California is the third largest state in area after Alaska and Texas. The discovery of gold and the immigration in 1849 of thousands of people in search of the precious metal helped California's admission into the U.S.A. in 1850. Today, California has the highest population of any state in the nation and is America's main agricultural state. It is also the home of Hollywood, the center of America's movie and television industry. Its capital is Sacramento and the state flower is the golden poppy.