Florida is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is the third most populous state in the country and the 22nd largest by land area. Florida is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the states of Alabama and Georgia to the north. The state's capital is Tallahassee and its largest city is Jacksonville.
Geography[edit | edit source]
Florida's geography is marked by a coastline, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. The state has a diverse range of ecosystems, including marshes, forests, and the unique Everglades.
Climate[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Florida was first inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Timucua, the Calusa, and the Apalachee. It was later colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, before becoming a part of the United States in 1821.
Economy[edit | edit source]
Florida's economy is one of the largest in the United States, with key sectors including tourism, agriculture, and aerospace. The state is known for its production of oranges and is home to many major companies, including Disney World and NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Demographics[edit | edit source]
Florida has a diverse population, with a large number of retirees and immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean. The state's largest ethnic group is non-Hispanic whites, followed by Hispanics and African Americans.
Education[edit | edit source]
Florida has a strong education system, with numerous public and private universities, colleges, and technical schools. The state's largest university is the University of Florida, and its most prestigious is the University of Miami.
Healthcare[edit | edit source]
Florida has a robust healthcare system, with a large number of hospitals and medical centers. The state is home to some of the country's top medical institutions, including the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and the University of Miami Health System.
Culture[edit | edit source]
Florida's culture is a blend of Southern, Caribbean, and Latin American influences. The state is known for its vibrant arts scene, diverse cuisine, and popular festivals and events.
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