The nation’s heartthrob, California is the most populous and the third largest state by area in the United States. 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. California is divided into counties, and at present there are 58 counties. When the division of areas into counties started in 18 February 1850, there existed 27 counties. 20 counties were added within the year 1865, and by the turn of the century 10 more came into existence. The last county, Imperial County was born in the year 1907, and since then no new addition of counties took place.
|List of California Counties|
Out of the 58 counties the most prominent and popular ones are :
Los Angeles County : With a population of 9,818,605, Los Angeles County is termed as the most populous county in the United States. There are 88 incorporated cities, out of which Los Angeles city is the largest in California and the second largest city in the United States. Los Angeles County is also home to two offshore and famous islands, Santa Catalina Island and San Clemente Island. Apart from being the center of some of the most popular colleges and universities like University of California-Los Angeles, the County outshines in attractive tourist destinations. It is the abode of the world famous Hollywood walk of fame, and the Universal Studio. In addition, Los Angeles County is famous for the annual Rose Parade, the Los Angeles County Fair, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the La Brea Tar Pits, and the sprawling beaches spanning from Zuma to Cabrillo.
San Diego County : As per the population estimate of 2010, San Diego County has a population of 3,095,313 people. This makes it the second most populous county in California, and the fifth most populous county in the United States. The county’s main attraction is the 70 mile coastline, and amusement parks like SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland California. In addition, the San Diego County is known to be a shopper’s paradise and tourist flock to the Horton Plaza, Seaport Village, Westfield UTC and Fashion Valley Mall for shopping. It is also home to numerous museums, historical places and 16 military and naval installations of the US Navy, the US Coast Guard and the US Marine Corps. It is also the headquarters of the US Navy’s Eleventh Naval District.
Orange County : It is the third most populous county in California, with a population of 3,010,232, and the sixth most populous county in the United States, as per the 2009 census. By area, Orange County is the smallest county in Southern California. It is highly developed in terms of tourism, as is houses the famous Disneyland the most frequented theme park in the world. It also prides itself of possessing the Knotts Berry Farm, the Huntington Beach and the Anaheim Convention Center. The Knotts Berry Farm alone attracts above seven million visitors per year.
San Francisco County : Known for being the only consolidated city-county in the state of California, the San Francisco County is a major cultural and financial hub of Northern California. While San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California, it is the second-most densely populated major city in the United States after New York. It is home to the University of California-San Francisco, famous for its education in biomedical and health sciences. It is supposed to be one of the top-five medical schools in the United States. The Golden Gate Bridge needs no elaborate description as one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. It draws over 13 million visitors every year.
Riverside County : It has a population of 2,189,641, according to 2010 estimates, making it the fourth-most populous county in California. It has been declared as one of the fastest growing areas of the United States. Though it is mostly a desert region, yet the place is dotted with numerous tourist attractions. A major portion of the world famous Joshua Tree National Park is located within the Riverside County. It is also an important hub for education and houses a number of universities and colleges.
Santa Clara County : The County Seat of Santa Clara County is San Jose. It is the proud possessor of the world famous Silicon Valley, one of the most urbanized areas. It is rightly declared as the most prosperous counties in the United States. The county is very much advanced in terms of its technology, and was stated to be the highest acting metropolitan area in the US in the year 2012.