Interesting Facts about Florida
The southernmost state of the United States of America, Florida is the 3rd most populous state. It has the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Alabama to the northwest. Florida is one of the most reputable states of the United States, boasting of a strong economy and a dense population. Below are some interesting facts that you may not have known about Florida.
Population: In terms of population, Florida was among the top ten fastest growing populations in the United States. The state has a population of more than 20 million people. The population is diverse consisting of many retirees, immigrants and people born in other states. The population doubled since the late ‘80s.
Golf: The state of Florida has a pretty rich history of golf. The world Golf Hall of Fame and Museum is hosted in the state. It is also home to the most golf courses throughout the country.
Alligators and Crocodiles: Florida’s wildlife diversity is quite unique. It is only in the Florida Everglades that you can find crocs and gators living together.
Agriculture: Florida is an agriculturally productive state. It is currently the country’s largest producer of watermelons. Besides melons, the state also produces significant amounts of sugar, strawberries and tomatoes.
History: Under the military governorship of General Andrew Jackson, Florida officially became part of the United States territory in 1821.
Spanish Influence: The state is considerably influenced by the Spanish language. The name Florida means ”land of flowers” in Spanish. Punta Gorda is also a Spanish name that means “fat point”. The name is associated with the broad land mass in Punta Gorda that extends into the Charlotte Harbor. This can be attributed to the fact that the first contact with the state was made by Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer.
Spring Training: Florida of course is home to high levels of baseball at the youth and high school level, college level, and right up through the highest levels of professional baseball. One of the flagship seasons each year for Florida is MLB Spring Training. During MLB Spring Training most of the teams in Major League Baseball spend about two months in Florida preparing for the long and rigorous baseball season. This includes the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Another chunk of teams, to include the Los Angeles Dodgers, spend spring training in Arizona.
Geography: A peninsula, Florida is almost totally surrounded by water. The state is only bordered by two other states, Georgia and Alabama. Being a peninsula, every geographic location in the state is less than 100 km closer to the ocean.
Performing Arts: Florida has a vibrant Performing Arts community. The two main centers of activity for live theatre and dance are the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and the Ziff Opera House in Miami.
Sports: Florida is one of the largest states by both population and geography, so there are literally dozens of NCAA level colleges that compete in athletics. The most noteworthy are the University of Miami Hurricanes, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, and University Of Central Florida Knights.
There are several professional sports teams as well in Florida.
Walt Disney World Resort: The popular Disney World is located in the state of Florida. It is the world’s largest and most visited recreational resort. The resort was established in 1971. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Orlando.