Florida Facts

State Location Florida Location In The US
State Abbreviation FL
Statehood March 3, 1845
State Capital Tallahassee
State Size Total (Land + Water): 65,755 sq miles; Land Only: 53,927 sq miles
Number of Counties 67
State Population (2015)20,271,272
State Population Density375.9 people / square mile
Electoral Votes29
State Quarter Issue Date March 29, 2004
State Motto In God We Trust
State Flower Orange blossom
State Tree Sabal palm
State Bird Mockingbird
Nickname Sunshine State
State Flag Florida State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.3658 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$1.339 / Pack
Area Codes 239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 561, 689, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 850, 863, 904, 927, 941, 954
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Jacksonville (821,784)
Miami (399,457)
Tampa (335,709)
St. Petersburg (244,769)
Orlando (238,300)
Major Sports Teams MLB: Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays
NFL: Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars
NBA: Miami Heat, Orlando Magic
NHL: Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning

Florida Fun Facts

  • The name Florida was given by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon when he discovered the land in 1513. He originally called it Pascua Florida, which means "Flowery Easter."
  • Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America. It was established in 1565.
  • Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States (1,350 miles or 2,170 km), and is the only state in the United States that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Florida is the only state in the nation whose Constitution is reviewed every 20 years.
  • Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed
  • Key Largo is known as the Diving Capital of the World.
  • Young aviator Antony H Jannus made history on January 1, 1914, when he flew the world's first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa.
  • Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways.
  • Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee River in north central Florida and a Withlacoochee River in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.
  • The Florida State Constitution allows for pregnant pigs not to be confined in cages.

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