27 Facts About California State

1. California State is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the Governor and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Assembly and Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of California and lower courts.

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2. California State is known for its car culture, giving California's cities a reputation for severe traffic congestion.

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3. California State is home to two major nuclear power plants: Diablo Canyon and San Onofre, the latter having been shut down in 2013.

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4. California State spending increased from $56 billion in 1998 to $127 billion in 2011.

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5. In 2008, California State exported $144 billion worth of goods, up from $134 billion in 2007 and $127 billion in 2006.

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6. California State is responsible for ~14 percent of the United States' approximate $20.4 trillion gross domestic product.

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7. California State has a twinning arrangement with the region of Catalonia in Spain and the Province of Alberta in Canada.

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8. California State is home to such notable private universities as Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology, and the Claremont Colleges.

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9. California State is home to the oldest college bowl game, the annual Rose Bowl, among others.

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10. California State has twenty major professional sports league franchises, far more than any other state.

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11. California State has twelve dioceses and two archdioceses, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the former being the largest archdiocese in the United States.

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12. California State continues to have a large Roman Catholic population due to the large numbers of Mexicans and Central Americans living within its borders.

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13. Culture of California State is a Western culture and most clearly has its modern roots in the culture of the United States, but, historically, many Hispanic Californio and Mexican influences.

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14. In terms of total numbers, California State has the largest population of White Americans in the United States, an estimated 22,200,000 residents.

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15. The center of population of California State is located in the town of Buttonwillow, Kern County.

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16. California State has a total of 290,821 acres of National Wildlife Refuges.

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17. California State has the greatest diversity of climate and terrain, the state has six life zones which are the lower Sonoran; upper Sonoran (foothill regions and some coastal lands), transition (coastal areas and moist northeastern counties); and the Canadian, Hudsonian, and Arctic Zones, comprising the state's highest elevations.

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18. California State is part of the Nearctic ecozone and spans a number of terrestrial ecoregions.

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19. California State contains more forestland than any other state except Alaska.

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20. California State is often geographically bisected into two regions, Southern California, comprising the 10 southernmost counties, and Northern California, comprising the 48 northernmost counties.

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21. Just before the Dot Com Bust, California State had the fifth-largest economy in the world among nations.

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22. California State manufactured 8.7 percent of total United States military armaments produced during World War II, ranking third among the 48 states.

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23. California State was suddenly no longer a sparsely populated backwater, but seemingly overnight it had grown into a major US population center.

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24. One of the largest ranchers in California State was John Marsh.

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25. California State groups were diverse in their political organization with bands, tribes, villages, and on the resource-rich coasts, large chiefdoms, such as the Chumash, Pomo and Salinan.

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26. California State is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south.

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27. California State has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County; its largest county by area, San Bernardino County; and its second most densely populated city and fifth most densely populated county, San Francisco.

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