Nickname: The Golden State

Location: West of the United States

Bordering Countries/States: Mexico/Nevada, Oregon, Arizona

Capital City: Sacramento

Other Cities and Sites: Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, San Diego, San Fransisco, San Jose, Yosemite, Death Valley, Palm Springs, Sequoia National Park, Santa Catalina Island, Beverly Hills, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Redwood National Parks, Laguna Beach, Oakland, Mount Shasta, Napa Valley, Monterey, Fresno

State Animal: Grizzly Bear

Language(s): English (57.4%), Spanish (28.5%), Chinese (2.8%), Tagalog (2.2%)

Population: 39 million +

Religion: Protestant (32%), Roman Catholic (28%), No Religion (27%), Other (5%), Judaism (2%), Hinduism (2%), Buddhism (2%), Islam (1%), Mormons (1%)

Known for: Hollywood, Grizzly Bear, beaches, 90210, sea, mansions, film industry, musicians, Death Valley, Yosemite, wildlife, Marilyn Monroe, Gold Rush, animal parks, Walk of Fame, Golden Gate Bridge, mountains, national parks, agricultural production, Shirley Temple,

Fun Facts:

  • Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California’s 58 counties. It has no high school, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights
  • The Hollywood Bowl is the world’s largest outdoor amphitheater
  • Sequoia National Park contains the largest living tree. Its trunk is 102 feet in circumference
  • In San Jose and Sunnyvale it is illegal for grocery stores to provide plastic bags
  • The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902
  • Los Angeles is ranked the fourth largest economy in the United States compared to other states
  • California has a larger population than the entirety of Canada
  • It’s against the law for a man with a mustache to kiss a woman in Eureka
  • One out of every eight United States residents lives in California
  • The fortune cookie was inspired by the Japanese fortune tradition o-mikuji and invented in California
  • In Arcadia peacocks have the right of way when crossing a street, including your driveway