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Welcome to Florida - The Sunshine State!

State in the extreme SE United States. A long, low peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is bordered by Georgia and Alabama.
Area, 58,560 sq mi (151,670 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 15,982,378, a 23.5% increase since the 1990 census.
Capital, Tallahassee.
Largest city, Jacksonville. 
Nickname, Sunshine State.
Motto, In God We Trust.
State bird, Mockingbird.
State flower, Orange Blossom.
State tree, Sabal Palmetto palm.
Tourism plays a primary role in the state's economy; in 1996 visitors to Florida spent over $48 billion. Walt Disney World, a massive cluster of theme parks near Orlando that is one of the world's leading tourist attractions; Universal Studios, a combination theme park and film and television production facility, also near Orlando; and other attractions draw millions yearly.

Famed beaches, such as those at Miami Beach, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and world-famous Sanibel Island attract hordes of vacationers. With more than 4,000 sq mi (10,360 sq km) of inland water and with the sea readily accessible from almost anywhere in the state, Florida is a fishing paradise. Other attractions include Everglades National Park with its unusual plant and animal life; Palm Beach with its palatial estates; and Sanibel Island's tropical resorts.


Famous for its citrus fruits, Florida leads the nation in the production of oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and market-ready corn and tomatoes. Other important crops include sugarcane and many varieties of winter vegetables. Cattle and dairy products are important, as is commercial fishing, with the catch including crabs, lobsters, and shrimp.

Northern Florida features rolling hills, huge oaks dripping with Spanish moss, and picturesque horse farms.  Central Florida is a water sports lovers delight with numerous fresh water lakes dotting the landscape in between the many exciting family theme parks.


Southern Florida is in the sub-tropics and offers lush tropical plants, jungles, white sugar-sand beaches, and two of the most unique places on the planet:  the Everlades and the Keys.  

           Average climate in southwest Florida (1999): 

                          Temperature         Rainfall        Humidity
                          Low      High
January               72         50            2.28"             73%
February             74         52            2.95"             71%
March                  80         57            3.42"             71%
April                     84         61           1.43"              69%
May                     89         66            4.15"             69%
June                    91         71            6.78"             74%
July                     92         73            7.03"             76%
August                92         73            7.58"             76% 
September          90         72            5.57"             77%
October               85        66            1.95"             74%
November           78         58            2.05"             73%
December           73         53            2.18"             74%

                         Average annual rainfall:   53.64"
      Average water temperatures:   Annual 77.5 degrees F
              Spring/Summer temperature:   84.1 degrees F
                  Fall/Winter temperature:   70.8 degrees F


*Partial Information from Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition