Moving to California? 20 Fascinating Facts You Should Know

Moving to California? 20 Fascinating Facts You Should Know

There’s no shortage of reasons why one would consider moving to California. Also known as the Golden State, California is one of the most famous places on the planet. Other than the reason that some of the best companies in the world are based here, like Facebook, Twitter, Google and many more, California has several other strong points. The weather, the views, and the culture in California are some reasons why moving to California is such a hot topic.

So whether you’ve already moved here or planning on moving to California, you’d want to check out the list below to learn a little bit more about the state.

20 Facts You Need to Know about California

  1. In 1542, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Spanish navigator became the first European in recorded history to spot the region that is now known as California. If you’re in San Diego, check out the Cabrillo National Monument and learn more about it.

    "Cabrillo National Monument (Loki30)" by The original uploader was Loki30 at German Wikipedia(Original text: Wolfgang Artmüller) - Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons.own photography. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
    Cabrillo National Monument (Loki30)” by The original uploader was Loki30 at German Wikipedia(Original text: Wolfgang Artmüller) – Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons.own photography. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
  2. One out of every eight United States residents lives in California
  3. California is home to the Silicon Valley, the first and the biggest Tech Hub in the world. Its home to some of the world’s biggest companies like Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google and many more.

    Photo by Roman Boed @ Flickr / CC BY
    Photo by Roman Boed @ Flickr / CC BY
  4. A bristlecone pine tree from California’s White Mountains known as Methuselah is the oldest non-clonal continuously surviving tree in the world. The tree is projected to be 4,650 years old.
  5. If you love turkeys here is good news for you. California has the highest number of turkeys raised in the United States.

    "Methuselah Walk USA Ca" by Oke. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
    Methuselah Walk USA Ca” by Oke. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
  6. Mount Whitney in California is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. The most famous climb of the mount is Mount Whitney Trail which is 14,495 feet summit. You need to obtain wilderness permit before climbing this mount.

    "Mount Whitney 2003-03-25" by Geographer - en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY 1.0 via Commons.
    Mount Whitney 2003-03-25” by Geographer – en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY 1.0 via Commons.
  7. San Bernardino County which stretches across almost 3 million acres in California is the largest county in the United States.
  8. The world’s largest outdoor amphitheater, the Hollywood Bowl is located in 2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles.

    "Hollywood bowl and sign" by Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons.
    Hollywood bowl and sign” by Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons.
  9. The Death Valley in California is known as the driest hottest place in the United States. Sometimes the temperature of the region exceeds 115 degrees.

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    Death-Valley-Recetrack“ von Jon Sullivan (pdphoto.org) / CC0 – Originally from de.wikipedia; description page is/was here; original uploader was Pandat at de.wikipedia.. Lizenziert unter Gemeinfrei über Wikimedia Commons.
  10. On April 2 1902, the first motion picture theater was opened in Los Angeles. Read about it here.
  11. The California State Railroad Museum which is located in Sacramento is the largest museum of its kind in the entire North America.

    "Gov Stanford Locomotive at the California State Railroad Museum 2" by BenFranske - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
    Gov Stanford Locomotive at the California State Railroad Museum 2” by BenFranskeOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
  12. San Francisco Bay is the world’s largest landlocked harbor.
  13. In the United States California is the first state to ever attain a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.
  14. Each year, California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine.

    "Sonomamtnvineyard" by ​English Wikipedia user Anlace. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
    Sonomamtnvineyard” by ​English Wikipedia user Anlace. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
  15. California is the largest producer of almonds in the world. The state produces more than 80% of the global production of almonds.
  16. California has more national parks than any other state in the U.S. The state has 9 parks out of the total 59 nationwide.
    By Paxson Woelber (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    By Paxson Woelber (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
  17. Located in Jackson, Kennedy Mine served as one of the richest gold mines in the world and the deepest mine in North America in the late 1850s.
  18. Hyperion, a coast redwood tree in the Redwood National Park, California, is the tallest living tree in the world at 115.54 meters (379.1 ft.)

    "Redwood National Park REDW9343" by National Park Service Digital Image Archives - http://www.nps.gov/storage/images/redw/Webpages/originals/387.jpgGallery http://www.nps.gov/storage/images/redw/Webpages/index.htmlTransferred to Commons by Fæ. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.
    Redwood National Park REDW9343” by National Park Service Digital Image Archiveshttp://www.nps.gov/storage/images/redw/Webpages/originals/387.jpgGallery http://www.nps.gov/storage/images/redw/Webpages/index.htmlTransferred to Commons by . Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.
  19. The General Sherman, a giant sequoia tree located in the Sequoia National Park, California, is the largest living single stem tree on earth. The tree is estimated to be about 2500 year-old and it has a diameter of 7.7 meters (25 ft.)
    By Daniels, Gene, photographer, Photographer (NARA record: 8463941) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
    By Daniels, Gene, photographer, Photographer (NARA record: 8463941) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  20. California boasts of two of the top ten most populous cities in the United States: San Diego and Los Angeles.