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Florida •Economy •Fun •Beaches •Shopping •Population •Language •What to see in Florida

• Florida is a state located in the Southeastern Unites States, bordering Alabama and Georgia. Florida was admitted as the 27th U.S. state in 1845, after a three hundred year period of European rule. • With an area of 170,305 km2, it is ranked 22nd in size among the 50 U.S. states. Florida has the longestcoastline in the contiguous United States, approximately 2,170 km.

Florida is nicknamed the "Sunshine State" because of its generally warm Climate, with a true tropical climate in the southern portion. The state population was 18,537,969 in 2009. Tallahassee is the state capital, Jacksonville is the largest city.

• Florida has the 4th highest state population in the United States. • Abouttwo-thirds of the population was born in another state, the second highest in the country. • The state had the third largest illegal immigrant population in the country in 2009. In 2010, illegal immigrants constituted an estimated 5.7% of the population. This was the sixth highest percentage of any state in the country.

• Languages As of 2000, 76.91% of Florida residents age 5 and older spokeEnglish at home as a first language, while 16.46% spoke Spanish, and French Creole (predominantly

• Economy • Launch of Space Shuttle Columbia from the Kennedy Space Center. • The Port of Miami is the world's largest cruise ship port, and is the headquarters of many of the world's largest cruise companies. • The Brickell Financial District in Miami contains the largest concentration ofinternational banks in the U.S. • South Florida's climate is ideal for growing sugarcane. • The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Florida in 2007 was $734.5 billion. Its GDP is the fourth largest economy in the United States.


Tourism makes up the largest sector of the state economy. Warm weather and hundreds of miles of beaches attract about 60 million visitors to the state every year.Amusement parks, especially in the Orlando area, make up a significant portion of tourism. The Walt Disney World Resort is the largest vacation resort in the world, consisting of four theme parks and more than 20 hotels in Lake Buena Vista, Florida; and Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and other major parks drive state tourism. Many beach towns are also popular tourist destinations,particularly in the winter months. 23.2 million tourists visited Florida beaches in 2000, spending $21.9 billion.

Top 15 Things To Do in Florida

1. Xtreme Indoor Karting Xtreme Indoor Karting is one of the fastest indoor go-karting tracks in the country.

2. Everglades Alligator Farm Visit the everglades, Florida's last natural reserves. Ride one of our fantastic guided airboat tours.Come see some of the 2,000 gators on the farm, and you'll know why this is the oldest surviving alligator farm in South Florida.

3. National Museum of Naval Aviation The National Museum of Naval Aviation is one of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world. Share in the excitement of Naval Aviation's rich

4. Museum of Discovery and Science The museum features 85,000square feet of interactive hands-on exhibits. You can also see the world's largest living captive Atlantic coral reef on public display. The museum is also home to the Blockbuster IMAX Theater.

5. Disney World Composed of four theme parks and two water parks, Walt Disney World is your premiere Orlando, FL vacation destination! Play along with Mickey Mouse and all of his pals at Magic Kingdom.Explore new cultures and technology at Epcot. Experience movies, television, and Hollywood glamour of yesterday and today

6. Universal Orlando
•Visit Universal Orlando! Comprised of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, Universal is the one destination where you not only see your favorite characters of film, movies, music, and more… but you experience it first-hand! Ride out the...
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