102 Interesting Facts About California That You Should Know

Last updated on September 25th, 2021

About Yosemite National Park

1) Yosemite Falls is one of tallest on the planet and the tallest waterfall in the U.S. It is actually made up of three separate falls: Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 feet), the middle cascades (675 feet), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 feet).[48]

2) Almost 75% of the visitors come to the park may through October.[49]

3) The park is also one of the only few places in the U.S. where one can see a rainbow at night. During the spring and early summer, with enough clear skies, the moon can produce enough light to produce a rainbow from a waterfall’s mist.[49]

About SpaceX, Hollywood, Disneyland

SpaceX, headquartered Hawthorne, California became the first privately funded group to put a payload in Earth orbit, in 2008. The company has also launched unmanned cargo loads to the international space station (ISS). Surprisingly, its upright landing and recovery of the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 21 2015, was another first.[50,51]

International Space Station - California facts
For 102 interesting facts about California: a foreward view of the International Space Station backdropped by the limb of the Earth. Image via Wikipedia.org

Hollywood, a quiet neighborhood in Los Angeles, California became the powerhouse of the movie industry in the U.S. In 1910, titled “In old California,” was the first film made entirely in Hollywood. Known as the “Father of Hollywood,” real estate mogul H.J.Whitley, opened the Hollywood Hotel. The hotel, now the site of the Dolby Theater, also hosts the annual Oscars ceremony.[52]

The Los Angeles metropolitan area (MSA) is the second-largest metropolitan area in the nation.[53]

Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the only theme park designed and built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It is the oldest Disney Park in the world.[54]

California – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationCA
State CapitalSacramento
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Largest CityLos Angeles
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 163,696 sq miles; Land Only: 155,959 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2019 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodSeptember 9, 1850
State rank by population1st
State rank by date of formation31st
State rank by area3rd
Number of Counties58
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Bordering StatesArizona, Nevada, Oregon
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointMount Whitney, 14,505 ft (4,421.0 m)
Lowest pointBadwater Basin
−279 ft (−85.0 m)
Mean elevation2,900 feet above sea level
Length770 miles (1,240 km)
Width250 miles (400 km)
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
GovernorGavin Newsom (D)
Lieutenant GovernorEleni Kounalakis (D)
Electoral Votes55
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2012-201682.1%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2012-201627.0%
Persons per household, 2012-20162.95
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2012-201628.4
Median gross rent, 2012-2016$1,297
State MottoEureka (I have found it)

State NicknameEl Dorado State
Golden State
Golden West
Grape State
Land of Milk and Honey
Sunshine State
% Water4.7
Nobel Prize WinnersThomas C. Schelling (Economic Sciences, 2005)
Andrew Z. Fire (Physiology or Medicine, 2006)
Elinor Ostrom (Economic Sciences, 2009)
Carol W. Greider (Physiology or Medicine, 2009)
Thomas J. Sargent (Economic Sciences, 2011)
William E. Moerner (Chemistry, 2014)Joseph Erlanger (Physiology or Medicine, 1944)
Edwin M. McMillan (Chemistry, 1951)
Willis E. Lamb (Physics, 1955)
Owen Chamberlain (Physics, 1959)
John Steinbeck (Literature, 1962)Luis Alvarez (Physics, 1968)
Dudley R. Herschbach (Chemistry, 1986)
Robert B. Laughlin (Physics, 1998)
Eric Cornell (Physics, 2001)
Leland Hartwell (Physiology or Medicine, 2001)
State Folk DanceSquare dance
State DanceWest Coast swing dance
State Song"I Love You, California"
State Prehistoric ArtifactChipped stone bear

State MineralGold
State LichenLace lichen
State BirdCalifornia Valley Quail
State AnimalCalifornia grizzly bear
State FlowerGolden poppy
State FossilSaber-toothed cat
State GemstoneBenitoite
State Gold Rush Ghost TownBodie
State Marine MammalCalifornia gray whale
State Historical SocietyCalifornia Historical Society
State TreeCalifornia redwood and sequoia
State FishGolden trout
State Military MuseumCalifornia State Military Museum
State InsectCalifornia dogface butterfly
State GrassPurple needlegrass
State Marine ReptilePacific leatherback sea turtle
State RockSerpentine
State Tall ShipThe Californian
State SoilSan Joaquin Soil
State Silver Rush Ghost TownCalico
State Vietnam Veterans MemorialCalifornia Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento's Capitol Park
State ReptileDesert tortoise
State Marine FishGaribaldi
State AmphibianCalifornia red-legged frog
State FruitAvocado
Longitude114°8′ W to 124°26′ W
Latitude32°32′ N to 42° N
Time ZonePacific Time Zone
Area Codes209, 213, 310, 323, 341, 369, 408, 415, 424, 442, 510, 530, 559, 562, 619, 626, 627, 628, 650, 657, 661, 669, 707, 714, 747, 752, 760, 764, 805, 818, 831, 858, 909, 916, 925, 935, 949, 951
Table last updatedSeptember 4, 2021

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