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Capital City: Sacramento

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Nickname: The Golden State
Motto: Eureka (I have found it)
Statehood: September 9, 1850 (31st)
Origin of State's Name: Named by the Spanish after Califia, a mythical paradise in a Spanish romance written by Montalvo in 1510.
Largest Cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach
Border States: Arizona, Nevada, Oregon
Land Area: 155,973 sq. mi.; 3rd largest
State Bird: California Valley Quail
State Flower: Golden Poppy (eschscholtzia californica)
State Tree: California redwood (sequoia sempervirens)
State Song: I Love You, California
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