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  • Capital City: Sacramento (Previous Capitals)
  • Size: 158,706 square miles (3rd largest state)
  • Population: 37,679,000 - highest state population *
  • Nickname: The Golden State
  • Motto: Eureka (“I have found it”)
  • Statehood: September 9, 1850
  • Largest Cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno *
  • Border States: Arizona, Nevada, Oregon
  • State Animal: California Grizzly Bear
  • State Bird: California Valley Quail
  • State Flower: Golden Poppy
  • State Seal
  • State Song: I Love You, California
  • All State Symbols
  • Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau
  • State Parks Facts
  • Fun Facts for Kids

* Source: Department of Finance

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