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Florida Facts

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Florida Location In The US Florida State Map

This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Florida. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:



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 Point Britton Hill, 345 feet
National Parks Biscayne National Park 
Dry Tortugas National Park 
Everglades National Park
State Population (2015) 20,271,272
State Population Density 375.9 people / square mile
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)

Government & Legislature

Statehood March 3, 1845
Electoral Votes 29
State Flag Florida State Flag
Governor Official Florida Governor Website
U. S. Senators List of U. S. Senators From Florida
U. S. Representatives List of U. S. Representatives From Florida
State Senators List of Florida State Senators
State Representatives List of Florida State Representatives
State Government Official Site
State Constitution Florida State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Date January 6, 2015
Road Conditions Florida Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date March 29, 2004

State Symbols

State Animal Panther
State Beverage Orange juice
State Bird Mockingbird
State Butterfly Zebra longwing
State Flower Orange blossom
State Fresh Water Fish Florida largemouth bass
State Gem Moonstone
State Marine Mammal Manatee
State Motto In God We Trust
State Nickname Sunshine State
State Pie Key lime pie
State Reptile American alligator
State Salt Water Fish Sailfish
State Salt Water Mammal Porpoise (dolphin)
State Shell Horse conch (giant band shell)
State Stone Agatized coral
State Tree Sabal palm
State Wildflower Coreopsis

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
NCAA Division I Schools Bethune-Cookman University (Mid-Eastern Athletic) 
University of Central Florida (American Athletic) 
University of Florida (SEC) 
Florida A&M University (Mid-Eastern Athletic) 
Florida Atlantic University (Conference USA) 
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)

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Florida

Nobel Prize Winners

  • George F. Smoot (Physics, 2006)

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)

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)

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.

This page was last updated on October 01, 2017.

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