Florida became a state on March 3, 1845. Its nickname is “The Sunshine State.”
Here are 10 interesting facts about the state:
Florida Facts #1:
Although the capital is Tallahassee, the capital is not the most-populated city in the state. The largest city in the state in regards to population is Jacksonville. Jacksonville has a population of 836,507 people, according to the 2012 United States Census Bureau.
Florida Facts #2:
Out of all of the states in the continental region of the country, Florida is the state with the largest coastline. Its coastline is 1,350 miles. On a side note, the state is the only one that touches both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Florida Facts #3:
The state is home to a number of iconic animals. Some of these animals are the American alligator, the crocodile, the Florida panther, and the manatee. You can find these animals in the Everglades National Park.
Florida Facts #4:
A significant amount of people visit the state each year. Many of these people go to the amusement parks that are located in the state, including the Walt Disney World Resort. The Kennedy Space Center is also a tourist attraction that is popular.
Florida Facts #5:
The state has captured the interest of many writers. These writers include Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway, and Tennessee Williams. It is, of course, a popular place in which a number of celebrities and athletes live.
Florida Facts #6:
There are many celebrities and athletes from Florida. They include former football player Ray Lewis, legendary actor Sidney Poitier, and movie actress Eva Mendes.
Florida Facts #7:
One of the well-known blizzards in the United States affected Florida. It was referred to as the Great Blizzard of 1899. One of the images of this blizzard is of a group of people throwing snowballs at each other outside of the Florida Capitol.
Florida Facts #8:
One of the well-known professional sports teams in Florida is the professional basketball team the Miami Heat. The Heat have been one of the better basketball teams in the 21st century, winning the NBA Championship in 2012 and in 2013.
Florida Facts #9:
Florida is home to the Miami International Airport. This airport is the 10th busiest cargo airport in the world. It is the second most popular airport in the country for international passengers.
Florida Facts #10:
The last interesting fact is that many people who live in the state work for the government. These people include teachers and employees of the military.
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