50 Interesting & Fun Facts About California State to Discover Story

By Sarah Hartness

Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About California State to Discover Story

There are a lot of interesting and fun facts about California state to learn, including...

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Fun Facts for California

First up, some fun facts of California...

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The name California comes from a novel

The 1510 book "Las Sergas de Esplandián" by Garci Rodriguez is about warriors living on...

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The state capital of Sacramento is only the sixth largest city

Sacramento has a population of 525,000 people, which is much less than the biggest cities...

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When measuring land area, California is the third largest state

California covers a total area of 163,695 square miles. It covers 155,779 square miles of...

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California has the most major league sports team of any state

There are 21 professional sports teams in the state. There are five MLB teams, four...

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California has more US National Parks than any other state

California is home to nine national parks, which is one more than Alaska, which has...

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San Bernardino County is the largest in the country

It is not the most populated, but it is the biggest, covering 20,160 square miles...

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California has hosted the winter and summer Olympics

It is the only US state to have held both games. The 1932 Summer Olympics...

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Disneyland was the first Disney Park to open in the world

Disneyland in Anaheim opened on July 17, 1955, and Walt Disney supervised the design and...

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The largest tree by volume in the world is in California

There is a giant sequoia tree in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park. It's called...

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A 380-foot-tall Redwood tree in California is the tallest in the world

Even taller than General Sherman is the Hyperion which is a 380-foot-tall Redwood tree. The...

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Interesting Facts About California

Now it's time for interesting California facts...

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There are cable cars in San Francisco dating back to the 1870s

The cars were one of the biggest inventions in transportation history. The cars were designated...

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The grizzly bear is the official animal of California

However, there are actually no wild grizzly bears living in California. They used to be...

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Kings Canyon National Park has the largest grove of sequoia trees in the world

The grove is in the Redwood Canyon section of the park. The other part of...

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The Mojave Desert in California is the smallest desert in North America

The desert covers 25,000 square miles in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. It is the...

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California is over 170 years old

It became the 31st state in the United States in 1850. However, the United States...

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California's State Water Project runs for more than 705 miles through the state

It covers over two-thirds of the state, running from Oroville in the Central Valley south...

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Silicon Valley is the world's technology headquarters

The area is in San Jose and the surrounding area south of San Francisco Bay...

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The population of California is over 39 million people

Two cities in the state have millions of people living in them. Los Angeles has...

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California has a diverse population

The state does not have a majority ethnic group. The most prominent group is Latinos...

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California has some of the highest costs of living

It is one of the top three highest costs of living states after Hawaii and...

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Funny Facts About California

California is big, so there are even some funny and amazing facts about California...

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The state slogan of California is "Eureka"

The Greek word meaning "I found it" was used often during the Gold Rush by...

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California has "watermelon snow" in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

When the snow builds up on the mountains, usually in the summer, it looks pink...

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Many inventions come from California

Some of the most popular items include Barbie, Nicotine Patches, and the Hula Hoop. Others...

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Many famous foods were created in California

Some of the delicious foods made in California include the Egg McMuffin, California Rolls, and...

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Facts About California Agriculture

Farming is a big part of the state, so here are some agriculture in California...

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Fresno is often called the "Raisin Capital of the World"

All the raisins produced within the United States are within a 60-mile radius of Fresco...

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California is called the avocado capital of the world

California grows 90% of the avocados grown in the United States. The state produced 135,500...

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California produces the most almonds in the United States

California produces many types of nuts, including walnuts, pistachios, and pecans, but the most popular...

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The largest economy of any state in the US is California's

The high economic production comes from various industries and places, including technology, entertainment, and agriculture...

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Weird Facts About California

Ready for some weird California facts and history...

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For less than one month in 1846, California was the Independent California Republic

After the Bear Flag Revolt, the American settlers in California created the Independent California Republic...

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The Golden Gate Bridge was not supposed to be red

It was supposed to be painted with bright blue and yellow stripes, so it was...

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The highest point in the lower 48 states is in California at Mount Whitney

The peak of the mountain is 14,494 feet high. It was named after Josiah Dwight...

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Death Valley is the lowest point in the continental US

The Badwater Basin, which is part of the valley, is the lowest point in the...

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The highest and lowest points are within 100 miles of each other

Mount Whitney and Death Valley are just 85 miles from each other in Inyo County...

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History Facts About California

With such a detailed past, there are a lot of historical facts about California listed...

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Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo went on the first European expedition to the west coast

Cabrillo left Mexico and landed in what is now San Diego. He continued exploring up...

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The Bear Flag Revolt is how California came under the control of American settlers

The revolt started when American settlers and the Mexican people who originally controlled the territory...

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More than 300,000 people came to the Sacramento area during the California Gold Rush

Although digging for gold was difficult, the people here found more than two billion dollars...

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California was divided during the Civil War

It was divided similarly to how the US was divided, with the north and south...

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The largest mass migration in the US brought 200,000 people to California

The Dust Bowl in the 1930s caused millions of people to migrate out of the...

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Cool Facts About California

There are also a lot of cool California facts that I have listed below...

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California's nickname is the "Golden State"

It was designated the official nickname in 1968. Part of the name comes from the...

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Redwood National Park has the tallest trees on Earth

The Redwood trees grow to be more than 350 feet tall and have lived in...

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Sequoia National Park is the second oldest US national park

The park opened on September 25, 1890. The state created the park to protect the...

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Yosemite National Park has one of the tallest waterfalls in the world

Yosemite Falls is 2,425 feet tall, putting it in the top 20 tallest waterfalls in...

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Scary Facts About California

Next up are some scary fun facts on California...

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Bodie is the official ghost town of California

The town thrived during the Gold Rush, but it was abandoned once all the gold...

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Death Valley National Park is one of the hottest places on Earth

The hottest temperature recorded at the park was 134 degrees Fahrenheit in July 1913. There...

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California experiences over 175,000 earthquakes every year

There is an earthquake in California every three minutes. But nearly all of them are...

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California's biggest earthquake had a magnitude of 7.2

The earthquake happened on January 9, 1857, in Fort Tejon. It left two dead and...

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Random Facts About California

Finally, let's end this with random but mind-blowing facts about California...

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There are animals that only live in California

The animals include the tule elk, the California clapper rail bird, the San Francisco garter...

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The largest natural outdoor amphitheater is The Hollywood Bowl

The amphitheater holds 18,000 people, and it opened more than a century ago on July...

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Clear Lake is California's largest natural lake

It is a freshwater lake, and it covers 68 square miles. Native Americans settled in...

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The California state flag has a grizzly bear on it that symbolizes strength

It was first flown in 1846 when the state declared itself as the California Republic...

Conclusion

Conclusion

California has a lot of history, which lives on in its state flag and nickname...

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