8 FUN FACTS ABOUT CALIFORNIA

California is the largest state in the US by population and the third largest by area.

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Population - over 39 million Area - 423,970 km²

Capital - Sacramento (Population - about 525,000)

California became the 31st US state in 1850.

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California has hosted the Olympic games thrice - twice in Los Angeles and once in Squaw Valley. In 2028 the state will once again host the Olympics in Los Angeles.

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California has the highest GDP among all US states.

3 among the top 10 largest cities in the US are in California- Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose.

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The Death Valley in California is often termed as the "hottest place in the world". The temperatures there regularly cross the 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) mark in the summers.

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The General Sherman tree is a giant sequoia tree (giant redwood tree) in Sequoia National Park of California. This 2,300–2,700 years old tree has a height of about 84 meters and a base diameter of about 11 meters.

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