Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive (65,755 sq mi or 170,300 km²), the 3rd-most populous (21,312,211 inhabitants), and the 8th-most densely populated (384.3/sq mi or 148.4/km²) of the U.S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital. Florida's $1.0 trillion economy is the fourth largest in the United States. If it were a country, Florida would be the 16th largest economy in the world, and the 58th most populous as of 2018. The first European contact was made in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, who called it la Florida ("the land of flowers") upon landing there in the Easter season, known in Spanish as Pascua Florida. Today, Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues. The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center, and as a popular destination for retirees. Florida is the flattest state in the United States.
Florida is known under different nicknames; aka Alligator State, or Everglade State, or Flower State, or Gulf State, or Gunshine State , or Orange State, or Peninsula State or Peninsular State, or Plywood State, or Sunshine State (used on license plates) and detailed official information about Florida can be found on the homepage at www. myflorida.com.
The given map of Florida state shows that Florida is located in south-east region of the United States. The Florida US has peninsular feature that you can see on Florida map. It has coastline with Atlantic Ocean in the east, Florida Strait in the South and Gulf of Mexico in the west. Likewise, it is surrounded by water bodies from three sides. However, Alabama shares boundary from northwest and Georgia from north. The Florida state US was 27th state that admitted as state.
The state Florida has comparatively warm climate (specifically subtropical climate) and brightening Sunshine; this is because it is nicknamed the "Sunshine State". However, the Florida state USA is pretty developed state in terms of scientific research and institutions. Besides, the state has the four big urban areas including Jacksonville largest city, Miami largest metropolitan area, Tallahassee the capital city, and Tampa along with numerous smaller industrial cities and many small towns. The locations of all the cities, you can easily find on Florida state map. Besides, Florida map US also shows the railways, highways, other road and smaller cities.
Florida tourism is the largest source of state revenue. Hundreds miles of shining beaches along with warm climate attract about 60 million tourists every year. Besides, there are various other Florida attractions such as amusement parks, especially in the Orlando area, makes up a noteworthy for tourism., the Walt Disney World Resort is the largest vacation resort in the world, comprising four theme parks and more than 20 hotels in Lake Buena Vista. Others are Sea World, Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens, and many major parks stir up state tourism equally.
Board a boat or sea plane - that's the only way to get to Dry Tortugas National Park - and prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Located off the coast of Key West, Dry Tortugas is home to Fort Jefferson (the largest masonry fort in the Western Hemisphere), remote beaches and nothing else. Take the Yankee Freedom III to enjoy complimentary snorkeling equipment and lunch.
The US State Florida occupies 138,905 m², about 1,52 % of the total territory of the USA of 9,148,020 m². The total population of the US State Florida with 20,984,400 inhabitants (in 2017) has already increased by 31,3 % in this millennium. Almost 40 years ago there were 11,238,076 fewer people. The capital Tallahassee alone has 194,17 inhabitants.
Tallahassee became the capital of Florida in 1823. The founder of Famous Amos Cookies, Wally Amos, was born and raised in Tallahassee. Jacksonville is the largest city by area in the continental United States with over 840 square miles.
Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. state of Florida. About two-thirds of Florida occupies a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, approximately 1,350 miles (2,170 km), not including the contribution of the many barrier islands. Florida has a total of 4,510 islands that are ten acres or larger in area. This is the second-highest number of islands of any state of the United States; only Alaska has more. It is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the state is at or near sea level and is characterized by sedimentary soil. Florida has the lowest high point of any U.S. state. The climate varies from subtropical in the north to tropical in the south. Along with Hawaii, Florida is one of only two states that has a tropical climate, and is the only continental state with either a tropical climate or a coral reef. The Florida Keys are a coral cay archipelago located off the southern coast of Florida, forming the southernmost portion of the continental United States. They begin at the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the westernmost of the inhabited islands, and on to the uninhabited Dry Tortugas. The islands lie along the Florida Straits, dividing the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the northwest, and defining one edge of Florida Bay. At the nearest point, the southern part of Key West is just 90 miles (140 km) from Cuba. The Florida Keys are between about 23.5 and 25.5 degrees North latitude. More than 95 percent of the land area lies in Monroe County, but a small portion extends northeast into Miami-Dade County, such as Totten Key. The total land area is 137.3 square miles (356 km²). The city of Key West is the county seat of Monroe County. The county consists of a section on the mainland which is almost entirely in Everglades National Park, and the Keys islands from Key Largo to the Dry Tortugas.