California is the 31st state of the United States, admitted into the union in the year 1850. It is the 3rd largest of all the 50 states in terms of area, and the largest of the mainland pacific region. It is the largest state in terms of population. As a state that is the hub of several major industries (including, but not limited to Silicon Valley and Hollywood), California has some of the highest population densities - and therefore a large share of incidents requiring legal action. Not only does California lead in terms of serious offences, it also has high levels of organized crime, terrorism and gang activity.