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    Nickname The Golden State List
    Capital Sacramento List
    Motto Eureka List
    Largest city Los Angeles (LA) List
    Largest metro Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (13 million) List
    Abbreviation CA List
    Population 39 million (rank: 1) List
    Population density 251 per mile2 (rank: 12) List
    Life expectancy 80.8 (rank: 4) List
    Median age 36.2 years (rank: 7) List
    Area 163,696 mile2 (rank: 3) List
    Median household income $63,636 (rank: 12) List
    Statehood September 9, 1850 (31st state) List
    Mean elevation 2,900 ft. (884 m) List
    Highest point Mount Whitney 14,505 ft (4,421 m) List
    Coastline 840 miles List
    International border 140 miles List
    Governor Jerry Brown (D) List
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    How did California get its name?
    A mythical island paradise called California, inhabited only by beautiful Amazon warriors using gold tools and weapons and ruled by Queen Calafia, was the setting for a popular Spanish novel, Las sergas de Esplandián, published in July 1510. Early Spanish explorers believed that the present-day California was an island ruled by Amazon women and they named it California.
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    State with biggest economy

    California is the first state ever to become a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.
    If California were a country, it would be the sixth-largest economy in the world.
    In 2015, it surpassed France to become sixth-largest economy in the world.



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    When was California discovered?
    Portuguese-born João Rodrigues Cabrilho and his chief pilot Bartolomé Ferrelo, were the first Europeans to explore the coast of the present state of California. Sailing for Spain, Cabrilho left in June of 1542 from Navidad on the west coast of Mexico and proceeded north. He reached San Diego Bay in September, becoming the first European to set foot in what is today the state of California. He continued north along the California coast but died in January 1543 from an infection resulting from a broken arm.
    California State Symbols
    State Amphibian California red-legged frog
    State Animal California grizzly bear
    State Bird California quail
    State Colors blue and gold
    State Dance West Coast Swing
    State Fish Golden trout
    State Flower California Poppy
    State Gemstone Benitoite
    State Insect California dogface butterfly
    State Motto Eureka
    State Reptile Desert tortoise
    State Song I Love You, California
    State Tree California redwood
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    Birth place of McDonald's
    World's first McDonald's restaurant opened in San Bernardino, California.
    The journey of McDonald's, the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, began in 1940, with a restaurant opened by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernardino, California

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California Seal
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    Home to oldest tree on Earth
    Methuselah, a bristlecone pine tree from California's White Mountains, is the oldest non-clonal continuously standing tree in the world. It's estimated to be 4,650 years old!
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    Land of Innovation and Inventions

    Apple computer, Barbie doll, theme park (Disneyland), Frisbee, blue jeans and Fortune cookie are only a few of many things invented in California

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California State Quarter
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    Largest county in the country
    San Bernardino county is the largest county in the United States in terms of land area. Its area is larger than the combined area of the states of New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island!


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    Land of extremes
    Both the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney (14,494 ft) and the lowest point in North American Continent (Badwater Basin in Death Valley) are in California and they are less than 100 miles apart!
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    Tallest trees on Earth
    Hyperion, a coast redwood tree (Sequoia sempervirens) in the Redwood National Park, California, is the tallest living tree in the world at 115.54 meters (379.1 ft) The tree is estimated to contain 530 cubic meters (18,600 cu ft) of wood and to be about 800 years old
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    Summer or Winter, California is the best
    California is the only state that has hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Los Angeles hosted Summer Olympics twice (1932 and 1984) and Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe hosted Winter Olympics in 1960
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    Most national parks
    California has more national parks than any other state in USA. Of the 59 national parks in USA, California has 9 national parks, followed by Alaska (eight), Utah (five), and Colorado (four)

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    Gold rush
    On 24 January 1848, James Marshall, a foreman working to build a lumber mill for John Sutter in Coloma, California, found a shiny lump of gold in the American River. The news triggered a massive rush of gold-seekers (called "forty-niners" as many of them arrived around the year 1849) flocking to California hoping to strike it rich. This 'Gold rush' gave California its nickname, the Golden State
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    Population explosion

    San Francisco population grew 180 times during the seven years of Gold rush (1848 - 1855), from about 200 to over 36,000



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    Hottest place on Earth

    The Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California recorded the hottest precisely-recorded temperature on earth at 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913.
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    Grape Rush
    California is the largest grape and wine producing state in the United States. In 1839, Kentuckian William Wolfskill planted the state’s first table grape vineyard in the Mexican colonial pueblo now known as Los Angeles. Today, over 99 percent of grapes commercially grown in the United States come from California. With over 85 varieties grown, California grapes come in three colors – green, red and black.
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    I'm not a crook

