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Stock modern unique images of California that can be downloaded in high resolution with a single password. Image licences can be purchased for editorial or commercial use. Every image is hand-selected with editorial and commercial photos that tell a story on the page. California is richest and most populous of the 50 US states. It has 12% (33 million) of the US population, and is responsible for 14% ($1.4 trillion) of the US GDP, a figure exceeded only by four countries in the world. The third largest of the states, it boasts an extraordinarily varied geography. There are more than 850 miles of dramatic coastline, unique forests featuring the largest, tallest, and oldest trees in the world, semi-dormant volcanoes, endless mountain ranges comprising Mt. Whitney, the highest point (4418 meters/14,495 feet) in the Lower 48, and wide deserts including the lowest point (86m/282 feet) in the western Hemisphere. The vast wilderness areas, some of which nearly the size of some Eastern states, contrast with two of the most sophisticated metropolitan areas of the world, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is the most populous U.S. state, home to one out of eight people who live in the U.S., with a total of 38 million people, and it is the third largest state by area (after Alaska and Texas). California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south. It is home to the nation's second and fifth most populous census statistical areas (Greater Los Angeles Area and San Francisco Bay Area, respectively), and eight of the nation's 50 most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Oakland).[12] Sacramento is the state capital, and has been since 1854. What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. It was then claimed by the Spanish Empire as part of Alta California in the larger territory of New Spain. Alta California became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence, but would later be ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican-American War. The western portion of Alta California was soon organized as the State of California, which was admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic change, with large-scale immigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom. California's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada in the east – from the RedwoodDouglas fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states (after Alaska and Florida). Earthquakes are a common occurrence because of the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually, but most are too small to feel. At least half of the fruit produced in the United States is now cultivated in California, and the state also leads in the production of vegetables. Other important contributors to the state's economy include aerospace, education, manufacturing, and high-tech industry. If it were a country, California would be the 8th or 9th largest economy in the world and the 34th most populous.

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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:United States of America
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