The Golden State is a legendary place that has a great hold on our collective imagination. It is a place where extremes seem to be the order of the day, and jokes about its people, diversity and geography are legion.
- California is the USA’s most populous state with almost 40,000,000 residents. One of eight United States residents lives there.
- California is a “minority majority” state, with 58% of its population being Asian, Hispanic, Native American or other groups. 26% of its people were born outside the U.S.
- Three out of the ten largest U. S. cities are in California: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose
- California is the country’s top state in cash farm receipts, growing nearly half of all fruits, nuts and vegetables. Almonds are the biggest export (in dollars), followed by dairy products, wine, table grapes, cotton, walnuts, pistachios and rice
- California contains the lowest and the highest points in the continental U. S. It is possible to travel from 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley to 14,494-foot Mt. Whitney in less than a day
- California is home to the world’s largest tree (General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park) and the tallest (a coastal redwood whose identity is withheld).
- Invented in California: fortune cookies, Apple computers, theme parks (Disneyland), blue jeans and the Barbie doll.
***This article was written by one of our contributing writers: Malcolm Noden