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Capital City:

Sacramento

Statehood:

September 9, 1850 (31st)

Population:

33,147,000

Nickname:

The Golden State

Motto:

Eureka (I have found it)

Origin of State Name:

Named by the Spanish after Califia, a mythical paradise in a Spanish romance written by Montalvo in 1510.

Counties:

58

Largest Cities:

Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach

Border States:

Arizona, Nevada, Oregon

Land Area:

156,297 sq. mi.; 3rd largest

Highest Point:

Mt. Whitney, 14,494 ft

Lowest Point:

Death Valley, -282 ft

State Bird:

California Valley Quail

State Flower:

Golden Poppy (eschscholtzia californica)

State Tree:

California redwood (sequoia sempervirens)

State Song:

I Love You, California

State Web Site:

www.state.ca.us


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