California, US

California: State of the United States of America

About

California is a western state stretching along the Pacific Coast from Oregon to Mexico. With over 39 million residents, it is the most populous U.S. state. California is known for its diverse terrain and climate.

Some key facts about California:

  • Capital: Sacramento
  • Population: Around 39.5 million
  • Area: 163,696 square miles (3rd largest state)
  • Nickname: The Golden State

California contains both dense urban centers and vast open spaces. Major cities include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco. Iconic landmarks span from the Golden Gate Bridge to Disneyland to the Hollywood sign.

California's diverse geography ranges from Pacific beaches to the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Mojave Desert. Notable natural sites include Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, and Redwood forests. The state has a Mediterranean climate.

California plays a dominant role in agriculture, technology, filmmaking, and other industries. Silicon Valley is the nation's tech hub. The state is known for progressive views on issues like environmental policy.

California culture revolves around health, fitness and the outdoors. Activities like surfing, hiking, and cycling are popular. California cuisine features fresh, local ingredients. Music scenes thrive in Los Angeles, San Francisco and beyond.

In summary, California is an economic and cultural powerhouse with coastal beauty, star-studded cities, massive forests, and a sunny Mediterranean climate. It looms large in both the United States and global landscape.

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Location of California

Quick Facts about California

Population : 39,368,078
Country : United States of America
Different from : California
Head of government : Governor of California
Area : 423970 km2
Water as percent of area : 4.84%
Land as percent of area : 95.16%
Continent : North America
Legislative body : California State Legislature
Named for : Island of California, The Californias
Official language : English
Altitude : 2,900 feet / 884 meters
Capital : Sacramento
Establishment : September 09, 1850 (173 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Los_Angeles, Pacific Time Zone, UTC−07:00, UTC−08:00
Local time : 20:43:50 (21st February 2024)
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Geography

California is located at 37°15'1"N 119°45'5"W (37.2502200, -119.7512600). It has 4 neighbors: Estado de Baja California, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon.

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The largest city of California is Los Angeles with a population of 3,970,219. Other cities include, San Diego population 1,422,420, Laguna population 1,370,232, San Jose population 1,013,616 and San Francisco population 866,606. See all California cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in California (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in California.

City Name Title County Population
Los Angeles The second most populous city in the United States and the center of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Los Angeles 3,970,219
San Diego The eighth most populous city in the United States and the center of the San Diego metropolitan area. San Diego 1,422,420
Laguna A city located in Orange County, California. Sacramento 1,370,232
San Jose The tenth most populous city in the United States and the center of the San Jose metropolitan area. Santa Clara 1,013,616
San Francisco The seventeenth most populous city in the United States and the center of the San Francisco Bay Area. City and of San Francisco 866,606
Fresno The fifth most populous city in California and the center of the Fresno metropolitan area. Fresno 530,267
Sacramento The sixth most populous city in California and the center of the Sacramento metropolitan area. Sacramento 512,838
Long Beach The second most populous city in California, Long Beach is a major center for business, manufacturing, and tourism. Los Angeles 454,681
Oakland The third most populous city in California, Oakland is a major center for business, manufacturing, and culture. Alameda 424,891
Bakersfield The fifth most populous city in California and the center of the Bakersfield metropolitan area. Kern 385,725
Anaheim The second most populous city in Orange County, California and the center of the Anaheim metropolitan area. Orange 353,676
Santa Ana The most populous city in Orange County, California and the center of the Santa Ana metropolitan area. Orange 331,301
Riverside The most populous city in Riverside County, California and the center of the Riverside metropolitan area. Riverside 330,786
Stockton The fifth most populous city in California and the center of the Stockton metropolitan area. San Joaquin 312,716
Irvine A city located in Orange County, California. Orange 283,700
Chula Vista The second most populous city in San Diego County, California. San Diego 272,979

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California has 4 neighbours.

  • Santa Barbara County
  • San Diego County
  • Santa Cruz County
  • Plumas County
  • Riverside County
  • Modoc County
  • Fresno County
  • San Francisco County
  • Tulare County
  • Humboldt County
  • Sacramento County
  • Calaveras County
  • Lassen County
  • Tehama County
  • Stanislaus County
  • San Benito County
  • Inyo County
  • Amador County
  • Placer County
  • San Bernardino County
  • Madera County
  • Tuolumne County
  • San Joaquin County
  • Lake County
  • Kings County
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • Imperial County
  • Orange County
  • Sierra County
  • San Mateo County
  • Mono County
  • Solano County
  • Mariposa County
  • Santa Clara County
  • Yuba County
  • Del Norte County
  • Butte County
  • Marin County
  • Sonoma County
  • Merced County
  • Ventura County
  • El Dorado County
  • Colusa County
  • Trinity County
  • Yolo County
  • Glenn County
  • Siskiyou County
  • Mendocino County
  • Los Angeles County
  • Alameda County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Monterey County
  • Alpine County
  • Kern County
  • Shasta County
  • Napa County
  • Sutter County
  • Nevada County

