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California State Statistics
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CALIFORNIA  
FRESNO  
AREA 163,693 sq miles (land) 155,959 sq miles (water) 7,734 sq miles
CAPITAL Sacramento
FAMOUS DATES Entered Union (rank): Sept. 9, 1850 (31) Present constitution adopted: 1879
LOCATION 38.546N, 121.426W
MEAN ELEVATION 2,912 ft.
HIGHEST POINT 14,494 feet Mt. Whitney, 2nd
LOWEST POINT Death Valley; 282 feet below sea level, 1st
COUNTIES 58
COASTLINE  
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER approximately 39 miles to the east of Madera, in Madera County
STATE FOSSIL  
STATE GRASS  
STATE REPTILE  
STATE ROCK Serpentine
STATE GEMSTONE Benitoite
STATE FLAG On June 14, 1846, a small band of settlers marched on the Mexican garrison at Sonoma and took the commandant, Mariano Vallejo, prisoner, They issued a proclamation which declared California to be a Republic, independent of Mexico.
STATE COLORS blue and gold (1951)
STATE SEAL The Great Seal is one of many symbols that decorate the Capitol and represent the state's people and resources. Delegates at California's first Constitutional Convention determined its design, but not without controversy.
STATE SLOGAN By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda
STATE MOTTO Eureka (I have found it)
STATE SONG “I Love You, California” (1951)
STATE TREE California redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens & Sequoiadendron giganteum) (1937, 1953)
STATE BIRD California valley quail (1931)
STATE ANIMAL California grizzly bear (1953)
STATE FISH California golden trout (1947)
STATE METAL  
STATE NICKNAMES Golden State
STATE FLOWER golden poppy (1903)
BORDERING STATES Arizona Nevada Oregon
 

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