California, the most populous state in the U.S., has its fair share of perks. In addition to its remarkably diverse landscape – including the Sierra Mountains, redwood forest, the Mojave desert, Central Valley, and pristine coastline, which afford residents nearly unparalleled outdoor opportunities — the state has one of the most robust economies in the world; in fact, it ranks sixth among all countries. Of course, Los Angeles is the epicenter of anything and everything film/TV, but many other sectors contribute to the state: international trade (LA also has the largest port in the country), tourism, agriculture (fruit, vegetables, dairy, wine, etc.), energy (both oil drilling and solar), healthcare, and education, among others. In total, California’s GDP amounts to $2.5 billion (2015), with over 3% growth, and an unemployment rate below 5%.
Of course, the end of the 20th century through today has signaled the state’s second major gold