Welcome to California
The capital city of California is Sacramento and the largest and most populous city of California is Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is also the country’s second largest city by population in the U.S after New York City.
Californias nickname is “The Golden State” after the Gold Rush starting in 1848 that led to dramatic changes in the California state and an economic boom. California also have the golden poppies, which bloom beautifully in wild fields every spring and summer along the roads throughout much of the state. The California Poppy is the state flower of California.
Don´t forget that “The Golden State” also has the Golden Gate Bridge as a state symbol.
Except from Alaska, California contains more forestland than any other state and about 45% of Californias total area is covered by forests.
In The California White Mountains you will find the oldest trees in the world (One Bristlecone Pine is over 5000 years old).
Water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta provides drinking water for nearly two-thirds of Californias population.
Due to Californias large size the climate vary from subarctic ( very cold winters and short cool to mild summers) to subtropical (cool to mild winters with infrequent frost and warm to hot summers). Northern parts of the California state have more rain than the south and the desert Death Valley is considered as the hottest place in the world.
About one-quarter of the economy in California is dependent on trade and international related commerce and the top export products in California are computers and electronic products.
Agriculture is also an important sector in California’s economy.
If California were a country it would be the 6th largest economy in the world and by 2010 there were more millionaires in California than any other state in the nation.
Companies like Chevron, Apple and McKesson have their headquarters in California.
California is one of the most popular places in the world for tourists and there is a lot to see and do during your visit.
Here you can see the Golden Gate Bridge (one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco) and it might be one of the most photographed bridge in the world.
You can also visit Disneyland for a magic day together with friends and family.
Hollywood is a neighborhood in Los Angeles and Hollywood is home of the U.S film industry and you have probobly seen the famous HOLLYWOOD sign.
Cities in California
Quick facts about California
- Nickname: The Golden State
- Capital city: Sacramento
- Largest city: Los Angeles
- Area: 163 696 sq mi (423 970 km²) (ranked 3rd of 50)
- Population: Est, 39 250 017 (ranked 1st of 50)
- Highest point: Mount Whitney
- Lowest point: Badwater Basin
- Latitude: 32° 32′ N to 42° N
- Longitude: 114° 8′ W to 124° 26′ W
- Bordering states: Arizona, Oregon, Nevada and shares an international border with the Mexican