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Location of Florida State


Capital: Tallahassee

Population: 19,317,568 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Hialeah, Tallahassee

Borders: Alabama, Georgia, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $777,164 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including oranges, other citrus fruits, sugarcane, corn, green beans, and tomatoes
Tourism, banking, aerospace, biotechnology, and electronics

How Florida got its name: Florida was named by Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon. He called the land Pascua Florida, which means Flowery Easter.

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Florida State Symbols

State Nickname: Sunshine State

State Slogan: Visit Florida; MyFlorida.com

State Motto: In God we trust (1868)

State flower: Orange blossom

State bird: Mockingbird

State fish: Largemouth bass (fresh water), Atlantic Sailfish (salt water)

State tree: Sabal Palm

State mammal: Florida panther, Manatee, Bottle-nosed dolphin

State foods: Orange Juice, Key Lime Pie, Oranges

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Monday, March 3, 1845

Number admitted: 27

Prior Name: Florida Territory

Postal Abbreviation: FL

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The Geography of Florida

Total Size: 53,927 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Britton Hill at 345 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Walton (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Hernando County approx. 12 miles north-northwest of Brooksville (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 67 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, Tampa Bay, Lake Okeechobee, St. Johns River, Suwannee River, Caloosahatchee River, Lake Tohopekaliga, Lake George

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