California

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation’s second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California’s most populous city, and the country’s second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation’s most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country’s second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

California’s $3.0 trillion economy is larger than that of any other state; larger than those of Texas and Florida combined, and is the largest sub-national economy in the world. If it were a country, California would be the fifth-largest economy in the world (larger than the United Kingdom, France, or India), and the 36th-most populous as of 2017. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation’s second- and third-largest urban economies ($1.253 trillion and $907 billion respectively as of 2017), after the New York metropolitan area. The San Francisco Bay Area PSA had the nation’s highest GDP per capita in 2017 (~$94,000) among large PSAs, and is home to three of the world’s ten largest companies by market capitalization and four of the world’s ten richest people.

Capital: Sacramento



 

Blog Posts:

California: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

High-up in the California\'s Sierra Nevada Mountains are two of USA\'s most spectacular National ...

California: Yosemite National Park

We spent two excellent days exploring the magnificent Yosemite National Park. With two children in ...

USA: Yosemite NP

We spent two excellent days exploring the magnificent Yosemite National Park. With two children in ...

California: Ferndale and kinetic sculpture races

Nestled between the California Redwoods and fabled Lost Coast, is the Victorian Village of, ...

California: Joshua Tree National Park

Sat at transition point of two deserts; the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert., Joshua Tree ...

California: Alcatraz National Park

A day trip to the infamous prison island of Alcatraz in San Francisco and watching the sea lions ...

California: Death Valley

A short trip to explore the infamous Death Valley in the height of the summer heat. We must be mad! ...
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