Florida State Facts – Part II

  1. State tree – Sabal Pal
  2. State flower – Orange Blossom
  3. State beverage – Orange Juice
  4. State shell – Horse Conch
  5. State stone – Agatized Coral
  6.  Largest Cities – Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Orlando
  7.  At 345 feet above sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida, and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state.
  8. As no tectonic plate lines lie in Florida, there are no mountains in the state.
  9. Much of the state of Florida is situated on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Straits of Florida.
  10.  The Everglades in southern Florida is an enormously wide, very slow-flowing river.
  11. Spanning two time zones, Florida’s land extends northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico
  12. Weather – Florida has four different Koppen climate classifications across the state. North and Central Florida has a humid subtropical climate, while South Florida has an equatorial rainforest climate, equatorial monsoon climate, and equatorial savannah climate.
  13. Weather- Florida has a defined rainy season from June through September, which put Florida at risk of tropical cyclones and thunderstorms.
  14. Weather – Florida is one of the most tornado-prone states in the United States, with only Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma reporting more storms.
  15. Weather – Between October and May, fronts regularly sweep through the state, keeping conditions dry.
  16. Weather – Hurricanes pose a severe threat to Florida during hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30.
  17. Weather – Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in the country.
  18. In 2008, Florida had 47,500 commercial farms, utilizing 9.25 million acres to continue to produce a variety of food products.
  19. Florida produces 70% of the annual US production of citrus.
  20. Oranges are Florida’s top leading crop financially yielding $1.64 billion in 2005.
  21. Florida ranks 2nd in US production of fresh vegetables and provides 80% of the fresh vegetables consumed in the US during January, February, and March each year.
  22.  In 2008 Florida had 47,500 commercial farms, using a total of 9.25 million acres. There were 5,300 farms with sales exceeding $100,000. The average farm size was 195 acres. The number of farms in Florida has increased by 2,500 over the past 10 years.
  23. Florida beef production ranks 4th in states located east of the Mississippi and 12th in the United States.
  24. Florida is consistently ranked in the top 12 states in fresh seafood production.
  25. Florida Thoroughbred industry has produced 41 North American champions. 18 breeders cup winners and a Triple Crown-winner.