People all over the world look up to the United States of America. It is a place that has a mix of culture, language, and people coming from every part of the world. This has turned it into a hub that everyone wants to visit. A flux of tourist visits the country to see the different attractions that it has. Florida is a popular state among international tourists as well as people from inside the country. It is very easy to find villas for rent in Florida and so people are likely to visit the place during their summer holidays. Let us know some facts about the state to have a deep knowledge of the people and also in general.
Facts about the state of Florida:
Here are a few facts about Florida that will make your visit great and meaningful.
- Florida is the Spanish word for ‘Land of Flowers’. The nickname of Florida is known as The Sunshine State.
- Florida is bordered in the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest there is Alabama, to the north is the state of Georgia and to the west, there is the Atlantic Ocean and in the South by the Straits of Florida. This is the reason that Florida is known as a peninsula as it is surrounded by water on its 3 sides.
- Florida is the 3rd most populous state and the 8th most densely populated state in the USA. More than 21 million people call the state their home.
- Florida has the longest coastline in the USA and it is approximately of 1,350 miles or 2,170 Km. There are about 800 miles of sandy beaches in the state.
- About 70% of the U.S oranges come from Florida and they also produce about 40% of the orange juice found in this world. It is also the largest producer of Watermelons in the country.
- Orlando has the most number of theme parks tourists than any other state in the USA.
- Britton Hill is the highest point present in Florida and it is only 345 feet above the sea level. It is present in the Florida Panhandle.
- In the Florida Everglades, crocodiles and alligators reside together and it is the only place in the world where they do so.
- More than 17 million people visit Disney World in a single year. On a busy day, the theme park can have an attendance of more than 100,000 people. The size of the Disney World equals the size of San Francisco, California.
- Florida has over 12000 miles or 20,000 Km are in forms of rivers, waterways, and streams.
- It is also home to Lake Okeechobee which is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the U.S and it took up an approximate area of 700 square miles or 1800 sq. km. About 7800 lakes in the state are over 10 acres in size.
- The average temperature of South Florida during the winter months is 68 F or 20º C.
- Florida has the most number of golf courses than any other state in the USA. The number is approximately 1,300 golf courses.
- Greater Miami is surrounded by two national parks and it is the only city in the USA that has this quality.
- Saint Augustine is regarded as the oldest European settlement in the whole of North America.
- Sanibel Island in Florida has a shell museum and it is said to have over 2 million shells. It can also be the only museum to be dedicated only to molluscs.
- Florida is also the state in the USA where you will find two rivers with the same name. There is one Withlacoochee in north central Florida and another Withlacoochee in central Florida.
- The Florida Keys is a group of islands that consists of more than 1,700 tiny islands.
- Florida became a part of the United States of America in 1821 and before that, it was a British territory.
- Central Florida has the most number of lightning than any other state in the US and so it is known as the lightning capital of the country.
- Florida has a hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30 and it is also the most hurricane-prone state in the USA.
- The first commercial space launching industry of the United States was created in Florida. The spaceship that carried Neil Armstrong launched from the Kennedy Space centre on July 16, 1969, based in Florida.
- Florida is also the leading producer of Grapefruit in the world. It is the 2nd largest juice producer in the world after Brazil.
- The Wakulla Springs situated in Tallahassee is the world’s deepest and largest freshwater spring.