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Links to Southern California Cities

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Anaheim    Arcadia   Artesia   Bell   Bellflower   Bell Gardens   

Blythe   Carson   Cerritos   Compton   Cypress   Downey   Duarte   

El Monte   El Segundo   Fullerton   Gardena   Hawaiian Gardens   

Hawthorne   Hermosa Beach   Huntington Beach   Huntington Park   

Irwindale   Lakewood   La Mirada   La Puente   Lawndale   Lomita   

Long Beach   Los Alamitos   Lynwood   Manhattan Beach   Maywood   

Montebello   Norco   Norwalk   Paramount   Pico Rivera   Redondo Beach  

Santa Fe Springs   Signal Hill   South Gate   Torrance   West Covina   

Whittier

Other helpful links:

California Healthy Families Program
http://www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov/Home/default.aspx

State of California
http://ca.gov

California Medicare Plan Locator
https://www.ehealthmedicare.com/california-medicare-plans

California Family Resource Association
http://californiafamilyresource.org/

California is the most populous state in the United States, located in the Far West; bordered by Oregon (N), Nevada and, across the Colorado River, Arizona (E), Mexico (S), and the Pacific Ocean (W).

Area, 158,693 sq mi (411,015 sq km).
Pop. (2010) 37,253,959 (United States Census)

Capital, Sacramento.
Largest city, Los Angeles
Nickname, Golden State.
Motto, Eureka [I Have Found It].
State bird, California valley quail.
State flower, golden poppy.
State tree, California redwood

Ranking third among the U.S. states in area, California has a diverse topography and climate. A series of low mountains known as the Coast Ranges extends along the 1,200-mi (1,930-km) coast. The region from Point Arena, N of San Francisco, to the southern part of the state is subject to tremors and sometimes to severe earthquakes caused by tectonic stress along the San Andreas Fault. The Coast Ranges receive heavy rainfall in the north, where the giant cathedrallike redwood forests prevail, but the climate of these mountains is considerably drier in S California, and S of the Golden Gate no major rivers reach the ocean. Behind the coastal ranges in central California lies the great Central Valley , a long alluvial valley drained by the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. In the southeast lie vast wastelands, notably the Mojave Desert, site of Joshua Tree National Park. 

Rising as an almost impenetrable granite barrier E of the Central Valley is the Sierra Nevada range, which includes Mt. Whitney , Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Yosemite National Park. The Cascade Range , the northern continuation of the Sierra Nevada, includes Lassen Volcanic National Park . Lying E of the S Sierra Nevada is Death Valley National Park.
California has an enormously productive economy, which for a nation would be one of the ten largest in the world. Although agriculture is gradually yielding to industry as the core of the state's economy, California leads the nation in the production of fruits and vegetables, including carrots, lettuce, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, and almonds. The state's most valuable crops are grapes, cotton, flowers, and oranges; dairy products, however, contribute the single largest share of farm income, and California is again the national leader in this sector. The state also produces the major share of U.S. domestic wine.

California's farms are highly productive as a result of good soil, a long growing season, and the use of modern agricultural methods. Irrigation is critical, especially in the San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley. The gathering and packing of crops is done largely by seasonal migrant labor, primarily Mexicans. Fishing is another important industry.

California continues to be a major U.S. center for motion-picture, television film, and related entertainment industries, especially in Hollywood and Burbank. Tourism also is an important source of income. Disneyland, Sea World, and other theme parks draw millions of visitors each year, as do San Francisco with its numerous attractions.

 

*Information from Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition and United States census

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