California's Economy:

{Facts from the book: "California Facts and Symbols" by Emily McAuliffe.

Natural Resources in California include oil, fish, gold, and natural gas.

Manufactured Goods: aircraft, films, computers, newspapers, and food products.

Crops: farmers grow cotton, rice, grapes, almonds, oranges, strawberries, and walnuts.

  • California produces almost all of the worlds walnuts, prunes, pistachios, olives, nectarines, kiwi fruits, figs, dates, apricots, and almonds.

  • Florida produces more oranges than California but California still produces quite a lot.

  • Two most important vegetables grown in California are tomatoes and lettuce.


  • Disney Land is a very popular attraction in California. It has a lot of rides and places to eat for every person in the family.

  • Redwood National Park, which is near Crescent City in also a great place to visit. It opened in 1965. The tallest tree in the park is 385 feet tall and is over 600 years old. Visitors go there to fish, camp, picnic, swim, hike, and see giant redwood trees in the park.

  • Sea World is a park in San Diego. Visitors see shows and displays of ocean life. Popular shows feature killer whales. Trainers teach them tricks such as letting the trainer ride on the back of them and jump up and splash onlookers.

  • Alcatraz Island is in San Francisco Bay. Workers built a prison on the island in 1859. It had closed in 1963. They had called the prison "The Rock." Visitors tour it and learn about it's history.


  • Mining is a big part of California's history.

  • When the "Gold Rush" had began a ton of people from all over the world were trying to get to California some way.

  • So, the big thing to mine in California is Gold!

  • California is the leading state in the United States for mining because of having a variety of products to mine.

  • The number one product that is mined in California is oil.

  • All the Boron that is produced in the United States is found in California.

  • California is also the leading producer of diatomite, gravel and sand, and sodium compounds.

  • It is also among the top producers of gold, magnesium compounds, gypsum, molybdenum, perlite, potash, and pumice.

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