California State Facts and History

California Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Gavin Newsom
  • Capital: Sacramento
  • Population:39.51 million (2019 est.)
  • Residents: Alaskan
  • Land Area: 423,970 km²
  • Water Area: 7,915.52 km²
  • Total Area: 423,970 km²
  • Width: 770 mi (1,240 km)
  • Length: 250 mi (400 km)
  • State Motto: “Eureka”
  • Nickname: The Golden State
  • Electoral votes: 3
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 1 (of 435)
  • State Song: “I Love You, California”
  • Date of Statehood: September 9, 1850
  • Time Zone: Alaskan (GMT − 9 hours)
  • Official Website of California:
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: CA
  • Origin of name: The name “California” derives from a 16th Century romance novel written by a Spanish author named Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo.

California State Slogan

The official state slogan of California:

California – Eureka! The Golden State” – 

California “Eureka” is a Greek word meaning “I have found it” – the famed Greek mathematician Archimedes is said to have exclaimed “Eureka!” when he finally discovered a method for determining the purity of gold.

State Symbol of California

flag of California
Flag of California
State Bird of California
State Bird of California – California Quail
State Fruit of California
State Fruit of California – Artichokes
State Seal of California
State Seal of California
State Fabric of California
State Fabric of California- Denim
State Grass of California
State Grass of California – Purple Needlegrass
State Animal of California – Grizzly Bear
State Flower of California
State Flower of California- California Poppy
State Tall ship of California
State Tall ship of California – Californian

Map of California

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