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State in the South-Eastern United States

  • Florida is the 22nd most extensive, the 4th most populous, and the 8th most densely populated of the 50 United States.
  • Tallahassee is its state capital.
  • It is the only state that has two rivers with the same name. River Withlacoochee is located in north central Florida (Madison County) as well as in central Florida.
  • The state animal is the Florida panther.
  • The official state marine mammal is the manatee.
  • The highest point in the state in Walton County in the Florida panhandle is only 345 feet above sea level.
  • The state has 1197 statute miles of coastline and 663 miles of beaches.
  • The River St. Johns, the longest river in Florida, is one of the few rivers in the U.S. that flows northward to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The state got its given its name by Juan Ponce de Leon when he first set foot in Florida in 1513. He landed at what is now St. Augustine.
  • Florida's early name is La Florida to mean the "Land of Flowers."
  • The largest banyan tree in the United States, and third largest in the world, is located in Fort Meyers next to Thomas Edison's home.
  • It has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States,
  • The 2004 hurricanes has put a cumulatively cost the state's economy $42 billion.
  • The recycling rate in Florida is estimated at 28% in 2000.
  • It ranks 45th out of 50 states in total energy consumption per capita.
  • Allen West is the first black Republican Congressman from Florida since Josiah T. Walls left office in 1876 near the end of Reconstruction.
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