Stake Your Claim in California
Ever since prospectors struck gold near Sutter’s Mill in 1848, Americans have flocked to California for new opportunities. Today, the “Golden State” is home to 39.5 million people, which accounts for more than 10% of the entire population of the United States. Here are some of the reasons why so many Americans follow Horace Greeley’s proverbial mandate to “go west.”
Something for Everyone
California is an incredibly large state that takes up two-thirds of the West Coast of the United States. With so much territory inside its borders, California’s landscape offers nearly every type of terrain imaginable. Eastern deserts give way to miles of pristine beaches along the Pacific coast. Northern redwood forests grow up the sides of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which gradually descend into the vast farmland of the central valley. No matter if you’re looking for big city living, countryside isolation or a spot on the beach, no other state offers a more diverse lineup.
While California is home to dozens of different microclimates, you can generally count on the weather in each area to follow established patterns. If you’ve lived your entire life in a region that gets several feet of snow each year, southern cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego are where you can get your well-earned retirement from shoveling. Northern locales experience four distinct seasons, albeit in a different order than you might expect, as Mark Twain who famously quipped about the cold temperatures of a San Francisco summer.
The Forefront of Innovation
The gold rush might have put California on the map and it’s that same entrepreneurial spirit that keeps the state on the cutting edge of technological innovation. In the south, the motion picture industry keeps moviegoers enthralled by producing big-budget spectacles that push the envelope of technology. Farther north, Silicon Valley designs and perfects the new pieces of technology that will reshape the future. With so much work going on, there will always be job opportunities for those with the drive to create.
Take a look of a satellite photo of California and you’ll see a great green area in the middle of the state. This region, known as the Central Valley, is home to a thriving agricultural industry that’s responsible for growing 13% of all cash crops in the United States, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. California’s farmers also produce two-thirds of fruit and nuts for the entire country. Access to fresh produce is one of the reasons why California is known for its cuisine.