Sure, there’s a lot of hype about the Golden State. But being home to Hollywood, Disneyland and 840 miles of gorgeous coastline lends it plenty of glamor. But it isn’t all hype — there are several ways in which the state of California manages to surpass other states, and even some other countries around the world.
- The largest living tree, named General Sherman, is located in Sequoia National Park. It is 25 feet in diameter and is about 2,500 years old.
- The world’s tallest tree, named Hyperion, is 379 feet tall and can be found in Redwood National Park.
- Methuselah, the world’s oldest, continuously standing tree, is about 4,650 years old. It is a bristlecone pine in California’s White Mountains.
- More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state.
- California is not only the largest agricultural state, and the largest dairy state (passing Wisconsin in 1993), it is the largest producer of goods of any kind.
- California has the largest economy in the United States. The city of Los Angeles alone is ranked fourth largest when comparing it to the economies of other states. If you measured California’s economy against other countries, it would rank as the 7th-largest economy in the world.
- The California Gold Rush sparked the greatest mass migration in history. Between 1848 and 1852, California’s population grew from about 14,000 to more than 223,000 people.
- The largest gold nugget ever found was discovered in 1854 at Carson Hill, California. It weighed 195 pounds.
- 134° Fahrenheit, the hottest temperature ever recorded, occurred at the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California, on July 10, 1913.
- California is the most populous state in the nation. In fact, one out of every eight Americans is from California.
These are only a few, fun facts that make California an amazing place to live or visit. Visit our California land for sale and own your own little piece of the Golden State.