California State Profile – Interesting Things You Should Know

This page contains a wealth of quick information about California State, the 5th state of all the 50 US States in alphabetical order.

California State map

State Map

California Location

State Location

California State Geography & Demographics

State AbbreviationCA
State CapitalSacramento
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 163,696 sq miles; Land Only: 155,959 sq miles
Number of Counties58
Time ZonePacific Time Zone
Bordering StatesArizona, Nevada, Oregon
Highest PointMount Whitney, 14,505 feet
National ParksChannel Islands National Park
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Redwood National Park
Sequoia National Park
Yosemite National Park
State Population (2020)39,538,223
State Population Density253.5 people / square mile
Area Codes209, 213, 279, 310, 323, 341, 408, 415, 424, 442, 510, 530, 559, 562, 619, 626, 628, 650, 657, 661, 669, 707, 714, 747, 760, 764, 805, 818, 820, 831, 840, 858, 909, 916, 925, 935, 949, 951

California Official Flag

California State Flag

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State Symbols

State AnimalCalifornia grizzly bear
State BirdCalifornia Valley Quail
State ColorsBlue and gold
State DanceWest Coast swing dance
State Fife and Drum CorpsCalifornia Consolidated Drum Band
State FishGolden trout
State FlowerGolden poppy
State Folk DanceSquare dance
State FossilSaber-toothed cat
State GemstoneBenitoite
State Gold Rush Ghost TownBodie
State GrassPurple needlegrass
State Historical SocietyCalifornia Historical Society
State InsectCalifornia dogface butterfly
State LichenLace lichen
State Marine FishGaribaldi
State Marine MammalCalifornia gray whale
State MottoEureka (I have found it)
State Marine ReptilePacific leatherback sea turtle
State Military MuseumCalifornia State Military Museum
State MineralGold
State NicknameGolden State
State Prehistoric ArtifactChipped stone bear
State ReptileDesert tortoise
State RockSerpentine
State Silver Rush Ghost TownCalico
State SoilSan Joaquin Soil
State Song“I Love You, California”
State Tall ShipThe Californian
State TheaterPasadena Playhouse
State TreeCalifornia redwood and sequoia
State Vietnam Veterans MemorialCalifornia Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park

California State Seal

seal of california

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Sports Teams

Major Sports TeamsMLB: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s
NFL: Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings
NHL: Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks
MLS: LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Football Club, San Jose Earthquake
NCAA Division I SchoolsThe University of California, Berkeley (Pac-12)
The University of California, Davis (Big West)
The University of California, Irvine (Big West)
The University of California, Los Angeles (Pac-12)
California Polytechnic State University (Big West)
The University of California, Riverside (Big West)
The University of California, Santa Barbara (Big West)
California State University, Bakersfield (WAC)
California State University, Fresno (Mountain West)
California State University, Fullerton (Big West)
California State University, Long Beach (Big West)
California State University, Northridge (Big West)
California State University, Sacramento (Big Sky)
Loyola Marymount University (West Coast)
University of the Pacific (West Coast)
Pepperdine University (West Coast)
Saint Mary’s College of California (West Coast)
University of San Diego (West Coast)
San Diego State University (Mountain West)
University of San Francisco (West Coast)
San Jose State University (Mountain West)
Santa Clara University (West Coast)
University of Southern California (Pac-12)
Stanford University (Pac-12)

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Popular Tourist Attractions

  • Balboa Park: Park in San Diego, California.
  • California’s Great America: Amusement park in Santa Clara, California.
  • Disneyland: Theme park in Anaheim, California.
  • Golden Gate Bridge: Bridge in San Francisco, California.
  • Griffith Observatory: Observatory in Los Angeles, California.
  • Hearst Castle: Historic castle in San Simeon, California.
  • Hollywood Bowl: Concert hall in Los Angeles, California.
  • Knott’s Berry Farm: Amusement park in Buena Park, California.
  • Legoland California: Theme park in Carlsbad, California.
  • Los Angeles Zoo: Zoo in Los Angeles, California.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: Aquarium in Monterey, California.
  • San Diego Zoo: Zoo in San Diego, California.
  • Santa Monica Pier: Recreational and entertainment center in Santa Monica, California.
  • SeaWorld San Diego: Theme park in San Diego, California.
  • Sequoia National Park: National park in the southern Sierra Nevada region in California.
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain: Theme park in Valencia, California.
  • The Queen Mary: Floating hotel in Long Beach, California.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: Theme park in Universal City, California.
  • Yosemite National Park: National park in the Sierra Nevada region in California. This park is one of the 25 best vacation spots in th USA

Travel Guides

  • Fodor’s California: with the Best Road Trips: By Fodor’s Travel Guides
  • Lonely Planet California’s Best Trips: By Loney Planet and Sara Benson
  • Lonely Planet Coastal California: By Lonely Planet, Nate Cavalieri, et al.
  • Secret Southern California: A Guide to Unique Places: By Kathy Strong

Famous People Born In California State

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Ben Affleck
  • Jessica Alba
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Cher
  • Ted Danson
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Robert Duvall
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Will Ferrell
  • Sally Field
  • Jodie Foster
  • Gene Hackman
  • Tom Hanks
  • Donah Hill
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Helen Hunt
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Diane Keaton
  • Brie Larson
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Gregory Peck
  • Sean Penn
  • Cliff Robertson
  • Kristen Stewart

Famous Singers

  • Paula Abdul
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Kim Carnes
  • Cher
  • Cherrelle
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • John Fogerty
  • Josh Groban
  • Etta James
  • Courtney Love
  • Mike Patton
  • Kate Perry
  • Steve Perry
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Patrice Rushen
  • Raphael Saadiq
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Tom Waits
  • Scott Weiland

California State (Summary)

California is a western U.S. state that runs almost 900 miles from the Mexican border to the Pacific Ocean.

Cliff-lined beaches, redwood forests, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farms, and the Mojave Desert are all part of the landscape.

The Hollywood entertainment business is headquartered in Los Angeles. San Francisco is recognized for its cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island.

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