California (English: California) is one of the fifty states of the United States of America. It stretches from north to south along the west coast of the country, on the Pacific Ocean. The capital is Sacramento.

Hamburger Mary’s 1582 Folsom at 12th Street 1980

Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland are the largest cities. California includes two of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, the Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Perry Lancaster built “Access Studio” at 71 Langton Street 1981

Perry Lancaster built “Access Studio” at 71 Langton Street 1981

With a population of over 39 million people (2016), California has more inhabitants than any other state in the US.

Charging battery Moss Street 1982

The area of the state of California is 423,970 km². This makes California slightly larger than Germany or Japan and slightly smaller than France or Sweden.

Boy lifting weights 122 Langton Street 1

California is the third largest state in the US, after Alaska and Texas. California borders the Mexican state of Baja California to the south, the US states of Arizona and Nevada to the east, and the state of Oregon to the north.

Helen and her husband, Chester, at the Helen Cafe, 486 6th Street, 1980.jpg

To the west and southwest, the state is bordered by the Pacific. The California coastline is approximately 1400 km long.

Ted Zouzounis and his son David at Ted’s Market 1530 Howard Street1982

California has a lot of natural beauty, rich vegetation and a diverse fauna. The highest and lowest points of the 48 continental states of the US lie in this state.

Longtime neighbors Langton at Folsom Street 1981

There are extensive nature reserves, including the tallest trees in the world. There are mountain ranges with ski areas, but also deserts, glaciers, forests, hilly areas, lakes and beaches.

Greyhound Bus Depot, 7th St. between Mission and Market Streets, 1982.jpg

The climate and vegetation vary from dry desert areas to alpine high mountains.

Bobbie Washington and her daughter Ayana, 28 Langton Street, 1982.jpg

The state’s symbol is the California grizzly bear, which is also depicted on the flag. The nickname of California is “the Golden State”.

Painting Mural Langton Street 1980 1

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