Florida Facts

Florida is a state in the southeastern region of the United States, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. See the fact file below for more information about Florida.
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Became a State
March 3, 1845 (27th)

southeastern United States

65,795 sq. miles (22nd)

15,982,378 (4th)

Major Cities
Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, St. Petersburg

citrus fruits, sugarcane, celery

humid sub-tropical, except in southern part, which is tropical

Yearly Precipitation
averages 50 inches

Professional Sports Teams
Jackonsville Jaguars (National Football League)
Miami Dolphins (National Football League)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (National Football League)
Miami Heat (National Basketball Association)
Orlando Magic (National Basketball Association)
Florida Panthers (National Hockey League)
Tampa Bay Lightning (National Hockey League)
Tampa Bay Rays (Major League Baseball)
Florida Marlins (Major League Baseball)

Major Waterways
Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf Intracostal Waterway, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Most Famous Citizens
Steve Garvey (baseball player)
John Audubon (ornithologist, artist)
Stephen Foster (composer)
Marjorie K. Rowlings (writer)
Jacqueline Cochran (aviator)

State Symbols
Bird – Mockingbird
Flower – Orange Blossom
Animal – Florida Panther
Tree – Sabal Palm
Insect – Zebra Longwing