|Nickname||The Golden State|
|Largest city||Los Angeles|
|Population||39.4M (Rank: 1)|
|Governor||Gavin Newsom (D)|
In 1850, when California was admitted as the 31st state in the union, California was 29th most populous state (only Delaware and Florida had fewer people). In 1963, California became the most populous state in the United States by surpassing the New York state. The current population (2017) of California is 39.4 million.
US state with highest population
In 1848, Mexico ceded a vast territory, including present-day California, to the United States. In 1849, Californians sought statehood and, after heated debate in the U.S. Congress arising out of the slavery issue, California entered the Union as a free, non-slavery state by the Compromise of 1850. California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850.
World's first McDonald's restaurant opened in San Bernardino, California.
Birthplace of McDonald's
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
California has more national parks than any other state in the USA. Of the 59 national parks in the USA, California has 9 national parks, followed by Alaska (eight), Utah (five), and Colorado (four)
Most national parks
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
Tallest trees on Earth
Land of Innovation and Inventions
The Apple computer, Barbie doll, theme park (Disneyland), Frisbee, blue jeans and Fortune cookie are only a few of many things invented in California
Unbelievable California facts
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.
In Food, We Trust
California facts about the economy
California is the first state ever to become a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.
The state with the biggest economy
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.
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.
When was California discovered?