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California became the 31st state in 1850 and is the largest state by population with almost 37 million residents. It is also the 3rd largest state by land and water area with a total area of 163,696 square miles. California is home to three of the ten largest cities in the United States. The largest city in California is Los Angeles which is the nation's second largest city with a population of approximately 3.8 million people. California has approximately 1,264 miles of coastal shoreline.

The first area that was referred to as "California" was the peninsula on the west coast of present day Mexico now known as Baja or Lower California. It was later discovered that "California" extended farther north. This new area was called "Alto California" and is the area which is now the state of California.

Included below are more facts and symbols, information about the current California Governor, a state map, California members of the United States 112th Congress with a congressional district map, the state song and more views of the California State Quarter.

California State Quarter

State Quarter

(United States Mint Image)


California State Capital - Sacramento

State Nickname - The Golden State

State Motto - "Eureka"

State Flower - Poppy

State Tree - California Redwood

State Bird - California Quail

State Fish - Golden Trout

State Marine Fish - Garibaldi

State Animal - California Grizzly Bear

State Insect - Dogface Butterfly (Doghead)

State Reptile - Desert Tortoise

State Mammal - California Gray Whale

State Dance - West Coast Swing Dancing

State Folk Dance - Square Dancing

State Mineral - Gold

State Gemstone - Benitoite

State Fossil - Saber-toothed Cat

State Soil - San Joaquin Soil

State Grass - Purple Needlegrass (Nassella pulchra)

State Colors - Blue and Gold

Official State Web Site -


California State Governor:

Jerry Brown

Governor's Office

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (510) 628-0202


California State Map:
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California State Map - Click for Larger View


California State Congressional District Map:

California State Congressional District Map


California Members of the United States Congress (112th Congress)


United States Senate (California Members):

  Barbara Boxer - (D-CA) Dianne Feinstein - (D-CA)  

United States House of Representatives (California Members by District):


Mike Thompson - 1st

Wally Herger - 2nd

Daniel E. Lungren - 3rd

Tom McClintock - 4th

Doris O. Matsui - 5th

Lynn C. Woolsey - 6th

George Miller - 7th

Nancy Pelosi - 8th

Barbara Lee - 9th

John Garamendi - 10th

Jerry McNerney - 11th

Jackie Speier - 12th

Fortney Pete Stark - 13th

Anna G. Eshoo - 14th

Michael M. Honda - 15th

Zoe Lofgren - 16th

Sam Farr - 17th

Dennis A. Cardoza - 18th

Jeffrey Denham - 19th

Jim Costa - 20th

Devin Nunes - 21st

Kevin McCarthy - 22nd

Lois Capps - 23rd

Elton Gallegly - 24th

Howard P. "Buck'' McKeon - 25th

David Dreier - 26th

Brad Sherman - 27th

Howard L. Berman - 28th

Adam B. Schiff - 29th

Henry A. Waxman - 30th

Xavier Becerra - 31st

Judy Chu - 32nd

Karen Bass - 33rd

Lucille Roybal-Allard - 34th

Maxine Waters - 35th

Jane Harman - 36th

Laura Richardson - 37th

Grace F. Napolitano - 38th

Linda T. Sánchez - 39th

Edward R. Royce - 40th

Jerry Lewis - 41st

Gary G. Miller - 42nd

Joe Baca - 43rd

Ken Calvert - 44th

Mary Bono Mack - 45th

Dana Rohrabacher - 46th

Loretta Sanchez - 47th

John Campbell - 48th

Darrell E. Issa - 49th

Brian P. Bilbray - 50th

Bob Filner - 51st

Duncan Hunter - 52nd

Susan A. Davis - 53rd


California State Song:

I Love You, California
written by F.B. Silverwood

I love you, California, you're the greatest state of all.
I love you in the winter, summer, spring and in the fall.
I love your fertile valleys; your dear mountains I adore.
I love your grand old ocean and I love her rugged shore.
Where the snow crowned Golden Sierras
Keep their watch o'er the valleys bloom,
It is there I would be in our land by the sea,
Every breeze bearing rich perfume.
It is here nature gives of her rarest. It is Home Sweet Home to me,
And I know when I die I shall breathe my last sigh
For my sunny California.
I love your red-wood forests - love your fields of yellow grain.
I love your summer breezes and I love your winter rain.
I love you, land of flowers; land of honey, fruit and wine.
I love you, California; you have won this heart of mine.
I love your old gray Missions - love your vineyards stretching far.
I love you, California, with your Golden Gate ajar.
I love your purple sun-sets, love your skies of azure blue.
I love you, California; I just can't help loving you.
I love you, Catalina, you are very dear to me.
I love you, Tamalpais, and I love Yosemite.
I love you, Land of Sunshine, Half your beauties are untold.
I loved you in my childhood, and I'll love you when I'm old.

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