Ten fun facts about Florida

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Fact 1
Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States and averages 10 deaths and 30 injuries per year from lightning. Lightning hits each square mile of Central Florida 40 times a year.

Fact 2
Orlando, Florida is the most visited tourist destination in the United States (2014) with more than 62 million visitors.

Fact 3
No matter where you are in Florida you are never more than 60 miles from the ocean.


Fact 4
Florida means "Feast of Flowers" in Spanish. However, the official Florida state nickname is "The Sunshine State".

Fact 5
The sports drink Gatorade were developed in Florida by a team of scientists in 1965 and was named after the University of Florida Gators.

Fact 6
Crystal River is the only place in North America where it is legal to have a supervised swim with gentle manatees.

Fact 7
The world's deepest freshwater spring is located in Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee.

Fact 8
Saint Augustine city of Florida is the oldest European settlement in North America. The settlement was founded by Pedro MenÚndez de AvilÚs in 1565 in what then was La Florida (a part of New Spain).

Fact 9
Annual Mug Race of Florida, founded in 1954, is the longest river sailboat race in the world. The race course starts in Palatka and ends in Jacksonville.

Fact 10
There are more than 30,000 lakes and over 1000 golf courses located in Florida. Florida is also home to the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum which is located in St. Augustine.


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Short about Florida
Is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States.


Fast facts
Number of households
7,147,013
Population
19,320,749
Per capita income
$26,451
Life expectancy in number of years
79.4
Statehood
March 3, 1845
Capital
Tallahassee
Largest city
Jacksonville
Number of billionaires
37
State beverage
Orange juice
State color
Orange, Red, and White
State bird
Northern mockingbird
State mammal
Florida panther
State fish
Florida largemouth bass
State tree
Sabal Palm
State flower
Orange blossom

Sources
Forbes Magazine - List of billionaires by US state
US Census Bureau - State and County QuickFacts
USNA - State Tree and Flower Chart