Demographics

Year Population % Change Method
1850 92,597 - census
1860 379,994 75.63% census
1870 560,247 32.17% census
1880 864,694 35.21% census
1890 1,213,398 28.74% census
1900 1,485,053 18.29% census
1901 1,550,000 4.19% census
1902 1,623,000 4.5% census
1903 1,702,000 4.64% census
1904 1,792,000 5.02% 19840383
1905 1,893,000 5.34% 19840383
1906 1,976,000 4.2% census
1907 2,054,000 3.8% census
1908 2,161,000 4.95% census
1909 2,282,000 5.3% census
1910 2,377,549 4.02% census
1911 2,534,000 6.17% census
1912 2,668,000 5.02% census
1913 2,811,000 5.09% census
1914 2,934,000 4.19% census
1915 3,008,000 2.46% demographic balance
1916 3,071,000 2.05% census
1917 3,171,000 3.15% census
1918 3,262,000 2.79% census
1919 3,339,000 2.31% census
1920 3,426,861 2.56% census
1930 5,677,251 39.64% census
1940 6,907,387 17.81% census
1950 10,586,223 34.75% census
1960 15,717,204 32.65% census
1970 19,953,134 21.23% census
1980 23,667,902 15.7% census
1990 29,760,021 20.47% census
2000 33,871,648 12.14% census
2010 37,253,956 9.08% census
2011 37,638,369 1.02% estimation process
2012 37,948,800 0.82% estimation process
2013 38,260,787 0.82% estimation process
2014 38,596,972 0.87% estimation process
2015 38,918,045 0.82% estimation process
2016 39,167,117 0.64% estimation process
2017 39,358,497 0.49% estimation process
2018 39,461,588 0.26% estimation process
2019 39,512,223 0.13% estimation process
2020 39,368,078 -0.37% estimation process

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People born in California (200)

People born in California, including R&B singer, songwriter and record producer Miguel, artist Channa Horwitz, sound engineer Loren L. Ryder, .

List

  • Harry Partch (American composer, music theorist, creator of musical instruments) he was born in 24/06/1901
  • Hobart Alter (American businessman) he was born in 31/10/1933
  • Gage Golightly (American actress) she was born in 05/09/1993
  • Claire Dames (American movie actress) she was born in 13/08/1981
  • Alex Jordan (American movie actress) she was born in 20/09/1963
  • Pamelia Kurstin (American musician) she was born in 28/05/1976
  • Robert Elswit (American cinematographer) he was born in 22/05/1950
  • Farnsworth Wright (American editor) he was born in 29/07/1888
  • Özlem Tekin (Turkish singer) she was born in 18/11/1971
  • Lee Greenwood (American musician) he was born in 27/10/1942
  • Jim White (American singer) he was born in 10/03/1957
  • Don Eddy (American artist) he was born in 04/11/1944
  • Jake Holmes (American singer-songwriter and jingle writer) he was born in 28/12/1939
  • Scotty Beckett (actor (1929-1968)) he was born in 04/10/1929
  • Barrett Blade (American movie actor) he was born in 11/03/1973
  • John R. Leonetti (American cinematographer and film director) he was born in 04/07/1956
  • Frederick C. Weyand (American general) he was born in 15/09/1916
  • Doug Lefler (American film director, producer and screenwriter) he was born in 11/09/3004

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California Counties (more)

Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County, county in California, United States of America

San Diego County
San Diego County

San Diego County, San Diego County, founded in 1850, is one of 58 counties in the US state of California. In 2010 census, the county had a population of 3,222,466 and a population density of 275 people per km², making it the fifth most populous county in the United States and the second in California. In 2019 county had a population of 3,338,330.. The county's headquarters are San Diego.

Orange County
Orange County

Orange County, county in California, United States

County Name Population
Los Angeles County 9,943,046
San Diego County 3,332,427
Orange County 3,166,857
Riverside County 2,489,188
San Bernardino County 2,189,183
Santa Clara County 1,907,105
Alameda County 1,662,323
Sacramento County 1,559,146
Contra Costa County 1,152,333
Fresno County 1,000,918
Kern County 901,362
San Francisco County 866,606
Ventura County 841,387
San Joaquin County 767,967
San Mateo County 758,308
Stanislaus County 550,081

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