The Legislative Analyst’s Office has opened up its vault of data and information with its Cal Facts report accompanying it this year with the introduction of an on-going blog to add to and enhance the information.

To kick off awareness of this great resource Fox and Hounds decided to put together a short quiz to challenge your knowledge of facts about the Golden State’s economy and programs. Answers are below or you can check out the answers in the full Cal Facts report.

1. California’s gross domestic product (GDP)—the value of goods and services produced here—totaled $2.2 trillion in 2013. With 34 percent of the population, the Los Angeles/Orange County region produces 36 percent of California’s economic output. With 17 percent of the population, the Bay Area produces what percentage of the state’s output?

a) 14 percent b) 17 percent c) 25 percent d) 31 percent

2. Sectors of the economy in which California has a larger share of jobs than other states.

a) manufacturing b) local government c) transportation and utilities d) state government

3. California’s top farm commodity is:

a) grapes b) almonds c) milk d) strawberries

4. California’s Fastest Growing Age Group by Percentage

a) 65-74 b) 18-24 c) 75+ d) 25-44

5. Of the state’s $108 billion General Fund budget, how much goes to education—school districts, community colleges and universities?

a) $40 billion b) $50 billion c) $58 billion d) $66 billion

6. The share of education costs at community colleges paid by students and family is:

a) 6 percent b)10 percent c) 19 percent d) 25 percent

7. The caseloads in the CalFresh program (formerly food stamps) has increased by what percentage over the last decade?

a) 25 percent b) 53 percent c) 81 percent d) 136 percent

8. How many uninsured Californian’s gained health coverage recently (2013-2014)?

a) 235,000 b) 998,000 c) 1.8 million d) 3.4 million

9. The average yearly cost to incarcerate an inmate in California is:

a) $25,000 b) $55,000 c) $40,000 d) $35,000

10. Of the 7.7 million filings in California’s courts in 2012-13, what percentage were traffic cases?

a) 70 percent b) 80 percent c) 30 percent d) 40 percent


Answers: 1-c; 2-b; 3-c; 4-a; 5-c; 6-a; 7-d; 8-d; 9-b; 10-a