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How much do you know about California? Take our quiz.

There's California and then there's the rest of the United States. If you have Hollywood, the Golden Gate, earthquakes, volcanoes, Death Valley, and the Lakers, what else do you need? If you're a Californian, see how well you know your state. If you're not, see if you can pass yourself off as one.

2. What was the first capital of the state of California?

California became the 31st state of the Union in 1850, with its capital in San Jose. But the city was considered unsatisfactory. The legislature twice met in the Bay Area city of Vallejo (one week in 1852 and one month in 1853) before moving to another small Bay Area town, Benicia. The capital moved to its current location, Sacramento, in 1854.

California became the 31st state of the Union in 1850, with its capital in San Jose. But the city was considered unsatisfactory. The legislature twice met in the Bay Area city of Vallejo (one week in 1852 and one month in 1853) before moving to another small Bay Area town, Benicia. The capital moved to its current location, Sacramento, in 1854.

California became the 31st state of the Union in 1850, with its capital in San Jose. But the city was considered unsatisfactory. The legislature twice met in the Bay Area city of Vallejo (one week in 1852 and one month in 1853) before moving to another small Bay Area town, Benicia. The capital moved to its current location, Sacramento, in 1854.

California became the 31st state of the Union in 1850, with its capital in San Jose. But the city was considered unsatisfactory. The legislature twice met in the Bay Area city of Vallejo (one week in 1852 and one month in 1853) before moving to another small Bay Area town, Benicia. The capital moved to its current location, Sacramento, in 1854.

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San Jose

 

Benicia

 

San Francisco

 

Sacramento

 
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