- 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:
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.)
Statehood: March 3, 1845
Major Cities (ranked by population):
4-St. Petersburg (244,769)
Electoral votes: 27
U.S. Representatives: 25
National Parks: Everglades, Biscayne
Highest point: Britton Hill, 448 ft
Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean, 0 ft
Natural Resources: fish, phosphates
State flower: orange blossum
2-Retail Trade (25%)
Productions: data processing machines, computer parts
Exports: scrap gold, aircraft parts, cellular phones
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