Facts about Florida

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Florida was admitted to United States as a State on March 3, 1845 (27th State)Governor - Charlie CristCapital - TallahasseeNickname - Sunshine StateState Flower - Orange Blossom(Click Here) for Florida symbolsNumber of Counties in Florida - 67Form 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 DistrictsMotto - (See Below)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------More Information--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Economy, State Spending & Taxes | Geography | History | Population | Taxes | Weather & Seasons | Other Interesting Facts--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Florida Economy, State Spending & TaxesGross State Product:$491 Billion (2001)$472 Billion (2000)Economy Strengths:International Trade (40% of all U.S. exports to Latin and South America pass through Florida)Tourism - with 76.8 million visitors in 2004 (a record number), Florida is the top travel destination in the world. The tourism industry has an economic impact of $57 billion on Florida’s economy.

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Space Industry - The space industry represents $4.5 billion of the state's economy. The average annual wage of aerospace workers is approximately $52,000. The number employed at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) alone is 15,000 and Florida ranks 4th among the states in overall aerospace employment with 23,000 jobs.

Agriculture – Florida leads the southeast in farm income.

Florida produces about 75% of the U.S. oranges and accounts for about 40% of the world's orange juce supply.

Construction - This industry's strength results from the steady stream of new residents and visitors who are welcomed to Florida each year.

Services - growth in high tech, financial & back office operationsSoftware - many small, entrepreneurial companiesHealth Technology (medical, biotech, laboratories)University Research - more than $500 million per year in sponsored research at Florida universities(Click Here) for...