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Interesting Facts:

  • Fort Lauderdale’s 165 miles of waterways and canals has earned it the nickname “Venice of America.”
  • In 2014, Orlando surpassed New York as the most visited city, with 59 million visitors.
  • Florida ranks first in the number of lightning strikes per year. It averages 1.45 million strikes annually, which comes to about 25 strikes per year per square mile.
  • Gatorade was invented in Florida and named after the University of Florida’s mascot: the Gators.
  • Key West is the warmest city in the U.S., with an annual average temperature of 78& deg;C.
  • Greater Miami is the only U.S. metropolitan area that encompasses 2 national parks: Biscayne and the Everglades.
  • St. Augustine is the oldest permanent European settlement in North America, established in 1565 by Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez.
  • The first scheduled commercial airline flight was piloted on January 1, 1914 by Tony Jannus. It flew from St. Petersburg to Tampa, a 18 mile trip that took 23 minutes to fly.
  • Florida is the only state with 2 rivers of the same name:
    • Withlacoochee River (or Crooked River): 141 miles long, mouth in the Gulf of Mexico.
    • Withlacoochee River: 115 miles long, flows mostly in Georgia, merges with Suwannee River in Florida.


    Quick Facts Panel:

    Basics:

    Population (2010): 18,801,310

    -Percent Gain from 2000: 17.6%

    Total Area: 65,754.6 sq. mi.

    -Land: 53,926.8 sq mi.

    -Water: 11,827.8 sq. mi.

    Nickname: Sunshine State

    Motto: “In God We Trust”

    Density: 348.6 people per sq. mi. (US density-87.5 people per sq. mi.)

    Political:

    Capital: Tallahassee

    Statehood: March 3, 1845

    Major Cities (ranked by population):

        1-Jacksonville (821,784)

        2-Miami (399,457)

        3-Tampa (335,709)

        4-St. Petersburg (244,769)

        5-Orlando (238,300)

    Electoral votes: 27

    U.S. Representatives: 25

    Landforms/Recreational:

    National Parks: Everglades, Biscayne

    Highest point: Britton Hill, 448 ft

    Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean, 0 ft

    Natural Resources: fish, phosphates

    State flower: orange blossum

    Economy:

    Major Industries:

        1-Services (41%)

        2-Retail Trade (25%)

        3-Manufacturing (7%)

    Productions: data processing machines, computer parts

    Exports: scrap gold, aircraft parts, cellular phones

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    Places to Visit-Photo Gallery:

    Biscayne National Park

    Biscayne National Park

    A sunset in Biscayne National Park

    A sunset in Biscayne National Park

    An Alligator in Everglades National Park

    An Alligator in Everglades National Park

    Biscayne National Park

    Biscayne National Park

    Everglades National Park swamp

    Everglades National Park swamp

    Everglades National Park, aerial veiw

    Everglades National Park, aerial veiw

    Snorkelors in Biscayne National Park

    Snorkelors in Biscayne National Park

    Biscayne National ParkA sunset in Biscayne National ParkAn Alligator in Everglades National ParkBiscayne National ParkEverglades National Park swampEverglades National Park, aerial veiwSnorkelors in Biscayne National Park

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    Everglades National Park:

 

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