California is located on the West Coast of the United States, bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and the Mexican State of Baja California to the south.

California is home to one out of eight Americans (38 million people), making it the most populous state in the Country while being the third largest state by area (after Alaska and Texas).

Official languageEnglish
Largest cityLos Angeles
Largest metroGreater Los Angeles Area
AreaRanked 3rd
 – Total163,696 sq mi
(423,970 km2)
 – Width250 miles (400 km)
 – Length770 miles (1,240 km)
 – % water4.7
 – Latitude32° 32′ N to 42° N
 – Longitude114° 8′ W to 124° 26′ W
PopulationRanked 1st
 – Total38,340,000 (2014 est)
 – Density246/sq mi  (95.0/km2)
Ranked 11th
 – Median household incomeUS$61,021 (9th)
 – Highest pointMount Whitney
14,505 ft (4,421.0 m)
 – Mean2,900 ft  (880 m)
 – Lowest pointBadwater Basin in Death Valley
−282 ft (−86.0 m)
Before statehoodCalifornia Republic
Admission to UnionSeptember 9, 1850 (31st)
Time zonesPacific Time Zone
 – Standard timePST (UTC−8)
 – Summer time (DST)PDT (UTC−7)
AbbreviationsCA, Calif., Cali., US-CA

The Local Realty’s California Community Guide offers in depth information on the various Counties, Cities, Communities and Neighborhoods in California.

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