Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 163,696 sq miles; Land Only: 155,959 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Pacific Time Zone|
||Arizona, Nevada, Oregon|
|Highest Point||Mount Whitney, 14,505 feet|
|National Parks||Channel Islands National Park
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Redwood National Park
Sequoia National Park
Yosemite National Park
|State Population (2015)||39,144,818|
|State Population Density||251.0 people / square mile|
||209, 213, 310, 323, 341, 369, 408, 415, 424, 442, 510, 530, 559, 562, 619, 626, 627, 628, 650, 657, 661, 669, 707, 714, 747, 752, 760, 764, 805, 818, 831, 858, 909, 916, 925, 935, 949, 951|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Los Angeles (3,792,621)
San Diego (1,307,402)
San Jose (945,942)
San Francisco (805,235)
Government & Legislature
|State Animal||California grizzly bear|
||California Valley Quail|
|State Colors||Blue and gold|
|State Dance||West Coast swing dance|
|State Fife and Drum Corps||California Consolidated Drum Band|
|State Fish||Golden trout|
|State Folk Dance||Square dance|
|State Fossil||Saber-toothed cat|
|State Gold Rush Ghost Town||Bodie|
|State Grass||Purple needlegrass|
|State Historical Society||California Historical Society|
|State Insect||California dogface butterfly|
|State Lichen||Lace lichen|
|State Marine Fish||Garibaldi|
|State Marine Mammal||California gray whale|
||Eureka (I have found it)|
|State Marine Reptile||Pacific leatherback sea turtle|
|State Military Museum||California State Military Museum|
|State Prehistoric Artifact||Chipped stone bear|
|State Reptile||Desert tortoise|
|State Silver Rush Ghost Town||Calico|
|State Soil||San Joaquin Soil|
|State Song||"I Love You, California"|
|State Tall Ship||The Californian|
|State Theater||Pasadena Playhouse|
||California redwood and sequoia|
|State Vietnam Veterans Memorial||California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento's Capitol Park|
|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
|NCAA Division I Schools
University of California, Berkeley (Pac-12)
University of California, Davis (Big West)
University of California, Irvine (Big West)
University of California, Los Angeles (Pac-12)
California Polytechnic State University (Big West)
University of California, Riverside (Big West)
University of California, Santa Barbara (Big West)
California State University, Bakersfield (WAC)
California State University, Fresno (Mountain West)
California State University, Fullerton (Big West)
California State University, Long Beach (Big West)
California State University, Northridge (Big West)
California State University, Sacramento (Big Sky)
Loyola Marymount University (West Coast)
University of the Pacific (West Coast)
Pepperdine University (West Coast)
Saint Mary's College of California (West Coast)
University of San Diego (West Coast)
San Diego State University (Mountain West)
University of San Francisco (West Coast)
San Jose State University (Mountain West)
Santa Clara University (West Coast)
University of Southern California (Pac-12)
Stanford University (Pac-12)
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.
- In 1996, California became the first state to legalize marijuana (weed) for medical use.
This page was last updated on August 20, 2016.