Florida Facts: 44 Interesting Facts About Florida

Last updated on November 24th, 2019

41. Mechanical refrigeration was invented in Florida in 1851 by Dr. John Gorrie.[12]

42. In Florida, it is illegal to confine a pregnant pig to a cage.[13]

43. According to a law in Florida, it is mandatory for all doors to open outward in public buildings.[13]

44. Florida and California each produce fresh market tomatoes on 30,000-40,000 acres every year, which is equal to two-thirds of U.S. tomato acreage. Florida is the second-largest tomato producing state.[14]

Florida – Quick facts and State symbols

State AbbreviationFL
Table last updatedMay 13, 2019
State CapitalTallahassee
Largest cityJacksonville
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 65,755 sq miles; Land Only: 53,927 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodMarch 3, 1845
State rank by population3rd
State rank by date of formation27th
State rank by area22nd
Number of Counties67
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DemonymFloridian, Floridan
Bordering StatesAlabama, Georgia
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointBritton Hill
345 ft (105 m)
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
Sea level
Mean elevation100 feet above sea level
Length 447 miles (721 km)
Width361 miles (582 km)
National ParksBiscayne National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
GovernorRon DeSantis (R)
Electoral Votes29
State MottoIn God We Trust
State NicknameSunshine State
Everglade State
Orange State
% Water17.9
Nobel Prize WinnersGeorge F. Smoot (Physics, 2006)
Famous PeopleDerrick Brooks (Linebacker. Inducted in 2014),
Tim Raines (Left Fielder. Inducted in 2017),
Mitch Richmond (Guard. Inducted in 2014),
William H. Macy (Actor)
Festival"Calle Ocho-Open House 8"
Song"Old Folks at Home"
Anthem"Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)"
State Fresh Water FishFlorida largemouth bass
State GemMoonstone
State FlowerOrange blossom
State BirdMockingbird
State Marine MammalFlorida manatee
State Salt Water MammalPorpoise (dolphin)
State TreeSabal palm
State WildflowerState Wildflower
State HorseFlorida Cracker Horse
State ButterflyZebra longwing
State ReptileAmerican alligator
(salt water)
Loggerhead sea turtle
State ShellHorse conch
StoneAgatized coral
Longitude80° 02' W to 87° 38' W
Latitude24° 27' N to 31° 00' N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone
Area Codes239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 561, 689, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 850, 863, 904, 927, 941, 954