California is a state of national proportions. With more than 37 million people, California has a population that is larger than Canada's, a landmass larger than that either France or Spain, and a Gross State product valued at around $1.9 trillion, which would make it the 8th largest economy in the world if California were ranked among sovereign states by GDP. California is a state of marked contrasts: it is home to lush redwood forests and vast deserts, areas of fabulous wealth and deep stubborn poverty, and some of America's most liberal and most conservative political personalities.
National and State Statistics Sources
- U.S. Census Bureau is our principal national source for information about America's population, searchable by state
- California Department of Finance publishes the state's annual Statistical Abstract, an overview of economic and social data at the state level
- California Secretary of State keeps records of voter registration and participation in California
Progress Topic In California
- A Portrait of California by Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis was released in May 2011. This detailed report examines the distribution of opportunity and well-being in California using the American Human Development Index. It is the third in a series of state portraits by the Measure of America, an initiative of the Social Science Research Council.
- ↑ California State Statistical Abstract, 2008 (http://www.dof.ca.gov/HTML/FS_DATA/STAT-ABS/documents/CaliforniaStatisticalAbstract2008.pdf) and The Economist Pocket World in Figures, 2010 Edition