On September 9, 2014, President Barack Obama annexed “NorCal” and admitted it as the 51st state of the United States of America. Former Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome was named the 1st Governor of NorCal.
At it's original population of 40.1 million people (most of any state) and land area of 165,000 square feet (3rd largest in U.S.), California was the largest state in the United States of America. As a result, Californians wanted to divide Northern California from the rest of state to resolve their differences and fulfill their special interests. As the petition for the annexation passed both houses of the U.S. Congress, the name for the state of northern California eventually became “NorCal.”
Geography and ClimateEdit
NorCal stretches south from Monterey County to up north near the Oregon border. Climate is mildly cold especially near the coast where weather dips around 70 degrees in the winter, while it hits up to 85 degrees in the summer.
NorCal is divided into 4 regions; Eureka, Sacramento, Bay Area and Monterey. Each area is number one in producing for their industrial fields and not only does it help the state garner income, but the country as well.Eureka is know for its mountains used to harvest marijuana and rivers hidden with gold. While Sacramento is home to the state capital and much of the state's government offices. And the Bay Area is where all the technology is innovated and home to many landmarks that tourists visit. Lastly, Monterey produces over 85% of the country's fresh produce (fruits, vegetables).
NorCal's population has an estimated 15.5 million people, with a majority of them living in the Bay Area. According to the U.S. Racial Makeup Bureau in 2014: White: 14.28%, Black or African American: 14.28%, Asian: 14.28%, Hispanic or Latino: 14.28%, Native American: 14.28%, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 14.28%, Multiracial: 14.28%With a melting pot of different backgrounds, this makes NorCal the most racially diverse state in the country.
NorCal has it's own unique culture that has helped separate itself from it's southern California counter part. Specifically with how they speak, words like “hella,” “hecka” and “tight” were invented here and are commonly used in conversations. Sports are also a big part of the culture here as a majority of the people are fans of the successful San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks
- Ken David