Entered the Union: September 9, 1850
As the: 31st state
Motto: Eureka (I Have Found It)
Nicknames: The Golden State
Flower: Golden Poppy
Bird: California Valley Quail
Song: "I Love You, California"
Sports Teams: Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants (Baseball); Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Sacramento Kings (Men's Basketball); San Jose Raiders (Women's Basketball); Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and San Francisco 49ers (Football); Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks (Hockey)
Origin of Name: From the name of a fictional earthly paradise in a book called Las Sergas de Esplanidian, written by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo around 1500
Major Industries: Manufacturing, Agriculture, Biotechnology
Historical Sites: Sutter's Mill, where gold was first discovered in California in 1848
Points of Interest: Disneyland (Walt Disney's original theme park), the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay, Hollywood, Sequoia National Park
Bordering States: Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona. California also borders Mexico.