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

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