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Florida State Information

What is the largest city of Florida?
Jacksonville is the largest city of the state of Florida. The estimated population of the city is 821,784; it is the eleventh-most populated US city. The city covers a total land area of 885 square miles.

How big is Florida?
Florida ranks twenty-second in size among the 50 US states. The total boundary length of Florida is 1,799 miles.

What is the population of Florida?
According to the 2009 census, Florida's population is an estimated 18,537,969. It is the fourth-most populated state in the United States.

When did Florida achieve statehood?
Florida is the twenty-seventh state of the United States of America. It has a long history of foreign conquests and wars. The state had been occupied by the Spanish and the French forces since the sixteenth century, until the United States made it a part of its territory in 1821, with Andrew Jackson as the military governor. Florida was admitted to United States on March 3, 1845. In 1861, it joined the other southern states to form the Confederate States of America.



Who are the political leaders of Florida?
Governor: Rick Scott
Lieutenant Governor: Jennifer Carroll

What is the official language of Florida?
English is the official language of the state of Florida, and is spoken by seventy-five percent of the population. Spanish and French Creole are the other languages used.

What is the religion of Florida?
Florida is largely Protestant, with forty-eight percent people following the sect. There are other religious affiliations as well: Roman Catholics (26%), Baptists (9%), Methodists (6%), Pentecostals ( 3%), Jews (3%), Jehovah's Witnesses (1%), and Muslims (1%). Sixteen percent of the state population claims to be non-religious.

What is the economy of Florida like?
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Florida in 2007 was $734.5 billion. Tourism is the most important industry, contributing $57 billion to the economy of the United States. More than 75 million tourists visit the state every year. Agriculture is the second-largest industry in Florida. Oranges, grapes, tangerines and other citrus fruits are a major part of the economy. Green beans, sweet corns, potatoes, sugar cane and strawberries are the other crops. The state has a sizeable aerospace industry, contributing $4.5 billion to the economy. Mining is the third-largest industry of Florida. The largest deposits of potash in the United States are found in this state. It is one of the seven US states that do not impose a personal income tax.

What are the symbols of the state of Florida?
State bird: The Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) was designated as the state bird by the Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3 of the 1927 legislative session. It is also the state bird of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

State flower: The Orange blossom (Citrus sinensis), one of the most fragrant flowers, is the state flower. It was designated the state flower by the 1909 legislature.

State animal: The Florida Panther (Felis concolor coryi) is the state animal chosen in 1982 by a vote of students. It has been the most endangered species since 1967 and on the state's endangered list since 1973.

What are the famous places in Florida?
Florida has many beautiful places which attract millions of tourists to the state every year. Jacksonville, Sanibel Island, Kennedy Space Center, Miami Beach, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and many other beaches are world-famous. Miami Beach is the most popular hotspot in the United States with hundreds of clubs, restaurants and oceanfront hotels. Port Canaveral offers adventurous parasailing rides.

Car Rental in Florida
Car rental is the most practical option for transportation in Florida. Here car rental is offered by many companies, you will find one to suit your budget. Using public transport can be time consuming and also costs more. So, use a hired car to travel in the state of Florida. Depending on your requirement you can get a small car, mid-sized car or a big car from the car rental company in Florida.

Given below are names of some of the popular car rental companies operating in Florida:
  • Hertz
  • Avis Rent a Car
  • Alamo Rent-A-Car
  • Thrifty Car Rental
  • National Car Rental
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Miss Florida Teen USA Pageant
Miss Florida Teen USA pageant is an event held to select the state's representative at the Miss Teen USA. This contest is open to all women between the ages of 13-18; they must be citizens of United States and residents of Florida for 6 months.

Miss Florida USA
Miss Florida USA is a very famous contest in USA. The beauty pageant is not only a competition it is also a celebration of the cultural and the tradition and also of the inner talent of the contestants.

It is not very easy to participate in this competition. The participants must qualify as the Miss Florida USA delegate in the state competition. Cristin Duran, the 24-year-old beauty, has been crowned as the Miss Florida USA 2006. She is also the Miss Emerald Coast USA. Cristin also won the award for Miss Florida Teen USA in 1997. Total 47 girls competed for the contest.