California State Government


California is truly a magical place. So magical in fact, it’s named after a fictional world invented by the author Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo, which Spanish explorers adopted when setting foot on the gold coast.

Capital: Sacramento

Largest Cities: Bakersfield, Eureka, Fresno, Los Angeles, Monterey, Oakland, Pasadena, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose

Present Constitution Drafted: 1879

Entered Union: September 9, 1850 (31)

Motto: “Eureka (I have found it)”

State Flower: Golden Poppy

State Tree: California Redwood

State Bird: California Valley Quail

State Dog: Not Specified

State Insect: California Dogface Butterfly

State Song: “I Love You, California”

Nickname: Golden State