January 27, 2007 — Leanne Paynter
Florida Capital: Tallahassee
Number of Counties in Florida: 67
Florida became the 27th state of the U.S. in 1845.
The estimated population of Florida as of 2006 is just over 18 million
and approximately 1,000 people move to Florida every day!
Florida is the 4th most populated state in the U.S.
Florida’s Major Industries: tourism is first, followed by agriculture,
then banking, electronics, plastics, construction, and real estate.
Florida has 1197 miles of coastline and 663 miles of beaches.
The highest point in Florida is Britton Hill which is located in Lakewood, FL
(Walton County) and is Florida’s highest elevation at 345 feet above sea level.
Florida’s geographic center is 12 miles NW of Brooksville, FL (Hernando County).
The St. Johns River (the longest river in Florida) measures 273 miles.
Lake Okeechobee (the largest lake in Florida) is 700 square miles.