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Florida Almanac

The Florida Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Florida.

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The United States Census Bureau, July 10, 2001.
Florida. F. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 244. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union March 3, 1845
Capital Tallahassee, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Sunshine State, The Alligator State, The Everglades State, [ Find out more... ]
Motto In God We Trust, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 65,758 square miles Rank among states 22nd
Land area 52,997 square miles Rank among states 26th
Water area 11,761 square miles Rank among states 3rd
Greatest distance East to West 465 miles
Greatest distance North to South 450 miles
Highest point 345 feet (in Walton County) Rank among states 50th
Lowest point Sea level (Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico) Rank among states 3rd
Mean elevation 100 feet Rank among states 49th
Highest recorded temperature 109 degrees on June 29, 1931 at Monticello
Lowest recorded temperature -2 degrees on February 13, 1899 at Tallahassee
Highest monthly average temperature 91.7 degrees Rank among states 15th
Lowest monthly average temperature 39.9 degrees Rank among states 50th
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 54 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
15,982,378 Rank among states 4th
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
301.57 Rank among states 8th
Ten largest cities by population
State Capital in red
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Jacksonville 735,617 6. Orlando 185,951
2. Miami 362,470 7. Fort Lauderdale 152,397
3. Tampa 303,447 8. Tallahassee 150,624
4. St. Petersburg 248,232 9. Hollywood 139,357
5. Hialeah 226,419 10. Pembroke Pines 137,427
Median age 36.4
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 74.00 Rank among states 22nd
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 8,351.0 Rank among states 2nd
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people 1,206.0 Rank among states 2nd
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people 7,145.0 Rank among states 2nd
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$27,764 Rank among states 23rd
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$23,838 Rank among states 22nd
Median household income (1993) $28,550 Rank among states 36th

Additional Information

Florida Almanac: 2012

Florida Almanac: 2012, Edited by Bernie McGovern. 592 pages. Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company (Release Date: 6/30/2012)

This new and improved edition contains updated statistics on all the topics found in the past annuals, plus a new hurricane survival guide. Facts are easy to locate, with all of the subjects covered listed in a table of contents and in a detailed index.

This almanac works as a combination atlas, directory, tourist guide, reference manual, and history book—all in one. In addition to listings of national memorials, monuments, and landmarks, this volume contains road maps of each county, charts of rivers and waterways, and facts about Florida’s geography and climate.

For those who are visiting the state, there are sections on major attractions, annual festivals, state parks, and lodging as well as regulations for boating, fishing, and hunting. The chapters on education, crime, residency, taxes, and utilities will be invaluable to people who are considering moving to Florida. Anyone interested in the history and settlement of the Sunshine State will appreciate the facts about Native American cultures and the chronology of major events in Florida’s past.

Florida Almanac: 2007-2008

Florida Almanac: 2007-2008, Edited by Bernie McGovern. 496 pages. Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company; 16 edition (February 28, 2007)

This complete reference book includes everything that anyone would want to know about the Sunshine State. First published in 1975, Florida Almanac gains popularity with each annual edition, as Florida natives, visitors, and new residents discover the extensive and accurate knowledge it provides. From basic history and tourist information to obscure facts, such as the size of the largest squash grown, this book has it all. After reading the list of derivatives for the name of each Florida county, the Lake City Reporter called a previous edition of this book "indispensable" and described it as containing "just about everything you ever wanted to know about Florida--and a good deal of information you probably never really thought about."

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