California State Facts

Population (2010 Census)

2016 Estimate



Admitted to Union September 9, 1850
Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr (D) – 39th
State Nickname The Golden State
State Animal California Grizzly Bear (extinct since 1922, state animal since 1953)
State Bird California Valley Quail
State Flower California Poppy
State Motto Eureka! (I have found it!)
State Rock Serpentine
State Mineral Gold (technically a native element, not a mineral)
State Gemstone Benitoite
State Fossil Sabre Tooth Cat
State Song “I Love You, California” by F.B. Silverwood


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