quaint fairy-tale towns, and foggy cities, California is a unique state USA. So read some of the unique facts about California or facts on California.

Interesting Facts about California

  • In 1850, California became the 31st state.
  • California is the third largest state in America.
  • California has the highest population in the entire United States.
  • The capital of California is Sacramento.
  • The most populous city in California is Los AngelesFacts on California
  • California is the most biologically diverse state in the United States, with more than 40,000 plant and animal species.
  • The name California comes from a novel.
  • In 1821, California became part of the country of Mexico.
  •  During the 1840s, many people from the east coast migrated to Oregon and Californian regions
  • In 1846, settlers of this region formed an independent country called the Bear Flag Republic. And in 1850, California merged as a state into the USA. 
  • Before Europeans or Spanish colonies arrived, Native American tribes lived in this area, like the Chumash, Mohave, Yuma, Pomo, and Maidu tribes.
  • California’s San Francisco Bay is considered the world’s largest landlocked harbor.  San francisco to LA road trip itinerary - california facts
  • The nickname of California is “The Golden State.” The other nicknames are The Land of Milk and Honey, The Grape State, and The Eldorado State.
  • The State bird of California is the valley quail, and the State flower is the California poppy.
  • California is the world’s Almond capital and, thus, the top export of this state.
  • The Hollywood Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the United States.
  • The State Sport of California is Surfing.
  • California is home to the “Avocado Capital of the World.” And also, it is the world’s artichoke capital.
  • California produces 90% of all wine in the US.

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  • California is the first state in the US to reach $1 trillion in GDP. It is the wealthiest state in the US. If you compare it with world economies, then it is the fifth-largest economy in the world.
  • California experiences over 100,000 earthquakes a year. 
  • California is number one in the US for a home to most national parks.
  • The world’s largest tree is found in California’s Sequoia National Park.  california facts - interesting facts about california
  • California’s official state motto is “Eureka.” It was popular during the Gold Rush era in the 1800s.
  • California is the Mecca of the movie as it is home to Hollywood.
  • Fortune cookies were invented in California and not China.
  • Most Californians are young. The average median age in California is 37. 
  • The abbreviation of California is Cal or Cali. And for north and south, they are abbreviated Norcal and Socal.
  • Death Valley in California is the driest and hottest place in the US. fun facts about california
  • California has hosted both the summer and winter Olympics
  • From 1848 to 1855, California was known for its massive Gold Rush. Millions of people migrated for gold, and lots of gold was discovered at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
  • The official song of the state of California is called ‘I Love You California.’
  • California’s Silicon Valley is the world’s technology hub.
  • The cost of living in California is very high.
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I hope you loved reading about interesting facts about California (California facts) and will soon plan your California road trip. 

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