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.