    Richard Milhous Nixon is the only California-born person to become the president of the United States. Oddly, he is also the only American president ever to resign from the office. He has been featured on the cover of TIME magazine a record 55 times in four different decades (1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1990s) Herbert Hoover and Ronald Reagan called California their home state, but Hoover was born in Iowa and Reagan was born in Illinois
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    Fruit basket of America
    California accounts for about half of fruit acreage in USA. California is the largest producer of grapes, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, kiwifruit, prunes, plums, dates, avocadoes, lemons, tangerines, garlic and onion
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    General Sherman, We Salute You
    The General Sherman, a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Sequoia National Park, California, is the largest living single stem tree on earth. Estimated to be about 2500 year-old, it has a diameter of 7.7 metres (25 ft)
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    Let's talk turkey

    More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States


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    The Bear Flag

    The original California flag, the first Bear Flag, was designed by William L. Todd, Abraham Lincoln's relative by marriage (William L. Todd was a cousin of Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln)
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    Move over, Peach State!

    California produces about 60% of peaches harvested in USA. Palmetto State (South Carolina) is distant second with about 15%. Peach State (Georgia) produces about 13% of Peaches harvested in USA!
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    Almonds

    California is the largest producer of almonds in the world. The Golden State produces over 80% of the global production of almonds!
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    Sweet Dates

    California grows 99% of all dates grown in the United States. The Coachella Valley, California is nicknamed 'The Date Capital of the world' and 'The Playground of Presidents'
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    The avocado was introduced from Mexico to California in the 19th century, and has become a successful cash crop. Currently, more than 95% of United States' avocado production comes from California. Fallbrook is nicknamed "Avocado Capital of the World" and both Fallbrook and Carpinteria host annual avocado festivals.
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    Artichoke Queen

    Castroville is known as the 'Artichoke Center of the World'. In 1948, Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe was crowned Castroville's first honorary Artichoke Queen. Castroville Artichoke Festival is held every year in May and features colorful parades and live music.
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    California joined the United States with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War, in 1848. The U.S. paid Mexico $15 million for war damages. In turn, Mexico ceded nearly half of its territory, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and parts of Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. California officially became a state (the 31st) in 1850.
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    Golden State

    California was originally nicknamed the Grizzly Bear State. After the gold rush, it became the Golden State
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    Benitoite
    The mineral benitoite can be found in California, Japan, and Arkansas, but only San Benito County, California, has it in gemstone-quality deposits. The California State Gem Mine in Coalinga allows the public to dig and take home a quart-sized bag of treasure.
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    SFO, All the way

    San Francisco Bay is the world's largest landlocked harbor.
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    California Flag
    The bear on the current flag of California is claimed to have been modeled on the last Californian grizzly bear in captivity. The bear, named "Monarch", was captured in 1889 by newspaper reporter Allen Kelley, at the behest of William Randolph Hearst. The bear was later moved to the zoo at Golden Gate Park. After the bear's death in 1911, it was mounted and preserved at the Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park
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    Avenue of the Giants

    More then 60% of the world's tallest trees can be viewed along the 31 mile stretch of road aptly named 'Avenue of the Giants'
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    Got Milk!
    California is the biggest milk producing state in the US. It accounts for about 20% of the United States’ milk production. California is ranked first in the U.S. in the production of total milk, butter, ice cream, nonfat dry milk, and whey protein concentrate. California is second in cheese production.
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    In Food, We Trust

    By value, California is the world's fifth-largest supplier of food. California produces over 90% of the USA's supply of raisins, rice, pomegranates, dried plums, ladino clover seed, clingstone peaches, artichokes, figs, and pistachios.
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    Where North meets South

    A landmark along Highway 99 (State Route 99), the palm and pine trees mark the center of California—the pine representing the beautiful landscape of Northern California and the palm representing the sunshine of Southern California.
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    Hollywood, California is home to world's largest movie industry by revenue. It is based in Hollywood partly because movie makers were trying to get away from Thomas Edison (based in New Jersey). He had patents covering virtually the entire movie making process, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California was known to rule against patent claims.
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    Scenic Coast, All the way

    The entire coastline of California is a national monument, promising permanent conservation and ensuring there will not be new oil drilling within 12 nautical miles of the mainland
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    Great Flood

    It rained nearly continually in California from Christmas Eve 1861 through the end of January 1862, destroying nearly 1/4 of the property in the state, turning the Central Valley into an inland sea, and bankrupting the state
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    Numero Uno

    California is the most populous state (and the third largest by area). To put California's population, approximately 39 million people, in perspective, one out of every eight Americans is from California
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    On top of the continental USA

    California's Mount Whitney measures as the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Its most famous climb is Mount Whitney Trail to the 14,495 feet summit.

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