California Facts - facts about California
Vacation 2 USA

Travel & Tourism
 Guide Books
 Rental Cars
 Top Attractions
 US Flag

 Las Vegas
 Los Angeles
 New Orleans
 New York
 San Antonio
 San Diego
 San Francisco
 Washington D.C.

Attractions & Resorts
 The Alamo
 Broadway Theatre
 Busch Gardens Africa
 Disneyland Resort
 Empire State Building
 Fisherman's Wharf
 Gateway Arch
 Golden Gate Bridge
 Grand Canyon
 Jefferson Memorial
 Kennedy Space Center
 Lincoln Memorial
 Mount Rushmore
 Napa Valley
 Niagara Falls
 Statue of Liberty
 Walt Disney World
 Washington Monument
 White House
 More US Attractions

 American Samoa
 New Hampshire
 New Jersey
 New Mexico
 New York
 North Carolina
 North Dakota
 Northern Mariana Islands
 Puerto Rico
 Rhode Island
 South Carolina
 South Dakota
 Virgin Islands
 Washington D.C.
 West Virginia

Vacation 2 USA   >   California   >   General Information


California Information

Here is some general information about California:

Book about US States & Territories
State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide

This guide contains information about the symbols, mottoes, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and even license plates for each of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.

Click here for more information...

Disclosure: Products details and descriptions provided by Our company may receive a payment if you purchase products from them after following a link from this website.


Offical Name State of California
Nicknames The Golden State
Abbreviations CA, Calif., US-CA
Origin of Name Probably from "Queen Calif" the mythical ruler of an island West of the Indies described in the 1510 novel, Las Sergas de Esplandian

Official Language English
Admission to Union 9 September 1850
Time Zone Pacific
Official Web Site

Capital Sacramento
Largest City Los Angeles
Population 33,871,648 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: fruit, vegetables, diary products, wine

Industry: aerospace, entertainment (TV and movies), light manufacturing, computer hardware and software, borax mining

Area 155,959 square miles (403,929 km2)
Major Rivers Colorado River, San Joaquin River, Sacramento River
Major Lakes Clear Lake, Clear Lake Reservoir, Lake Tahoo, Mono Lake, Salton Sea, Shasta Lake, GGoose Lake
Highest Point Mount Whitney - 14,505 feet (4,421 meters)
Bordering States Arizona, Nevada, Oregon
Bordering Country Mexico
Bordering Body of Water Pacific Ocean

Flag California Flag
Motto "Eureka"
Song I Love You, California
Slogan Find Yourself Here
Animal California Grizzly Bear
Marine Animal Gray Whale
Bird California
Insect California Dogface Butterfly
Butterfly California Dogface Butterfly
Fish Golden Trout
Marine Fish Garibaldi
Reptile Desert Tortoise
Fossil Saber-toothed Cat
Flower California Poppy
Wildflower California Poppy
Tree California Redwood
Grass Purple Needlegrass
Beverage Wine
Rock Serpentine
Gemstone Benitoite
Mineral Gold
Soil San Joaquin Soil
Dance West Coast Swing
Folk Dance Square Dance
Tartan California State Tartan
Colors Gold, Blue

Related Links

Here are some other websites that may be of interest:

Your Comments

Please share your comments about California:

Click here

Note: Our company does NOT provide travel, vacation, hotel, car rental services or associated products or services. Any links (including but not limited to banners, text links, or search forms) to such items on this web site are adverts from third parties. Sorry we can NOT answer questions about these types of products or services.

Unless specifically noted on the page in question, our company is NOT associated with any particular destinations, resorts, attractions or places of interest that may be described on this website. In such cases, we have often provided links to the official sites where possible, or other third party sites containing useful information, purely as a courtesy and for informational purposes only.

All information about attractions, places of interest, travel destinations, travel services, etc., was believed to be correct at the time it was prepared, but may be change at any time. Readers are advised to check with the facility/resort operator, their travel agent, travel provider, or the attraction operator, for current information.

Copyright © 2006-2018, Answers 2000 Limited


Disclosure: Our company's websites' content (including this website's content) includes advertisements for our own company's websites, products, and services, and for other organization's websites, products, and services. In the case of links to other organization's websites, our company may receive a payment, (1) if you purchase products or services, or (2) if you sign-up for third party offers, after following links from this website. Unless specifically otherwise stated, information about other organization's products and services, is based on information provided by that organization, the product/service vendor, and/or publicly available information - and should not be taken to mean that we have used the product/service in question. Additionally, our company's websites contain some adverts which we are paid to display, but whose content is not selected by us, such as Google AdSense ads. For more detailed information, please see Advertising/Endorsements Disclosures

Our sites use cookies, some of which may already be set on your computer. Use of our site constitutes consent for this. For details, please see Privacy.

Contact Us   Privacy   Terms of Use   Advertising/Endorsements Disclosures

In Association With
Answers 2000 Limited is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to
All trademarks are property of their respective owners.
All third party content and adverts are copyright of their respective owners.

Some graphics on our web sites are Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Hemera Technologies Inc., and used under license. All such pictures are provided for viewing purposes only and are not to be saved or downloaded. All such pictures of recognizable individuals are models and used for illustrative purposes only, and not meant to imply any association or endorsement of said individual with any product or service.