State Abbreviation FL
State Capital Tallahassee
State Size Total (Land + Water): 65,755 sq miles; Land Only: 53,927 sq miles
Number of Counties 67
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone
Bordering States Alabama, Georgia
Highest Point Britton Hill, 345 feet
National Parks Biscayne National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
State Population (2015) 20,271,272
State Population Density 375.9 people / square mile
Area Codes 239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 561, 689, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 850, 863, 904, 927, 941, 954
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Jacksonville (821,784)
St. Petersburg (244,769)
State Animal Panther
State Beverage Orange juice
State Bird Mockingbird
State Butterfly Zebra longwing
State Flower Orange blossom
State Fresh Water Fish Florida largemouth bass
State Gem Moonstone
State Marine Mammal Manatee
State Motto In God We Trust
State Nickname Sunshine State
State Pie Key lime pie
State Reptile American alligator
State Salt Water Fish Sailfish
State Salt Water Mammal Porpoise (dolphin)
State Shell Horse conch (giant band shell)
State Stone Agatized coral
State Tree Sabal palm
State Wildflower Coreopsis
•The name Florida was given by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon when he discovered the land in 1513. He originally called it Pascua Florida, which means "Flowery Easter."
•Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America. It was established in 1565.
•Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States (1,350 miles or 2,170 km), and is the only state in the United States that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
•Florida is the only state in the nation whose Constitution is reviewed every 20 years.
•Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed
•Key Largo is known as the Diving Capital of the World.
•Young aviator Antony H Jannus made history on January 1, 1914, when he flew the world's first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa.
•Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways.
•Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee River in north central Florida and a Withlacoochee River in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.
•The Florida State Constitution allows for pregnant pigs not to be confined in cages.
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