J. Guinn Entertainment, Inc. Presents "California"

California, the most populous state in the nation, is home to Hollywood's stars, Silicon Valley's technology, Napa Valley's wines and ancient Redwood and Sequoia forests. The Golden State also is one of the country's wealthiest and most socially and politically influential, and has been since it became a state nearly 170 years ago.

Mexico ceded California to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican-American War, and it was officially annexed as a free, non-slave state in the Compromise of 1850.

During the California Gold Rush from 1848 to 1858, about 300,000 people flocked to the Western state to try to strike it rich in the mines. California's shipping, agriculture, construction and transportation industries boomed as the state became a land of economic opportunity for settlers.

While the Gold Rush resulted in unprecedented population and economic growth – it remains the largest mass migration in U.S. history – it also forced out Native Americans and foreigners once gold became harder to find. After the Gold Rush ended, businesses that grew to serve miners remained behind, contributing to California's expansive economy.

While California's economy is now the largest in the U.S., the state's high cost of living may deter some from settling there. San Jose and San Francisco rank among the top 20 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live. Yet they are also among the most expensive for housing. California has four of the country's top 10 cities with the highest cost of living, while the state's median household income, $67,739 in 2016, was marginally higher than the national average of $57,617.





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