Besides tourism (along with a still-booming entertainment industry centered around Hollywood) other major industries include aerospace and petroleum, computer and information technology, with Mountain View in northern California the world headquarters for search giant Google.
Demographics : (California Census Data)
Major cities: Sacramento (capital) Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco
Population : 36,457,549
White : 77%
Hispanic : 35.2%
Black, African American : 6.7%
High school graduates : 76.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 26.6%
Average household income: $49,894
Personal income taxes: California's six state income tax rates range from 1 percent to 9.3 percent depending upon the amount earned and filing status. Residents must complete returns on Form 540EZ, Form 540A (short form), Form 540 (long form) or Form 540-ADS by April 15.
California has a sales tax of 7.25%, which can total up to 9.75% with local sales tax included. In part, this rate compensates for the much reduced property tax revenue brought on by Proposition 13. Sales and use taxes in the state of California are collected by the Board of Equalization, whereas income and franchise taxes are collected by the Franchise Tax Board.
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow
- California Real Estate Home ownership rate : 56.9%
Average home price: $511,013
Average travel time to work : 27 minutes
Weather : Due to its sheer size and geography, California climate varies from mountain cold to desert heat, although main
coastal areas are typically described as Mediterranean with cool, rainy winters and dry summers. Further inland, expect colder winters and hotter summers. Like its neighbor, Oregon, northern California experiences lower temperatures and higher annual rainfall. Further south and east, the highest temperature ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere was in California's Death Valley, which reached a high of 134 °F (56.6 °C) on July 10, 1913.
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