About California County Map
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The state of California is divided in two regions: Southern California with ten counties and Northern California with 48 counties; coming to a total of 58 counties.
The ten counties of the south are: Imperial County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Kern County, Riverside County and San Luis Obispo County.
On the other side, the 48 counties in the north by alphabetic order are: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte County, El Dorado, Fresno County, Glenn County, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake County, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono County, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo and finally, Yuba County.
County SeatsFor each county there is a county seat which is the local government. The county seat is in charge of the general administration of the county and the duties goes from tax recollection, public health, law enforcement and social services, between many other responsibilities.
Major Counties and what they are famous forThe counties that stand out the most in California are San Bernardino County, the largest county not only in the state, but in the entire US; and the very famous Los Angeles County, which is the most populous also in the whole country.
Both the counties are located in the Southern California; if you are interested in visiting them, you'll find plenty of places of interest.
In the case of San Bernardino County, you should know that the population here is also wide. With 2,035,210 habitants, it comes up to be the fifth most populous in the state. But you can move comfortably since the county has an extension of 20,105 square miles.
There are many places of interest to visit such as the Joshua Tree National Park. This park is composed by parts of two deserts: the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. If you want to do some hiking, climbing, camping, or bird sightings of the over 250 species that live in the park, this is a great spot for adventure and outdoors activities.
Los Angeles County, on the other hand, is very well known for the City of Los Angeles (L.A.). Forget nature and live the experience of one of the most alive cities in the world located in a county with a population of more than 10 million people. Almost half of them living in the city alone, coming to a total of 4 million citizens.
County SizesWe talked about the big, but when it comes to California you'll actually never find anything small. Even the county with the smallest area has a huge heart. And that is the City and County of San Francisco. Even with an area of 47.9 square miles, this is the home to a population of over 800-thousand people. San Francisco is the second most densely populated city in the United States, coming second after New York City.
Places to Visit and Things To DoYou can have the time of your life in the Disney California Adventure Park. Perfect place for a family trip, visitors can have a blast with the attractions and live the magic of Disney – giving your kids, if you have any, a memory for life.
Get blown away by the magnificent views of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, or enjoy the beauty of nature in the Yosemite Valley. Get to know the San Francisco Bay and go visit your dream stars at the Universal Studios in Hollywood.
History, Geography and EconomyThe state of California is one of the most known in the world mainly because of its points of interest and famous cities. Within all the US states, this is the most populated and has the third largest area. In it's limits, it is surrounded by Oregon on the North, Arizona on the southeast, Nevada on the East and the Mexican state of Baja, California, on the South.
The division of the state into counties began in 1850 when it was only composed by 27 counties. In 1865, 20 more counties were added and by the end of the century came other 10. The last one counted was Imperial County which was established in 1907. The latest counts established that the population of the state of California is about 39,144,818 people.
The economy of California is one of the most relevant in the world and compared to the importance of many countries. The gross state product (GSP) is about $2.514 trillion, the largest in the United States. California is responsible for 13.9 percent of the United States gross domestic product (GDP).
The employment in California is mainly focused on trade, financial services, transportation, education and health, government and manufacturing. The unemployment rate is of 5.5% of the population.
National ParksThe National Parks in California are not only known for their amazing landscapes and outdoor activity possibilities, but also as national symbols of the US.
There are 13 National Parks in California you can choose to visit:
Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP), Whiskeytown–Shasta–Trinity National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park and Channel Islands National Park.
List California Counties and County Seats
|County Name||County Seat||Area (sq. mi.)||Established in Year||Formed from||Population (Jul 1, 2013)|
|Alameda County||Oakland||737.57||1853||Contra Costa and Santa Clara||1,578,891|
|Alpine County||Markleeville||738.62||1,864||Amador, El Dorado, Calaveras, Mono and Tuolumne||1159|
|Calaveras County||San Andreas||1020.04||1850||Original||44515|
|Contra Costa County||Martinez||719.95||1850||Original||1,094,205|
|Del Norte County||Crescent City||1007.81||1857||Klamath||27,873|
|El Dorado County||Placerville||1710.85||1,850||Original||181,737|
|Fresno County||Fresno||5962.73||1856||Mariposa, Merced and Tulare||955272|
|Imperial County||El Centro||4174.73||1907||San Diego||176,584|
|Inyo County||Independence||10203.1||1,866||Mono and Tulare||18,467|
|Kern County||Bakersfield||8140.96||1866||Los Angeles and Tulare||864124|
|Lassen County||Susanville||4557.27||1864||Plumas and Shasta, and now defunctLake County, Nevada||32163|
|Los Angeles County||Los Angeles||4060.87||1850||Original||10017068|
|Marin County||San Rafael||519.8||1850||Original||258365|
|Mono County||Bridgeport||3044.4||1861||Calaveras, Fresno and Mariposa||14,074|
|Nevada County||Nevada City||957.61||1851||Yuba||98,200|
|Orange County||Santa Ana||789.4||1889||Los Angeles||3,114,363|
|Placer County||Auburn||1404.37||1851||Sutter and Yuba||367,309|
|Riverside County||Riverside||7207.37||1893||San Bernardino and San Diego||2,292,507|
|San Benito County||Hollister||1389.06||1874||Monterey||57,600|
|San Bernardino County||San Bernardino||20052.5||1853||Los Angeles||2,088,371|
|San Diego County||San Diego||4199.89||1850||Original||3,211,252|
|San Francisco County||San Francisco||46.69||1850||Original||837,442|
|San Joaquin County||Stockton||1399.28||1850||Original||704,379|
|San Luis Obispo County||San Luis Obispo||3304.32||1850||Original||276,443|
|San Mateo County||Redwood City||449.07||1856||San Francisco and Santa Cruz||747,373|
|Santa Barbara County||Santa Barbara||2737.01||1850||Original||435,697|
|Santa Clara County||San Jose||1290.69||1850||Original||1,862,041|
|Santa Cruz County||Santa Cruz||445.24||1850||Original||269,419|
|Siskiyou County||Yreka||6286.78||1852||Shasta and Klamath||43,799|
|Sonoma County||Santa Rosa||1575.88||1850||Original||495,025|
|Sutter County||Yuba City||602.54||1850||Original||95,350|
|Tehama County||Red Bluff||2950.99||1856||Butte, Colusa and Shasta||63,057|
|Ventura County||Ventura||1845.3||1872||Santa Barbara||839,620|
Last Updated Date: January 31, 2017