||September 9, 1850|
||Total (Land + Water): 163,696 sq miles; Land Only: 155,959 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
|State Population (2015)||39,144,818|
|State Population Density||251.0 people / square mile|
|State Quarter Issue Date
||January 31, 2005|
||Eureka (I have found it)|
||California redwood and sequoia|
||California Valley Quail|
|State Gas Tax||$0.4043 / Gallon|
|State Cigarette Tax||$0.87 / Pack|
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|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Los Angeles (3,792,621)
San Diego (1,307,402)
San Jose (945,942)
San Francisco (805,235)
|Major Sports Teams
||MLB: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's|
NFL: Los Angeles, Rams, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings
NHL: Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks
California Fun Facts
- California was the name given to a mythical island in the popular early 16th century Spanish novel Las Sergas de Esplandián. When the Spanish started exploring the Pacific coast, they applied this name to the Baja California Peninsula. That name stuck.
- Spanish navigator Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo became the first European in recorded history to sight the region that is present-day California in 1542.
- The first McDonald's restaurant opened in San Bernardino in 1940 by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald.
- San Bernardino County is the largest county in the United States, totaling 20,105 square miles.
- Castroville is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947, Norma Jean was crowned Castroville's first Artichoke Queen. She later became a world-famous actress by her screen name, Marilyn Monroe.
- California has more national parks than any other state in USA. Of the 59 national parks in USA, California has 9 national parks.
- On Jan. 24, 1848, James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, starting the California Gold Rush and bringing settlers to the state in large numbers.
- Fresno, California is the Raisin Capital of the World.
- William Todd designed the original California flag. He was the nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's wife.
- California is the only state that has hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
- At 14,505 feet, California's Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states.