Nicknamed the “Sunshine State” and known for its temperate weather and citrus fruit production, especially oranges and grapefruits, Florida is the southernmost state in the United States. Lying on a peninsula, Florida separates the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and shares a northern border with Georgia and Alabama. Florida is the most populous of the southeastern states with a population of over 21 million. Its capital is Tallahassee and its biggest city is Jacksonville, with Miami following closely behind. Since the 20th century, tourism has been Florida’s biggest industry and millions of visitors flock to this popular destination each year.

Characterized by its remarkable low-lying geography, Florida has a shoreline that spans more than 8,000 miles. Only Alaska has a longer coastline in the United States. The region is generally flat and swampy and dotted with beautiful beaches and grassy wetlands. Thousands of plant and tree species and varied wildlife, especially birds and reptiles exist in Florida. The Florida alligator is an iconic unofficial symbol of the state and its state reptile.

Florida is known for its huge immigrant population, especially from Spain and other Latin-American countries like Cuba. To this day, the state boasts a substantial Spanish-speaking community. Florida contains ample state-supported universities and community colleges, making for easy commutes and access for residents. It is also full of cultural attractions like Walt Disney World to Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Everglades National Park, numerous museums, and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Sources: Brittannica, History


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