California is the most populous state in the country, located on the west coast of the USA. California has a population of 39,893,818, followed by Texas with 20,851,820, New York with 18,976,457 and Florida with 15,982,378 people, according to the 2019 census. The largest cities are respectively Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento (capital), Oakland and Fresno.