State nickname – The Sunshine State (adopted in 1970)
State motto – In God We Trust
Population – 18,801,310 (2010 Census)
Population rank – 4th
Physical Size – 65,755 sq. mi.
Physical Size rank – 22nd
Population density – 353.4 per sq. mi.
Population density rank – 8th
Highest elevation or tallest building – Britton Hill, 345 ft.
Lowest elevation – Atlantic Ocean, sea level
Date Joined Union – March 3, 1845 (27th)
Adjoining states or countries – Gulf of Mexico, Alabama, Georgia, Atlantic Ocean
Flag Fact – On a white field emblazoned with a red X and the state seal, Florida’s state flag represents the land of sunshine, flowers, palm trees, rivers and lakes. The seal features a brilliant sun, a cabbage palmetto tree, a steamboat sailing and a Native American Seminole woman scattering flowers. The flag was adopted in 1899.
State bird – Mockingbird
State animal – Florida Panther
State marine mammal – Manatee
State mineral – N/A
State gem – Moonstone
State song – “Old Folks at Home”
State quarter – Released in 2004, the Florida state quarter incorporates a 16th-century Spanish galleon, a space shuttle, and the inscription “Gateway to Discovery.” A strip of land with Sabal palm trees is also depicted.
State seal – Adopted by state legislature in 1868. The seal features a shoreline on which aSeminolewoman is spreadinghibiscusflowers. Two of Florida’s State Tree, theSabal palm, are growing. In the background asteamboatsails before a sun breaking the horizon, with rays of sunlight extending into the sky. The seal is encircled with the words “Great Seal of the State of Florida”, and “In God we Trust”.
State insect – N/A
State fish – Largemouth Bass (freshwater), Sailfish (salt water)