Florida Info & Facts

Capitol City: Tallahassee

Governor: Rick Scott

Location: 30.457N, 84.281W

Area: 65758 sq.mi., 22th   Land 53997 sq.mi., 26th   Water 11761 sq.mi., 3rd   Coastline 1350 mi., 2nd   Shoreline 8,426 mi., 2nd

Nickname: The Sunshine State

Florida Weather & Seasons:

Florida is known around the world for its balmy weather. The state’s mild winters have made it a haven for retirees. Summers can be long and hot with showers providing much appreciated relief during the rainy season. Coastal areas also experience gentle breezes during the summer.

Average Annual Temperatures:

80.5 (F) degrees (26.9 C) (North Florida)
82.7 (F) degrees (28.2 C) (South Florida)

53.0 (F) degrees (11.7 C) (North Florida)
68.5 (F) degrees (20.3 C) (South Florida)

The six-month hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and Floridians have learned to be ready when a storm threatens the area. More Information: National Hurricane Center

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Form of Government: Governor and independent cabinet consisting of Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, Commissioner of Agriculture. (Click Here) for additional information on Florida’s cabinet process.

Legislature: 120 House Districts, 40 Senate Districts, 23 Congressional Districts

Florida Taxes: Florida ranks low in terms of the tax burden placed on residents. Based on income, property and other state and local tax collections, the Tax Foundation research organization ranks Florida among the lowest tax states (Florida ranks #45 among the 50 states in 2004; only five states have a lower tax burden).

State Sales Tax – 6%

Corporate Tax – 5.5%

State Income Tax – None

Florida Population

Population Rank – 4th in U.S. behind California, Texas & New York

Florida population estimates:

Florida’s Population (2011) – 19,057,542

Florida’s Population (2003) – 17,019,068
Florida’s Population (2002) – 16,713,149
Florida’s Population (2001) – 16,396,515
Florida’s Population (2000) – 15,982,378
Population (1990) – 12,937,926
Population (1980) – 9,746,961
Population Growth Rate (1990-2000) – 23.5%

Number of Counties in Florida: 67

Total State Population: 18,801,310 (2010)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census

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Other Interesting Florida Facts

Number of people who move to Florida each day – 1,000

Number of major commercial airports – 19

Number of international airports – 12

Number of deepwater ports – 14

Miles of sand beaches – 1,200

Miles of coastline – 1,800

Number of golf courses – more than 1,250
-Florida has more golf courses than any other state
-Palm Beach County has more golf courses than any other county in the country

Number of hotel rooms in Florida – more than 370,000

Number of campgrounds – 700 (100,000 campsites)

Number of people who camp in Florida each year – 6 million

Sources: Florida Dept. of State; Visit Florida; U.S. Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic & Business Research (University of Florida); State of Florida.com research.