The state of California is located on the West coast of America and it is the USA's most populous state by far. Sacramento is the state capital, while Los Angeles is the biggest city in California. The estimated population calculated in the year 2021 in California is around 39.5 million. Most of California sees a Mediterranean climate boasting cool, dry summers and rainy winters. Northwestern California sees a temperate climate while the state's eastern side has mountains that create a rain shadow leading to expansive deserts.
California is one of the largest world economies and is also a global epicenter for sectors like information, entertainment, technology, and education. Nationally, the state is also a huge contributor to the aerospace, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors. A lot of students from countries like Japan, South Korea, India, Canada, China, etc., choose California for their studies, and this state is one of the most active states that welcomes international students. The University of California and Stanford University are two of the most cherished and recognized institutions not just in the state but also across the country.
Here are the top four major cities in the state of California.
Los Angeles is the largest city in California that was established in the year 1850. With a favorable climate and numerous tourist attractions, it is not surprising how it attracts so many visitors to the city. Los Angeles is also famous for being culturally diverse. Entertainment, tourism, fashion, trade, and technology are some of the leading sectors of the city that contributes to the economy. Major universities like the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and California State University are placed in this city. Popular destinations include Disneyland, Universal Studios, California Science Center, Venice Beach, Hollywood, and so on.
With its pleasant, Mediterranean climate, beautiful sandy beaches, and a multitude of tourist destinations, San Diego is rightly nicknamed as “America's Finest City”. The city was established in the year 1885 and is the second-largest city in California. The city got its name from San Diego Bay. Apart from the idyllic beaches of the city, major tourist attractions include Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego Museum of Art, and many more.
San Jose is the third-largest city in the state and is widely known for its high cost of living. It is one of the oldest places in California and was incorporated as a city in the year 1850. It is the epicenter of Silicon Valley, making the city a major technological hub. Major companies like Adobe Systems, BEA Systems, Cisco, Samsung, and eBay have their headquarters placed in this city. Popular places to visit include Winchester Mystery House, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Municipal Rose Garden, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose Museum of Art, Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, Tech Museum of Innovation, Los Gatos Creek Trail, etc.
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the many reasons why California is known as the 'Golden State', and this is situated in the city of San Francisco. It was founded in the year 1776 and is the fourth-largest city in California. It is a major cultural and economic hub and is known for many famous restaurants and tourist destinations. Though culturally diverse, the city has a highly prominent Mexican touch to it. Apart from the Golden Gate Bridge, major attractions in this city are Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Palace of Fine Arts, California Academy of Sciences, etc.
Considering the high cost of living in this state, it is understandable how affording quality education in a reputed institute can be difficult. This is why the state, as well as the universities/colleges, offer a wide range of scholarship programs and grants to assist the students to pursue and fulfill their educational goals. These are made available to the students based on several categorical requirements such as academic merit and monetary needs, residency, gender, ethnicity, and so on. To assess the eligibility of students for such scholarships, students are to fill up forms through the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Some students, who come to California for studies tend to have the assumption that additional money or financial assistance/aid/part-time employment etc. will be easily available if they do not have enough money with them to survive the whole course. Thus, every year a lot of students end up finding themselves in grave financial difficulties because they don't come to the state with adequate support or finances. It is advisable that students ensure that they are financially secure, and stay updated regarding loans, scholarships, and grants.
It is worth thinking about how and why California got a nickname like 'The Golden State'. Popular reasons include the discovery of gold in the past, the incredible view of the sunset with its golden hue (especially prominent on the beaches), the famous Golden Gate Bridge, Golden-colored fishes, golden poppies, etc. It is also known as the land of milk and honey because of how much it resembles paradise on earth. With its amazing beaches, parks, hot springs, wineries, the state undoubtedly has so much beauty and abundance to offer. This is reason enough for being tempted to explore California at least once in a lifetime. After experiencing the joy of visiting outstanding destinations like Disneyland, Sonoma Valley, Hollywood, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, and Lake Tahoe, no one can go back home disappointed. Popular delicacies one must try on visiting the state are the Uramaki Sushi Roll, Mission burrito, Oysters, BBQ, and a lot more.