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Profile of the State of California - Quick Facts and Links
California on a map of the United States

California on a map of the United States

Nickname: The Golden State
Population: The most populous state with 37,691,912 residents (according to 2011 census data)
Size: 3rd largest state by area
Capital: Sacramento
Largest City: Los Angeles

California, a beacon in U.S. West to Americans and foreigners alike, hardly needs an introduction. The state is home to the famous cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, and eight of the USA's 50 most populous cities are in California. They include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland. California has some of America's top beaches, is home to Hollywood, the tech campuses of Silicon Valley, one of the world's most famous theme parks at Disneyland, and the USA's top wine region.

Guides to California Places on About.com

  • Guide to California Travel
  • Guide to Los Angeles Travel
  • Guide to San Francisco Travel
  • City Guide to Los Angeles
  • City Guide to Oakland
  • City Guide to Orange County
  • City Guide to Sacramento
  • City Guide to San Diego
  • City Guide to San Francisco
  • Maps of California

  • Interactive Google Map of the State of California
  • Downloadable City and Regional Maps from Visit California, the state's official tourism board
  • Maps of Northern California
  • Maps of Southern California
  • California Regions Maps
  • Los Angeles Maps
  • Map of Los Angeles Neighborhoods from the L.A. Times
  • Disneyland Resort Maps
  • Hollywood Star Maps: Maps to homes of celebrities
  • San Francisco Maps
  • California Wine Regions Imagined As Subway Stops
  • Maps of San Diego
  • Top Attractions/Things to Do in Los Angeles

  • Top Attractions in LA
  • Free Things to Do in Los Angeles
  • Step-by-Step Los Angeles Trip Planner
  • Top Attractions/Things to Do in San Francisco and the Bay Area

  • The Best of San Francisco
  • 100 Things to Do in San Francisco
  • Food Lover's Guide to San Francisco
  • Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Top Attractions/Things to Do in San Diego

  • Must-See San Diego
  • Must-Do San Diego
  • San Diego Landmarks
  • Top Attractions/Things to Do in the State of California

  • California Wine Country
  • California Weekend Getaways and Day Trips
  • National Parks in California
  • California State Parks
  • Beaches of California - A Comprehensive List
  • Great Books About California
    California has been the setting for countless novels. To get in the mood for a California vacation, take a look at this list from GoodReads.com of novels set in California. You may also want to consider these California travel guides Compare Prices.

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