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Physical Map: Defined
In addition to country borders, major cities and significant bodies of water, Physical Maps indicate the location of landforms like deserts, mountains and plains. This type of map also displays major cities and regions. Physical Maps are commonly used to see elevation and land contours as well as major rivers and lakes.

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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Florida

Called the "Sunshine State," Florida is known for its balmy, sunny weather and beautiful beaches. Ponce de Leon, in search of the elusive fountain of youth, was the first European to explore Florida. St. Augustine, founded by the Spanish in 1565, is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. Statehood for Florida came in 1845. Florida's state flower is the orange blossom, which is particularly fitting because oranges are a main export of the state. Because of its shape and location, a long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida attracts millions of visitors each year to its many seaside resort areas. Its capital is Tallahassee.

   Miscellaneous    Florida

State Flower: Orange Blossom

State Motto: In God we trust

State Nickname: Sunshine State

State Bird: Mockingbird

   Geography    Florida

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 53,927

Length: 500 miles

Width: 160 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Jacksonville, 821,784
  2. Miami, 399,457
  3. Tampa, 335,709
  4. St. Petersburg, 244,769
  5. Orlando, 238,300
  6. Hialeah, 224,669
  7. Tallahassee, 181,376
  8. Fort Lauderdale, 165,521
  9. Port St. Lucie, 164,603
  10. Pembroke Pines, 154,750

Geographic Center: 12 miles north-northwest of Brooksville

Geographic Center County: Hernando

Highest Point: 345ft. — Britton Hill, Lakewood Park in Walton co.

Lowest Point: sea level — Atlantic Ocean

Number of counties: 67

State forests: 35

State parks: 151

Persons per square mile, 2010: 348.6

   People    Florida

Population, 2010: 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 17.60%
Population, 2000: 15,982,839
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.30%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 21.90%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 17.20%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.80%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 75.00%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 16.00%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.40%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 2.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 2.50%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 22.50%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 57.90%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 82.50%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 18.70%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 25.80%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 84.90%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 25.60%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 1,685,421
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 25.8

Housing units, 2009: 8,852,754
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 69.70%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 30.00%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $211,300

Households, 2005-2009: 7,076,539
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.52
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $26,503
Median household income, 2009: $44,755
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 15.00%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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