California also known as Golden State is located on the West Coast of the USA, along the Pacific Ocean. It is the third largest state by land area (160,000 square miles) after Alaska and Texas and also the largest state by population in the United States with over 33 million residents. The eight of the top 50 U.S. populated cities are in California. Los Angeles is the nation's second largest populated city, followed by San Diego. California is known as one of the richest places on earth, it ranks amongst the ten largest economies in the world. The state offers something for every age; Disneyland, Hollywood, beautiful beaches, vineyards, national parks, incredible skiing opportunities, and quiet northern forests. So if you are moving to California, you will not be disappointed. California is also a very diverse state with many ethnic groups. California's capital is Sacramento.
The name California is believed to have derived from peopled by black Amazons and ruled by Queen Califia. The kingdom said to be a remote land inhabited by griffins and rich in gold. California was home to different tribal groups prior to the arrival of Europeans explorers in the 15th century. The Spanish Empire was the first to settle in California and established twenty one missions in the state. Many of those missions survive till nowadays. In 1848 after the large discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the state's population rises from 15,000 to 300,000 within two years. On September 9, 1850 California became the 31st state admitted to the United States.
California varies greatly, ranging from the forested northern areas to the rugged interior mountains to the southern desert. Sandwiched in the center of the state is the fertile Central Valley, home to a massive amount of agriculture. California contains extremes in elevation, the Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet being the tallest mountain in the contiguous 48 states, while less than 200 miles away at 282 feet below sea level is North America's lowest point. 45% of the California's total surface area is covered by forests. The Sacramento River and the San Joaquin River are the two most prominent rivers in California.
Leading industries include agriculture, tourism, biotechnology, manufacturing (transportation equipment, machinery, and electronic equipment), and aerospace-defense. Principal natural resources include timber, natural gas, petroleum and cement.Quick Facts
Local moving companies and professional movers in California cities
|Alameda Alhambra Anaheim Antioch Azusa Bakersfield Baldwin Park Bell Bellflower Canyon Country Carmichael Carson Cerritos Chino Chino Hills Chula Vista Colton Compton Corona Costa Mesa Cupertino Daly City Davis El Cajon El Monte Fairfield Folsom||Fontana Fountain Valley Fremont Fresno Garden Grove Hacienda Heights Hanford Hawthorne Hayward Hesperia Huntington Beach Huntington Park Indio La Habra La Puente Laguna Niguel Lake Forest Lancaster Livermore Lompoc Long Beach Los Angeles Lynwood Merced Milpitas Modesto Montebello||Moreno Valley Napa National City North Hills North Hollywood Norwalk Oakland Oceanside Ontario Oxnard Pacoima Palmdale Panorama City Paramount Pico Rivera Pittsburg Pomona Porterville Rancho Cucamonga Reseda Rialto Riverside Rosemead Sacramento Salinas San Bernardino San Diego||San Francisco San Jose San Marcos San Pablo San Pedro Santa Ana Santa Clara Santee Simi Valley South Gate South San Francisco Spring Valley Sunnyvale Sylmar Tracy Tulare Tustin Union City Vacaville Vallejo Van Nuys Victorville Vista Watsonville Westminster Wilmington|
California local movers by county
|Alameda Alpine Amador Butte Calaveras Colusa Contra Costa El Dorado Fresno Glenn Imperial Inyo||Kern Kings Lake Los Angeles Madera Marin Mariposa Mendocino Merced Mono Monterey Napa||Nevada Orange Placer Riverside Sacramento San Benito San Bernardino San Diego San Francisco San Joaquin San Mateo Santa Barbara||Santa Clara Santa Cruz Solano Sonoma Stanislaus Sutter Tulare Tuolumne Ventura Yolo Yuba|