Florida Facts


Florida Location In The US Florida State Map

Florida is known for:

  • Theme parks
  • Beaches
  • Hurricanes
  • Warm and humid weather
  • Oranges and grapefruits
  • Retiree communities
  • Tourism

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation FL
State Capital Tallahassee
State Size Total (Land + Water): 65,755 sq miles; Land Only: 53,927 sq miles
Number of Counties 67
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone
Bordering States Alabama, Georgia
Highest PointBritton Hill, 345 feet
Tallest Building Panorama Tower in Miami, 868 feet
Largest StadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, capacity 88,548
National ParksBiscayne National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
State Population (2020)21,538,187
State Population Density399.4 people / square mile
Area Codes 239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 448, 561, 656, 689, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 850, 863, 904, 927, 941, 954
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Jacksonville (920,570)
Miami (471,525)
Tampa (407,599)
Orlando (289,457)
St. Petersburg (267,802)

Government & Legislature

Statehood March 3, 1845
Electoral Votes30
State Flag Florida State Flag
GovernorOfficial Florida Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Florida
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Florida
State SenatorsList of Florida State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Florida State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionFlorida State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateJanuary 6, 2015
Road ConditionsFlorida Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date March 29, 2004

State Symbols

State AnimalPanther
State BeverageOrange juice
State Bird Mockingbird
State ButterflyZebra longwing
State Flower Orange blossom
State Fresh Water FishFlorida largemouth bass
State GemMoonstone
State Marine MammalManatee
State Motto In God We Trust
State Nickname Sunshine State
State PieKey lime pie
State ReptileAmerican alligator
State Salt Water FishSailfish
State Salt Water MammalPorpoise (dolphin)
State ShellHorse conch (giant band shell)
State StoneAgatized coral
State Tree Sabal palm
State WildflowerCoreopsis

Sports Teams

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
MLS: Inter Miami CF, Orlando City SC
USFL: Tampa Bay Bandits
NCAA Division I Schools Bethune-Cookman University (Mid-Eastern Athletic)
University of Central Florida (Big 12)
University of Florida (SEC)
Florida A&M University (Mid-Eastern Athletic)
Florida Atlantic University (American)
Florida Gulf Coast University (Atlantic Sun)
Florida International University (Conference USA)
Florida State University (ACC)
Jacksonville University (Atlantic Sun)
University of Miami (ACC)
University of North Florida (Atlantic Sun)
University of South Florida (American Athletic)
Stetson University (Atlantic Sun)

Table Tennis Clubs in Florida

City Table Tennis Club
Boca RatonLoopers Table Tennis of Palm Beach
Clearwater, Safety HarborSunrise Table Tennis Club
Cocoa BeachSpace Coast Table Tennis Club
DavieBroward Table Tennis Club
Doral, Miami SpringsMiami Table Tennis Club
Gainesville, AlachuaGainesville Table Tennis Community
JacksonvilleIshaka Table Tennis Club
LakelandLakeland Table Tennis Association
OcoeeWest Oaks Table Tennis Club
OrlandoCentral Florida Table Tennis
PensacolaPensacola Table Tennis Club
SarasotaSarasota Table Tennis Club
Vero BeachVero Beach Table Tennis Club

Popular Tourist Attractions

UNESCO Heritage Sites

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Florida. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Gasparilla Pirate Festival January or February Tampa
South Beach Wine & Food Festival February Miami Beach
Florida Strawberry Festival Late February to early March Plant City
Florida Renaissance Festival March Deerfield Beach
Ultra Music Festival March Miami
Winter Music Conference March Miami
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Late August to mid-November Orlando
Key West Fantasy Fest October Key West
Florida Seafood Festival November Apalachicola
Art Basel Miami Beach December Miami Beach

Popular Iconic Florida Foods

Florida is famous for the following foods:

  • Key Lime Pie
  • Cuban Sandwich
  • Conch Fritters
  • Stone Crabs
  • Apalachicola Oysters
  • Fried Gator Bites
  • Publix Sub
  • Kumquats
  • Cedar Key Clams
  • Florida Orange Juice

Two-Star Michelin Restaurants

Florida has 1 two-star Michelin restaurant:

Restaurant City Cuisine
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Miami Miami Contemporary

Famous People Born In Florida

Nobel Prize Winners

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Pete Pihos (End. Inducted in 1970)
  • Deacon Jones (Defensive End. Inducted in 1980)
  • Jack Youngblood (Defensive End. Inducted in 2001)
  • Michael Irvin (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 2007)
  • Bob Hayes (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 2009)
  • Derrick Thomas (Linebacker. Inducted in 2009)
  • Rickey Jackson (Linebacker. Inducted in 2010)
  • Emmitt Smith (Running Back. Inducted in 2010)
  • Deion Sanders (Cornerback, Kick Returner. Inducted in 2011)
  • Warren Sapp (Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 2013)
  • Derrick Brooks (Linebacker. Inducted in 2014)
  • Brian Dawkins (Safety. Inducted in 2018)
  • Ray Lewis (Linebacker. Inducted in 2018)
  • Issac Bruce (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 2020)
  • Harold Carmichael (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 2020)
  • Steve Hutchinson (Offensive Guard. Inducted in 2020)
  • Edgerrin James (Running Back. Inducted in 2020)
  • LeRoy Butler (Safety. Inducted in 2022)
  • Ken Riley (Cornerback. Inducted in 2023)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Pop Lloyd (Shortstop. Inducted in 1977)
  • Steve Carlton (Pitcher. Inducted in 1994)
  • Andre Dawson (Right Fielder. Inducted in 2010)
  • Tim Raines (Left Fielder. Inducted in 2017)
  • Chipper Jones (Third Baseman. Inducted in 2018)
  • Buck O'Neil (Executive. Inducted in 2022)
  • Fred McGriff (First Basemane. Inducted in 2023)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • David Robinson (Center. Inducted in 2009)
  • Artis Gilmore (Center. Inducted in 2011)
  • Mitch Richmond (Guard. Inducted in 2014)
  • Tracy McGrady (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 2017)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Faye Dunaway
  • William H. Macy
  • Sidney Poitier

Famous Singers

  • Debbie Harry
  • Jim Morrison
  • Tom Petty
  • Flo Rida

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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