is a southeastern US state located on a peninsula bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Alabama and Georgia border Florida to the north. It was admitted as the 27th state in 1845, but during the Civil War it seceded from the Union before being readmitted in 1868. It has since become one of the fastest growing states in the US, buoyed in part by tourism which is a major industry, with the iconic Disney World being a major attraction.
In addition to tourism, Florida’s economy is supported by a variety of other industries including citrus fruit production, vegetable farming, electronics manufacturing, and aerospace engineering. The Kennedy Space Center, based at Cape Canaveral, is a major employer in the state and also plays an important role in the Caribbean region. Aside from economic pursuits, there are many recreational areas to explore throughout the state, such as Everglades National Park.
Nicknamed the “Sunshine State,” Floriday is home to over 21 million people (with an estimated 22 million by 2022). The official state motto is “In God We Trust” and the state bird is the northern mockingbird. The state flower is the orange blossom and its state song is “Swanee River.” Representation in the US House of Representatives includes 25 seats out of 435. The two official time zones are Central (GMT -6 hours) and Eastern (GMT -5 hours). In terms of area, the state covers 65,757 square miles (170,311 square kilometers).
- LeMoyne Arts - a local arts organization dedicated to promoting and advancing education, interest and participation in the visual arts
- Theatre Tallahassee - a local theatre providing a variety of performances and educational opportunities
- Florida State Seminoles - the official athletic site of the Florida State Seminoles
- Tallahassee City Government - official website of the city of Tallahassee, providing municipal information and services
- Florida State University - a public research university located in Tallahassee
- Tallahassee Museum - featuring a range of exhibits, the Tallahassee Museum presents the regions natural and cultural history