Florida Facts

Total Area: 58,560 square miles
Coastline: 1,197 statute miles
Beaches: 663 miles
Admitted to U.S. as State: March 3, 1845 (27th state)
Capital: Tallahassee
Population 1990: 12,937,926 (Rank 4th)
Population 1980: 9,739,992
Population growth rate 1980-90: 32.83%
Most populous metropolitan area 1990: Tampa Bay-Ft. Lauderdale: 3,192,582
State sales tax: 6%
State income tax: None

Florida State Symbols
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Animal: Panther
State Marine Mammal: Manatee
State Saltwater Mammal: Porpoise
State Freshwater Fish: Largemouth Bass
State Saltwater Fish: Sailfish
State Butterfly: Zebra Longwing
State Reptile: Alligator
State Flower: Orange Blossom
State Wildflower: Coreopsis
State Tree: Sabal Palmetto Palm
State Stone: Agatized Coral
State Shell: Horse Conch
State Soil: Myakka fine sand
State Gemstone: Moonstone
State Beverage: Orange Juice
State Play: "Cross and Sword" written by Paul Green
State Song: "The Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)" written by Stephen C. Foster
State Motto: In God we trust
Origin of State Name: The Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León called the region La Florida, roughly translated as Land of the Flowers, when he visited it in 1513.
Nickname for State: The Sunshine State. The State nickname reflects the economic importance of its climate, which has been called its most important natural resource.
Nickname for residents: Floridians

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