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Florida facts – details and curiosities about the state
The name Florida comes from the Spanish colonizers who named the area “La Florida” (the flowery country).
Population: 22 million
Languages: English (73%), Spanish (20%)
Neighboring States: Georgia and Alabama
Neighboring countries: Cuba and the Bahamas
Florida is the 27th state in the United States (in terms of time), the fourth largest in terms of population, and in terms of area the 22nd.
Size: 170,304 square kilometers, about the same as the United Kingdom (minus Wales).
720 kilometers from north to south, almost 600 kilometers wide at the top of the north while in the middle of the peninsula itself it is about 250 kilometers wide.
Florida has the longest coastline in the United States, 2,170 kilometers, and is the only state surrounded by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
- Walt Disney World is as big as San Francisco. Only 35 percent is built up, the rest is still wilderness. Walt Disney World has approximately 65,000 employees. This means that the it is the largest employer in the United States in one and the same place.
Largest cities: In terms of numbers, it would be wrong to only list the cities’ size list, then will be topped by populous “suburbs” such as Cape Coral, Hialeah and Pembroke Pines.
We prefer to talk about the following metropolitan areas: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville.
Curiosity: When it comes to population, Jacksonville is the largest in Florida. Even in terms of surface area, it is the largest, in fact the fifth largest in the United States.
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Florida has belonged to five countries: Spain, Great Britain, France, the Confederate States of America, USA.
Florida has several Native American reservations inhabited by seminoles and miccosukee. None of the tribes originated in Florida.
Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America. The city recently celebrated 450 years and a visit to these historic areas is a must for all Florida school students.
Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States that borders two national parks: the Everglades National Park and the Biscayne National Park.
Everglades National Park is the only place in the world with both alligators and crocodiles.
Flamingos get their beautiful pink color from the shrimp they eat. The more shrimp they eat, the more pink they become.
Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States, Hawaii is located further south.
The first ever planned flight with passengers was carried out in 1914 between St. Petersburg and Tampa.
Florida is the only state with an “embassy” in Washington DC, it is called “Florida House”.
Industries: Historically (and still), Florida is a livestock and farming state with vast orange groves and sugar cane plantations. The tourism industry made its entrance in the 1920s with an extensive so-called “land boom” as train traffic improved and the car became an increasingly common means of transport.
Climate: Florida is dominated by subtropical climate, plus the southeastern part is considered tropical.
Florida is the world’s second largest producer of citrus fruits.
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Nickname: The Sunshine State.
Motto: “In God We Trust”.
Florida is the flattest state in the United States, with an average height of 30 meters above sea level. The highest “mountain” is Britton Hill, 105m above sea level.
The famous sports drink Gatorade is named after the University of Florida football team Florida Gators. Researchers at the university developed a drink that would suit them perfectly and Gatorade was the result.
Florida has about 7,800 lakes, the largest of which is called Lake Okeechobee and which is actually the second largest lake in the United States. In addition, there are 320 named (and found) natural springs in Florida.
FLORIDA FACTS: STATE SYMBOLS – FROM PANTHER TO ORANGE JUICE
Animal: Florida Panther
Drink: Orange juice
Butterfly: Zebra Longwing
National Day: April 2
Flag: The Florida flag
Flower: The orange flower
Wildflower: Tickseed (Coreopsis)
Freshwater fish: Largemouth bass
Saltwater fish: Sailfish
Aquatic animal: Manatee
Saltwater animal: Dolphin
Theater play: “Cross and Sword”
Shell: Horse Conch
National Anthem: The Swanee River
Tree: The Sabal Palm
Some more Florida Facts:
Trendy Miami has ATMs that are specially designed for everyone who skates.
Prior to the current state formation, the area consisted of two states: East and West Florida
The Flora-Bama Lounge and Package is a bar located in both Alabama and Florida. An odd competition is organized here every year: You must throw a fish as far as possible across the state border – the Annual Interstate Mullet Toss.
Florida is the only state that has two rivers with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in North Florida and a Withlacoochee in Central Florida. The only thing they have in common is the name.
Florida’s largest river, the Saint John’s River, is one of the few rivers that flows north.
What became the well-known sunscreen Coppertone was invented by a pharmacist from Miami who mixed, among other things, Vaseline and coconut oil for himself and other soldiers during World War II.
Florida is the world’s second largest producer of orange and grapefruit juice.
Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.
The total length of all Fort Lauderdale canals is about 500 km. Cape Coral’s canals have a total length of over 640 km, more than any other city in the world.
Florida has more golf courses than any other state in the United States.
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