Facts About Florida

A collection of facts about the state of Florida. Includes all of Florida's state symbols.

Florida State Symbols
- Florida State Flag
- Florida State Seal
- Florida State Reptile: Alligator
- Florida State Bird: Mockingbird
- Florida State Butterfly: Zebra Longwing
- Florida State Animal: Florida Panther
- Florida State Marine Mammal: Manatee
- Florida State Saltwater Mammal: Porpoise
- Florida State Saltwater Fish: Sailfish
- Florida - Florida State Flower: Orange Blossom
- Florida State Wildflower: Coreopsis
- Florida State Tree: Sabal Palm
- Florida State Beverage: Orange Juice
- Florida State Shell: Horse Conch
- Florida State Stone: Agatized Coral
- Florida State Gem: Moonstone
- Florida State Soil: Myakka Fine Sand
- Florida State Song: "The Swanee River"
- Florida State Motto: "In God We Trust"
- Florida State Play: Cross and Sword

Florida Geographical Facts
- Total Area - 58,560 square miles
- Total land area - 54,136 square miles
- Total water area - 4,424 square miles
- Rank among states in total area - 22nd
- Length north and south - 447 miles (St. Marys River to Key West)
- Width east and west - 361 miles (Atlantic Ocean to Perdido River)
- Distance from Pensacola to Key West - 792 miles (by road)
- Highest Natural Point - 345 feet
- Geographic Center - 12 miles northwest of Brooksville, Hernando County
- Coastline- 1,197 statute miles
- Tidal shoreline (general) - 2,276 statute miles
- Beaches - 663 miles
- Longest River - St. Johns, 273 miles
- Largest Lake - Lake Okeechobee, 700 square miles
- Largest county - Palm Beach, 2,578 square miles
- Smallest county - Union, 245 square miles
- Number of lakes (greater than 10 acres) - about 7,700
- Number of first-magnitude springs - 33
- Number of islands (greater than 10 acres) - about 4,500

Florida Historical Facts
- First permanent European settlement - 1565, St. Augustine, by Spain
- Acquired from Spain as a U.S. Territory - 1821
- Admitted as 27th state of the U.S. - March 3, 1845

Other Facts About Florida
- Capital - Tallahassee
- Population 2005 (estimate) - 17,789,864 (Rank 4th)
- Population 2004 (estimate) - 17,397,161 (Rank 4th)
- Population 2000 - 15,982,378 (Rank 4th)
- Population 1990 - 12,937,926
- Population 1980 - 9,739,992
- Population growth rate 2000-2005 (estimate) - 11.31%
- Population growth rate 1990-2000 - 23.53%
- Most populous metropolitan area 2003 - Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: 5,289,000 (estimate - Ranked 6th in the US)
- Most populous metropolitan area 2000 - Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: 3,876,380
- Most populous County 2005 - Miami-Dade County: 2,376,014 (estimate)
- Number of counties - 67
- Form of government - Governor and cabinet consisting of Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture
- State sales tax - 6%
- State income tax - None
- Legislature - 120 house districts, 40 senate districts, 25 congressional districts

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History of Miami Beach
Wikipedia on the History of Miami Florida
Hello Miami on the History of Miami Florida
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Miami Beach 411 on the History of Miami Beach
Historical Museum of South Florida


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See also:
Florida Travel Guide
United States Travel Guide
Pan America Travel Guide

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