Interesting Facts About California

California is a U.S. state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and to the south the Mexican state of Baja California. California is the most populous U.S. state. Its four largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco. It is known for its varied climate and geography as well as its diverse population.

The area known as Alta California was colonized by the Spanish Empire beginning in the late 18th century. It and the rest of Mexico became an independent republic in 1821. In 1846 California broke away from Mexico, and after the Mexican-American War, Mexico ceded California to the United States. California was admitted to the United States on September 9, 1850.

  • San Francisco Bay is considered the world’s largest landlocked harbor.
  • California is bigger than eighty-five of the smallest nations in the world.
  • Sequoia National Park contains the largest living tree. Its trunk is 102 feet in circumferenc
  • Yorba Linda is home to the Richard Nixon Library.
  • The hottest day ever in the United States was when the temperature hit 56.7 (135 F) degrees Celsius on July 10, 1913 at Death Valley, California.
  • More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.
  • Death Valley in southern California is the lowest point in the United States at 282 feet below sea level. The highest point in the contiguous 48 states is also in California: Mount Whitney, which is 14,491 feet above sea level.
  • It is estimated that each year there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California.
  • The Coachella Valley is nicknamed The Date Capital of the world and The Playground of Presidents.
  • One out of every eight United States residents lives in California.
  • California is the first state to ever reach a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.
  • California has the largest economy in the states of the union.
  • If California’s economic size were measured by itself to other countries, it would rank the 7th largest economy in the world.
  • Los Angeles is ranked the fourth largest economy in the United States compared to other states.
  • Simi Valley is the home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
  • It is estimated there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.
  • More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.
  • Pacific Park, on the venerable Santa Monica Pier, re-creates the amusement parks once dotting the ocean areas along the Pacific Coast. Featured are 11 amusement rides including the 1910-vintage hand-carved merry-go-round appearing in the movie “The Sting.”
  • Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California’s 58 counties. It has no high school, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights.
  • Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More avocados are grown in the region than any other county in the nation.
  • In the late 1850s, Kennedy Mine, located in Jackson, served as one of the richest gold mines in the world and the deepest mine in North America.
  • During his engagement at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, Otis Redding stayed on a houseboat in Sausalito. While there he wrote his last song and greatest hit: “The Dock of the Bay.”
  • The state motto is Eureka!, a Greek word translated “I have found it!” The motto was adopted in 1849 and alludes to the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada.
  • California is known variously as The Land of Milk and Honey, The El Dorado State, The Golden State, and The Grape State.
  • There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually.
  • California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine each year.
  • The redwood is the official state tree. Some of the giant redwoods in Sequoia National Park are more than 2,000 years old.
  • The California poppy is the official state flower. The California grizzly bear (Ursus californicus) is the official state animal.
  • California holds two of the top ten most populous cities: Los Angeles and San Diego.
  • Fresno proclaims itself the Raisin Capital of the World.
  • In the late 1850s, Kennedy Mine, located in Jackson, served as one of the richest gold mines in the world and the deepest mine in North America.
  • An animal called the riparian brush rabbit calls Caswell Memorial State Park (near Manteca) its home. Endemic only to the state’s park system, the critter lives in approximately 255 acres stretching along the area’s once-vast hardwood forest.
  • In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine for molesting butterflies.
  • The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.