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Golden State - the Pacific part of the USA


abbreviation State surface Residents Capital biggest town Country Tourism info
CA 9.9.1850
(31st state)
411,869 sq km
(~ Sweden)
36.553.215 Sacramentolos Angeles

Brief description

California is one of the main destinations when Germans travel to the United States. The state is big, even by American standards. And it is also quite densely populated, at least in the area between San Francisco and San Diego.

California offers a lot to the visitor: a lot of nature, from the redwood forests in the north to the Yosemite and Sequoia national parks to the barren desert landscapes in the south.

The climate is mild and balanced all year round. In winter there is snow on the mountains - you can ski about 50 km east of Los Angeles in a very snow-reliable area - overall, frost is rather unusual. The summers are mild, but neither hot nor humid.

The climate makes city tours pleasant: San Francisco - a myth, Los Angeles - a juggernaut (but the place of Hollywood and Disney), San Diego - it never rains in Southern California and others.

In between holiday areas, areas to relax. Hiking, wildlife watching and fishing in the north, the magic of Lake Tahoe in the middle of the western Rockies and the sunny and sometimes sophisticated coastal towns between Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as the coast north of San Francisco (cold water) and Santa Catalina Island as a secret type.

California has history - long before the first gold was found and the gringos came - and you can feel it: Russian traces in the north, a lot of Spanish from the late 18th and early 19th centuries (21 missions alone have survived to this day). They are not as easy to access as Disneyland, but they are worth it.

The Golden State - not just because of the gold discoveries. Silicon Valley, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Ventura, Stanford and Berkley are synonyms for the modern way of gold mining - virtually.

Data & facts

Time zone: Pacific time
Climate: moderate temperatures and rain along the coast; extreme inland weather
Population density: 88.75 inhabitants / square km
Growth of population: 7,9 % (2000-2007)
geographical information: highest point: Mount Whitney in Inyo-Tulare County (4,940 m, highest point in the continental USA)
lowest point: Death Valley in Inyo County (-96 m, lowest point in the western hemisphere)
Coastline: 1,352 km
agricultural products: Milk and cream, grapes, cotton, flowers, oranges, rice, nursery products, hay, tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries, almonds, asparagus
wooded area: 43,4 %
Annual income (2007): Average: $ 41,571
Unemployment rate (2007): 5,4 %
Poverty Rate (2007): 12,5 %
state tax: 7¼%, plus local tax between 1¼ and 2¾%
Neighbore states: Arizona, Nevada, Oregon

tourist information

intercontinental airports: Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO)
Interstates: 5 (813 m), 8 (172 m), 10 (244 m), 15 (292 m), 40 (151 m), 80 (208 m)
110 (LA, 25m), 205 (Tracy, 14m), 210 (Pasadena, 49m), 215 (Riverside, 55m), 280 (Bay Area, 60m), 405 (LA, 56m), 505 (Winters, 33 m), 580 (Bay Area, 82 m), 605 (LA, 25 m), 680 (Bay Area, 71 m), 710 (LA, 29 m), 780 (Vallejo, 7 m), 805 (San Diego, 31 m), 880 (Bay Area, 46 m)
Top speed: 70 miles / hour (interstates and intersection-free highways)
65 miles / hour (urban interstates and other roads)
other traffic rules: Belt and helmet compulsory
Restraint system for children under 6 years of age or less than 60 am. Pounds in weight
there is also an idiosyncratic law:
Women are not allowed to drive a vehicle in their dressing gown
Spend the night on the roadside: only at rest areas
additional Information: current weather
Link collection to California