This historic month climaxes a long period of spectacular growth for California. The Golden State?
This historic month climaxes a long period of spectacular growth for California. The Golden State has just become the largest in the Union.
People have been coming for more than a hundred years and still they come -- more than a thousand a day -- to the Promised Land for millions of Americans.
Crossing the Sierra through beautiful Donner Pass, they see a state where scenery and climate are unrivaled in the western world--with a coastline extending more than a thousand miles along the Pacific.
With only two percent of the Nation's cultivated land, California's rich valleys lead all states in agricultural production. Her fertile farms produce one-quarter of America's vegetables, and her orchards grow one-third of the Nation's fruit.
From California's sun-drenched vineyards comes 80 percent of the country's wine, much of it rated by many gourmets as the equal of Europe's finer vintages.
Her huge livestock industry fattens cattle for the western markets. Dairying is a major industry, and this state leads all others in food processing. California's biggest cash crop--cotton--is grown on a scale unequaled even in the South.
Her fishing fleets bring in bountiful tonnages of tuna and other deep-sea fish.
The Golden State also is approaching the top rank in industry. Huge electronic complexes spring up near California's great cities. The giant aerospace industry alone employs nearly half a million people.
Family income is a healthy 23 percent above the national average. Commercial bank deposits are close to 25 billion dollars, and five of the Nation's twenty largest banks, including the world's largest, are located in California.
California research laboratories developed the first magnetic check-writing system, and its subsequent development now enables millions of checks to be processed by high-speed electronic equipment.
With a population on wheels, California leads the Nation with seven million cars and one million trucks-more than the total vehicle registrations for 21 other states.
Much of its population is on wings, too. Some 12 million passengers a year pass through the air terminals at Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In many areas, newcomers find a land of tall timber thousands of carloads of lumber going from trees to new tracts to house an ever-growing population.
California has more pools--and schools--public and private, than any other state and is first in the Nation in school enrollment. It spends more funds on public school education than 43 other states combined. Nearly half of the total U.S. enrollment in junior colleges is in California and the State has the highest percentage of college graduates.
California's sports clothes, and the girls who model them are famed the world over. Hollywood, of course, has long been the entertainment capital of the world.
Tourism is another major industry...more than 5 million visitors a year pour a billion dollars into the State's economy.
"California, now first in population, is becoming the leading state in the national economy. Our population has grown by 70 percent since 1950, compared to 12 percent for the Nation as a whole. It is expected to reach 17 and a half million by the end of this year. More than six-million are gainfully employed -- a 50 percent increase since 1950. California has the largest pool of skilled labour and much of the country's top talent in the new fields of space, rockets and missiles.
Fully a third of the Nation's architects are in California, reflecting our construction activity, and our state constitutes an estimated 10 percent of the U. S. market. But California is more than a set of statistics. It is a way of life. It is a preview of the future America. In developing this future, the bankers of California will be proud to do their part."