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File:California-armenianspeakers.jpgThe second largest Armenian community outside of Armenia is in California. Moscow probably has the largest diaspora community, and Southern California the second largest. There are 155,237 Armenian speakers in California.

Some of the major Armenian populations are in:

Armenian Public Art in California

California is one of the few places outside of Armenia to offer public art that does not relate to the subject of Genocide. These include the statues of William Saroyan (1950) and David of Sassoun (1950) in Fresno by the artist Varaz Samuelian.

Other examples from California include the work of Armenian artist Henry Lion (1900-1966) who created public art for the city of Los Angeles. His work includes the bronze doors to the Los Angeles City Hall's Spring Street entrance; the Pioneer Fountain in Carthay Circle; the Power of Water fountain in Lafayette Park; the eagle medallion on the Federal Courthouse; the Cabrillo statue in San Pedro; and the bronze statue of Felipe de Neve (1932).

Another example from California include the artist, May Sun (Escudero-Fribourg Architect Team), who designed the Hollywood/Western Station of the Metro Rail (1999) that feature Armenian symbols on the floors of the station (alongside Mayan and Chinese pictograms).

California Trade Office in Armenia

California State Senator Jack Scott (D-Pasadena) said that the Yerevan office of the California International Trade and Investment Office would start operating on October 1, 2005.

Scott said the office would create favorable conditions for Armenian businessmen to sell their products in California, home to a 500,000 strong Armenian community, and that Armenia would in return, be able to import the latest technology in such sectors as IT, biotechnology, and architecture.

Plans are to eventually expand the office to Ukraine, Georgia, and Russia.

Armenian-US trade is now about $60-70 million and the bulk of which falls on California.

The California International Trade office will be housed temporarily in the premises of the Armenian Development Agency (ADA) until a separate building is found.