||March 3, 1845 |
||Total (Land + Water): 65,755 sq miles; Land Only: 53,927 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
|State Population (2015)||20,271,272|
|State Population Density||375.9 people / square mile|
|State Quarter Issue Date
||March 29, 2004|
||In God We Trust|
||Orange blossom |
|State Gas Tax||$0.3658 / Gallon|
|State Cigarette Tax||$1.339 / Pack|
||239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 561, 689, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 850, 863, 904, 927, 941, 954|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
St. Petersburg (244,769)
|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.