A Map of the U.S. state Florida

Florida Facts

  • U.S. State: Florida
  • Abbreviation: FL
  • Joined the USA: March 3rd, 1845 (27th State)
  • Located: Southeastern United States
  • Capital City: Tallahassee, FL
  • Most Populated City: Jacksonville, FL

32 Florida Facts for Kids

  1. Florida is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Florida is in the southeastern region of the United States.
  3. Florida became a U.S. state on Monday, March 3rd, 1845.
  4. Florida was the 27th state to join the United States.
  5. The U.S. state of Florida covers 65,757 square miles.
  6. Florida is the 22nd largest state by area in the United States.
  7. In 2019, the population of Florida was estimated to be 21,480,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  8. In 2019, Florida was the 3rd most populated state in the United States.
  9. A person who is from or lives in Florida is called a Floridian.
  10. The capital city of Florida is Tallahassee.
  11. The six most populated cities in Florida are Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Hialeah.
  12. The largest city by population in Florida is Jacksonville.
  13. The largest metropolitan area in Florida is the Greater Miami Area.
  14. The U.S. state of Florida has 67 counties.
  15. The most populated county in Florida is Miami-Dade County with 2,717,000 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  16. The largest county by area in Florida is Palm Beach County with 2,034 square miles.
  17. The highest elevation point in Florida is Britton Hill at 345 feet above sea level.
  18. The lowest elevation point in Florida is the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean which is at sea level.
  19. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Florida is 54.73 inches.
  20. Florida is the 4th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  21. The average temperature in the Florida is 71 °F.
  22. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Florida was -2 °F on February 13th, 1889.
  23. A few natural disasters that can affect Florida are hurricanes, lightning, thunderstorms and wildfires.
  24. Florida is the state most likely to be affected by an Atlantic hurricane in the United States.
  25. Florida is in two time zones, Central Time Zone (CT) and Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  26. The USPS abbreviation for Florida is FL.
  27. The nickname for the U.S. state of Florida is the “sunshine state”.
  28. The official state animal of Florida is the Florida panther (P. c. couguar).
  29. The official state bird of Florida is the mockingbird (Mimidae).
  30. The official state freshwater fish of Florida is the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides).
  31. The official state flower of Florida is the orange blossom (Citrus sinensis).
  32. Florida is home to the most famous entertainment complex in the world, Walt Disney World Resort.

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