1. In 1821, Florida became a U.S. Territory with General Andrew Jackson as military governor.
2. Over 18 percent of Florida’s area is covered with water.
3. Tallahassee is the capital of Florida.
4. Florida is also known as “the sunshine state”.
5. Most of the people think that Florida is the southernmost U.S. state, but it’s not true, Hawaii is the southernmost.
6. Tourism is the largest industry in Florida.
7. Jacksonville is the largest city of Florida.
8. Florida is a peninsula, that means it is almost surrounded by water.
9. 1,000 people move each day to Florida.
10. The meaning of “Florida” is “flowery” is Spanish.
11. Florida Has the Only Museum in the US Dedicated to Japan and Japanese Culture.
12. Agriculture is the second largest industry in the state after tourism.
13. Florida has the highest number of a golf course in the U.S.
14. there are about 1,300 golf courses in Florida.
15. The state got its name from explorer Ponce de Leon, who called it La Florida, or “the flowery place.”
16. Florida is probably the only state in the nation whose constitution is reviewed every twenty years.
17. The population of Florida is 20.98 million.
18. It is third most-populated state of U.S.
19. The GDP of Florida is 967.3 billion USD.
20. Florida is mostly flat. It is less than 100 feet above sea level.
21. The population of the capital of Florida is only 191,049.
22. The largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee.
23. The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art in Coral Gables is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation, diffusion, and promotion of Hispanic and Latin American Art.
24. Miami installed the first bank ATM, especially for rollerbladers.
25. Any place in Florida is at distance not more than 60 miles (100 km) from the ocean.
26. Florida produces 70% of the U.S. oranges.
27. There is only one state embassy in Washington and that is Florida House.
28. Florida supplies 40% of the world’s orange juice.
29. The Walt Disney World Resort is in Florida. It is the planet’s most visited and biggest recreational resort.
30. Florida is also home to the world’s most dangerous tree – the Manchineel tree.
31. Florida is the flattest state in the USA.
32. The South Florida Museum houses the world’s largest collection of fossilized poop.
33. Benjamin Green, a Miami pharmacist, invented first suntan lotion.
34. A quarter of all phosphate mined on the planet is in Florida.
35. Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and a Withlacoochee in central Florida.
36. Florida was Spanish territory for 280 years, which is longer than the U.S. has officially existed.
37. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States that borders with two national parks.
38. Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits, strawberries, watermelons, tomatoes, snap beans, cucumbers, and sugar.
39. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States.
40. A museum in Sanibel owns 2 million shells and probably the world’s only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
41. In 1982 the Florida Keys declared themselves independent under the name “The Conch Republic”. This lasted two minutes.
42. Florida has a museum of poop. The South Florida Museum has the world’s largest collection of fossilized poo.
43. The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.
44. The US city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater, Florida.
45. From Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA’s first communication satellite—Echo 1–was launched on August 12, 1960.
46. Palm Beach County’s beaches are home to around 16,000 turtle nests.
47. Venice, FL is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Hunting for fossilized shark teeth is a treasured pastime of the visitors and residents.
48. Florida has the highest percentage of people over 65.
49. During the 1991 Gulf War Jacksonville was the busiest military port.
50. Port Miami is the largest passenger port in the world, and one of the largest cargo ports in the United States.
51. In 2009, the United States Census Bureau estimated that Florida’s population spent 49.1% of personal income on housing expenses.
52. The Jacksonville football stadium, called EverBank Field, is one of the largest and grandest stadiums in all of Florida.
53. Mechanical refrigeration was the invention of Dr. John Gorrie in Florida in 1851.
54. Florida only borders with two states Alabama, Georgia.
55. The state is the largest producer of sweet corn and green beans in the United States.
56. South Florida is the only place on earth where alligators and crocodiles coexist in the wild.
57. Carrabelle, Florida is home to the world’s smallest police station, it’s literally an old telephone booth
58. Plant City is also known as winter strawberry capital of the world. It hosts the annual Florida Strawberry Festival in the late winter.
59. Florida is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
60. The highest point of Florida is Britton Hill (105 m).