California State Profile
California is a state in the United States of America, it’s one of the largest states and the most economically successful states in the US of A and is one of the most popular places to visit in North America. California was admitted as the 31st state of the union on September 9, 1850.
The Spaniards gave the name Las California’s to the peninsula of Baja California and to Alta California, the region that became the present-day state of California. The name likely derived from the mythical island of California in the fictional story of Queen Calafia, as recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo.
California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, Mexico to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Pacific coastline stretches for 840 miles.
California Stats and Facts
|Overview of California|
|Capital of California||Sacramento|
|AREA (SQ. MI)||163,694|
|Foreign born persons||26.5%|
|Incarceration Rate||310 per 100k residents|
|Days With Unhealthy Air Quality||201 Days|
|Average Commute Time||30.7 minutes per day|
California Brief Timeline History
|1542||A Spanish ship captained by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first to visit California in 1542.|
|1579||English Explorer Sir Francis Drake landed on the coast near San Francisco and claimed the land for England.|
|1769||The Spanish began to build missions in California.|
|1821||Mexico wins its independence from Spain, becoming California’s new ruler.|
|1850||California was admitted into the Union as the 31st state on September 9, 1850.|
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California is known for its diverse landscape, which includes beaches, mountains, deserts, and forests. The state is also known for its entertainment industry, which includes Hollywood, the world-famous film and television production centre located in Los Angeles.