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When you hear the word “Florida”, images of sun, sand and sea come to mind, as well as images of the 80’s haircuts in “Miami Vice” and those stuffed shouldered jackets with rolled up sleeves. Welcome to Florida!

Florida's History

Florida has a rich and very interesting history. Florida was discovered by the Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon while seeking the “Fountain of Youth” in 1513, marking the beginning of the American Frontier. Florida was named by Ponce de Leon, which means “feast of flowers” in Spanish. Florida belonged to Spain and England off and on until it was sold to the United States in 1819. Florida was admitted into the Union by 1845, becoming the 27th U.S. state. Florida was marked by wars with the Seminole Indians from the early 19th century until 1842. As a result, there are Indian reservations at Immokalee, Hollywood, Brighton and along the Big Cypress Swamp. In addition to the Seminole people, Florida has a separate Miccosukee tribe.

At the time of the first European contact in the early 16th century, Florida was inhabited by 350,000 people belonging to Indian tribes such as the Seminoles, Apalachees, the Ais, Calusa, Jaega, Mayaimi, Tquesa and Tocobaga.

A little information about Florida:

Just the Facts about Florida

The state of Florida’s borders span an area of 58,560 square miles. It is the twenty second (22nd) largest state in the nation, but 3rd in population. A diverse population and urbanized economy has brought Florida’s population to 19 million people, surpassing New York, becoming the 3rd most populous state in the United States, behind California (1st) and Texas (2nd). Florida’s population was at sixty-five (65) or older in the 2010 census, the highest in the nation.

Florida has 1,200 miles of beaches and 1,197 miles of coastline. Florida has thirty-one (31) state forests, and 159 state parks (over 723,000 acres). Florida has over 8,000 lakes; 7,700 of the lakes are greater than 10 acres. The largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee at 700 square miles; it is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the United States.

Florida’s capital is Tallahassee, the state flower is the Orange Blossom, the state bird is the Mockingbird and the state motto is “In God We Trust”.

Florida is in the Eastern Standard Time zone, 1 hour ahead of the Midwest, 2 hours ahead of the Mountain states and 3 hours ahead West coast states.

Florida’s Economy and Tourist Attractions

Florida’s economy relies on a solid base of tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and international trade. Approximately 40 percent of U.S exports to Latin and South America pass through Florida. Leading the manufacturing market are electrical equipment, electronics, transportation equipment, printing and publishing, food processing and machinery. Oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits lead Florida’s agricultural markets. Also Florida produces potatoes, melons, strawberries, sugar cane, peanuts, dairy and cattle.

The tourism industry brings in 83.7 million visitors (2011), a record number. Florida is the top travel destination in the world, bringing in $67 billion to Florida’s economy. Orlando, the home of Disney World is Florida’s most popular tourist destination. NASA Kennedy Space Center and Epcot Center are also major tourist draws. Other tourist attractions are Miami Beach, Palm Beach, St. Augustine (the oldest U.S city founded in 1565), Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Tampa, St Petersburg and Key West.

Florida is the number #1 fishing capital of the world, attracting approximately 885,000 non-resident anglers every year. Florida also brings in more golfers than other states, with over 1,250 beautiful, well maintained golf courses. And of course, Florida is a beach lover’s paradise with 1,200 miles of sandy beaches, many with white sand on the clear warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida’s Climate

Florida is nicknamed the “Sunshine State” due to its warm climate. Florida is world renowned for its balmy weather. The state’s mild winters have made it a haven for retirees, referred to as “snowbirds”. For that reason, Florida is very attractive place to live or vacation for individuals from the north since the 1920’s. Summers can be long and hot with showers bringing relief during the rainy season. The coastal areas experience gentle breezes during the summer. The average temperatures for summer in Florida range from 80.5 degrees (F) in Northern Florida and 82.7 degrees (F) in Southern Florida; to winter temperatures of 53.0 degrees (F) in Northern Florida and 68.5 degrees (F) in Southern Florida.

Florida’s climate is humid and subtropical. There is a rainy season from June to September. Between October and May, fronts sweep through the state, keeping conditions dry. Florida is usually the first state to feel the effects of the changing seasons by having the prime conditions to generate tropical storms and hurricanes. The hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Florida has quite a history with hurricanes due to it is near the tropics and the westerly winds blowing off the African coasts along the equator. The word “hurricane” is a term from the Taino Indian (huracan), meaning “evil spirit”. Hurricanes form over warm ocean waters drifting from west coast of Africa. As they drift west, they gather heat and energy from the warm ocean waters. The evaporation from the sea increases its power. Even though most hurricanes are not severe, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) monitors and tracks conditions and keep the public updated.

Housing and Sales Tax

Florida is the eighteenth (18th) highest per capital income in the United States. The median household income in 2012 is $45,040 (U.S median income is $51,371 for same time period). The median price for an existing, single-family detached home is $175,000 as of June 2013. Florida has no state income tax and ranks low in terms of the tax burden placed on residents. Florida ranks among the lowest tax states at #5 among the fifty states in 2013. Florida’s sales tax is 6 percent; property taxes average approximately 1.20 percent, but of course, it varies by county. It is the median for all fifty states.

Education in Florida

There are ten public universities in Florida and a liberal arts college to make up the Florida State University structure. In 2008, the Florida University system had 302,513 students. Florida also has many private universities. Florida has twenty-eight (28) public community and state colleges. Florida universities have some of the top sports programs in the nation. The two largest rivals are Florida State Seminoles and the University of Miami Hurricanes. This rivalry took a life of its own when both schools were becoming a powerful force in the 1980’s. Many of the NFL star players had major roles in many of the games played in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Both teams are forces to be reckoned with.

There are sixty-seven school districts, one for each county. In the past, Florida schools ranked very low over the national average. As a result, Florida’s public schools have worked diligently to bring Florida schools back into the top ten (10) in the national ranking, placing sixth (6th) place for coordinating kindergarten through twelfth (12th) with early learning and post-secondary education programs and initiatives (AP, January 10, 2013). Florida’s overall grade went up from C minus to B minus. Budget cuts are a hindrance, but in the grand scheme of things, Florida’s education leaders are pleased with the results.

Professional sports

Florida is home to many professional, semi-professional, amateur sports organizations. There a three NFL teams, two MLB teams, two NBA teams and two NHL teams. Florida is host to many spring training camps for MLB teams as well.

The NFL has three football teams: Miami Dolphins, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The MLB has two teams: Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The NBA has two teams: Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic. Even the NHL (National Hockey League) has two teams: the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Popular to Floridians, drawing crowds from all over the United States. The Daytona 500 began on February 22, 1959, with 42,000 in attendance. In 2013, the Daytona 500 had approximately 250,000 in attendance, in addition to the 16.7 million viewers on television.

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