Florida State Profile – Quick Facts

We bring you some quick details about Florida State, the 9th state in the list of US states in alphabetical order.

The state of Florida is a part of the United States of America. In 1845, it was accepted as the 27th state. Florida is the most populous of the southeastern states and, after Texas, the second-most populous state in the South.

Tallahassee, in the northwest panhandle, is the state capital.

Florida’s lengthy and colorful history has been shaped by its geographical location, which helps to explain the state’s striking present character.

The majority of Florida State is located on a peninsula that protrudes southeastward from the North American continent, separating the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico oceans and pointing to Cuba and the Caribbean Sea beyond.

Only two other states share a land border with Florida, both along its northern border: Georgia (east) and Alabama (west) (west).

The Bahamas’ island of Bimini is the closest foreign territory, located 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of the state’s southern edge.

Florida State Map

Florida Map

Florida State Location

State Location

Florida State Geography & Demographics

State AbbreviationFL
State CapitalTallahassee
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 65,755 sq miles; Land Only: 53,927 sq miles
Number of Counties67
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone
Bordering StatesAlabama, Georgia State
Highest PointBritton Hill, 345 feet
National ParksBiscayne National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
State Population (2020)21,538,187
State Population Density399.4 people / square mile
Area Codes239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 448, 561, 656, 689, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 850, 863, 904, 927, 941, 954

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Florida State Flag

Florida Flag - adopted on May 21, 1985

State Symbols

State AnimalPanther
State BeverageOrange juice
State BirdMockingbird
State ButterflyZebra longwing
State FlowerOrange blossom
State Fresh Water FishFlorida largemouth bass
State GemMoonstone
State Marine MammalManatee
State MottoIn God We Trust
State NicknameSunshine State
State PieKey lime pie
State ReptileAmerican alligator
State Salt Water FishSailfish
State Salt Water MammalPorpoise (dolphin)
State ShellHorse conch (giant band shell)
State StoneAgatized coral
State TreeSabal palm
State WildflowerCoreopsis

State Seal

State Seal of Florida

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Sports Teams

Major Sports TeamsMLB: Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays
NFL: Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars
NBA: Miami Heat, Orlando Magic
NHL: Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning
MLS: Inter Miami CF, Orlando City SC
NCAA Division I SchoolsBethune-Cookman University (Mid-Eastern Athletic)
University of Central Florida (American Athletic)
University of Florida (SEC)
Florida A&M University (Mid-Eastern Athletic)
Florida Atlantic University (Conference USA)
Florida Gulf Coast University (Atlantic Sun)
Florida International University (Conference USA)
Florida State University (ACC)
Jacksonville University (Atlantic Sun)
University of Miami (ACC)
University of North Florida (Atlantic Sun)
University of South Florida (American Athletic)
Stetson University (Atlantic Sun)

Florida State has quite a few interesting tourist attractions, qualifying it as one of the 25 best vacations spots in the United States.

  • Adventure Island: Water park in Tampa, Florida.
  • Amelia Island: Island off the coast of northeastern Florida.
  • Anna Maria Island: Island on the coast of Manatee County, Florida.
  • Busch Gardens: Theme park in Tampa, Florida.
  • Discovery Cove: Amusement park in Orlando, Florida.
  • Everglades National Park: National park in southern Florida.
  • Gatorland: Theme park and wildlife preserve in Orlando, Florida.
  • Kennedy Space Center: NASA space center in Merritt Island, Florida.
  • Legoland Florida: Theme park and water park in Winter Haven, Florida.
  • Lion Country Safari: Drive-through safari park in Loxahatchee, Florida.
  • Lowry Park Zoo: Zoo in Tampa, Florida.
  • Miami Beach: Coastal resort city in Florida.
  • Miami Seaquarium: Aquarium in Key Biscayne, Florida, near downtown Miami.
  • SeaWorld Orlando: Theme park in Orlando, Florida.
  • Universal Orlando: Theme park in Orlando, Florida.
  • Walt Disney World: Theme park in Bay Lake, Florida.

Florida is famous for the following foods:

  • Key Lime Pie
  • Cuban Sandwich
  • Conch Fritters
  • Stone Crabs
  • Apalachicola Oysters
  • Fried Gator Bites
  • Publix Sub
  • Kumquats
  • Cedar Key Clams
  • Florida Orange Juice

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Famous People Born In Florida

Nobel Prize Winners

  • George F. Smoot (Physics, 2006)
  • Michael W. Young (Physiology or Medicine, 2017)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • David Robinson (Center. Inducted in 2009)
  • Artis Gilmore (Center. Inducted in 2011)
  • Mitch Richmond (Guard. Inducted in 2014)
  • Tracy McGrady (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 2017)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Faye Dunaway
  • William H. Macy
  • Sidney Poitier

Famous Singers

  • Debbie Harry
  • Jim Morrison
  • Tom Petty
  • Flo Rida

Related: 50 Interesting fun facts about Florida

Florida State (Summary)

In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon landed in northeast Florida, likely around present-day St. Augustine, to claim Florida for Spain. This is when the first written records of life in Florida were created.

Spain establishes the first permanent European settlement at St. Augustine in 1565.

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