Florida Facts

States

Capital
Tallahassee

Became a State
March 3, 1845 (27th)

Location
southeastern United States

Area
65,795 sq. miles (22nd)

Population
15,982,378 (4th)

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

Products
citrus fruits, sugarcane, celery

Climate
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