20 California Fun Facts You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner


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In 1850, California became the 31st state. It was an independent country for one month in 1846.

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California is home to approximately 40 million residents, about ⅛ of the U.S. population.

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Most residents belong to a minority group, one out of every four Californians was not born in the U.S. 

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Almonds are California’s top exports, and grown in the Central Valley, considered the world’s almond capital.

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Many Native American tribes, including the Quechan, Maidu, Pomo, and Hupa, lived in California.

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The Golden State ranks third amongst the most extensive territories in the U.S.

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Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose are among the top 10 biggest cities in the U.S.

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With nearly three million acres of land, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the U.S.

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Contrasting San Bernardino, Alpine County is California's smallest county, with 465,030 acres of land.

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There are many interesting facts about California, but one of the most impressive is that it is the first state to reach $1 trillion in GDP.

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The California redwood tree became the designated California state tree in 1937.

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The state adopted “Eureka” as its official motto in honour of the California Gold Rush.

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During the Great Depression, San Francisco successfully survived the worldwide recession.

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On average, California experiences over 100,000 earthquakes a year.

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California was initially named “the Grizzly Bear State”, but the human population increased in California.

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Innovations were created here, including wetsuits, skateboards, Barbie dolls, Apple products, Frisbee, and even the Internet. 

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 In the summer months, the Sierra Nevada surprises and delights visitors with its magnificent “watermelon snow.”

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Many people love to crack open these vanilla-flavoured treats after enjoying a Chinese meal.

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Get ready to steam your worries away in California—Sonoma County boasts the world's largest geothermal field. 

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Nine national parks to explore, California is home to the most national parks in the country.

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