Fast Facts

Population:
17,019,068
Capital:
Tallahassee; 155,171
Area:
65,755 square miles (170,304 square kilometers)
Per Capita Income:
U.S. $29,559
Date Statehood Achieved:
March 3, 1845
Illustration: Florida Flag

This subtropical playground—long favored by retirees—is one of the fastest growing states. But nature suffers as life-giving wetlands are drained, overbuilding accelerates coastal erosion, and the drawing down of the water table causes saltwater intrusion and sinkholes. Miami, the bilingual gateway for Latin America, is more than half Hispanic—mostly Cuban. In central Florida, Sea World, Universal Studios, and Walt Disney World make big money. High-tech industry supplements tourism and agriculture, mainly citrus, tomatoes, landscaping plants, and sugarcane.

ECONOMY

  • Industry: Health services, business services, communications, banking, electronic equipment, insurance, tourism
  • Agriculture: Citrus, vegetables, field crops, nursery stock, cattle, dairy products

—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

Related Features

  • Picture of the Disney Boardwalk in Orlando, Florida

    Free Things to Do in Orlando

    The theme park capital has much more to offer than pricey entertainment and roller coasters, with heaps of activities—from art museums to animals—that won’t cost you a thing.

  • Photo: Sunset over swampy forest

    Family Trip: Everglades

    The Everglades Park provides visitors with the opportunities to view wildlife, fish, bird watch, canoe, and hike.

  • Picture of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument at dusk, Saint Augustine, Florida

    Best Trips 2013

    From St. Augustine to Uganda, Raja Ampat to Memphis, 20 wildly diverse places make our wanderlust list for the new year.

     

Take a Nat Geo Trip

Select a destination or trip type to find a trip:

See All Trips »

Join Nat Geo Travel's Communities




2014 Traveler Photo Contest

  • Picture of a scuba diver at Green Lake in Austria.

    See All Entries

    Browse all the submissions and check back for the winning images.