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25 Things You Probably Don't Know About California

This list of 25 facts about California will blow you away! We've compiled this list of facts about the beautiful state of California so you can wow your friends or entertain anyone at your next party. Use this list to quiz your friends or to expand your own knowledge.

25 Facts About California

1. California is one of the largest states in the country and is the most populated state in the US.

2. California raises more turkeys than any other state.

3. More avocados are grown in the Fallbrook, located in northern San Diego, than any other county in the US. Fallbrook is also known as the "Avocado Capital of the World". California Facts Flickr - olle svensson

4. The element Californium was actually named after California!

5. The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is the richest 2-day rodeo in the United States with a purse topping over $200,000!

6. The California state Railroad Museum in Sacramento is the largest museum of its kind in North America.

7. There are 58 counties in California.

8. San Bernardino County, about three million acres in size, is the largest county in the country.

9. The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the world.

10. Before Beverly Hills became home to the rich and famous, it once boasted fields of Lima Beans.

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11. The World Meteorological Organization has deemed California's Death Valley the world's hottest place in a recent media release.

12. San Francisco Bay is the largest land-locked harbor in the world.

13. Sequoia National Park is host to the largest living tree with a circumference of 102 feet. Now that is a tree! California Facts Flickr - synopsis1

14. One out of every eight people living in the United States is a California Resident.

15. Out of all of the 50 states in the U.S., California has the largest economy.

16. California's state motto is: "Eureka!" meaning, "I have found it!" and was adopted in 1849. It's also the name of a town in Northern California.

17. Every year California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine. 10376888204_053c96782f_b Flickr - Freddy Olsson

18. The state tree of California is the redwood.

19. Gold was first discovered by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California on January 24, 1848.

20. California is the birthplace of the skateboard which was created as an alternative for surfing.

21. Sacramento is California's state capitol.

22. Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states.

23. California's beloved band, The Beach Boys, are originally from Hawthorne, California and after 50 years of being together, are Americas first pop-band to reach that milestone!

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24. California is host to the highest number of residents who were born in other countries.

25. California is known as the Golden State (this is due to the discovery of gold, but we like to think it has something to do with the golden California sunshine).

California Sunset Flickr - Damian Gadal Source: California Fast Facts Cover Photo: Flickr - Raul Gomez


  • Brother Jim – I am from California actually (born and raised – a 28 year resident) but I really appreciate you pointing out the discrepancies in this article! I will do my best to go back and correctly them immediately. I apologize for any confusion I may have caused.

    Emilie on
  • I suspect you may not be from California, Emilie.

    - The Red Bluff Round-Up is the biggest 3 day rodeo in U.S., not the Tehama County Fair.

    - There is no such thing as a Tehama County Fair; there is a Tehama District Fair

    - Temperatures in Death Valley average 116 in July; they reach higher, as high as 134

    - The Beach Boys did not wait 22 years for their hit single, “I Get Around.” The group was formed in 1961 and scored #1 in 1966.

    - California became a state 2 years after gold was discovered, not 9 days.

    Don’t quit your day job.

    Brother Jim on

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