Florida State Facts and History

Florida Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Ron DeSantis (Republican)
  • Capital: Tallahassee
  • Population: 21,477,73 (2019 est.)
  • Residents: Alaskan
  • Land Area: 53,624.76 sq km
  • Water Area: 12,132.94 sq km
  • Total Area: 65,757.70 SQ KM
  • Width: 361 mi (582 km)
  • Length: 447 mi (721 km)
  • State Motto: “In God We Trust”
  • Nickname: Sunshine State
  • Electoral votes: 3
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 25 (of 435)
  • State Song: “Swanee River”
  • Date of Statehood: March 3, 1845
  • Time Zone: Central (GMT − 6 hours)
  • Official Website of Florida: flgov.com
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: FL
  • Origin of name: Florida in recognition of the verdant landscape and because it was the Easter season, which the Spaniards called Pascua Florida (Festival of Flowers).

Florida State Slogan

The official state slogan of Florida:

In God We Trust” – 

Florida’s first state motto, “In God is our Trust.” In 2006, “In God We Trust” was officially designated in state statute as Florida’s motto.


Flag of Florida

Flag of Florida

The flag of Florida has been used since May 21, 1985. Flag has two red Saint Andrew’s Cross on a white background with the state seal superimposed on the center.

State Bird of Florida

State Bird of Florida

Northern mockingbirds is the official state bird of Florida. It can sing up to 200 songs including other birds, insect and amphibian sounds

State Seal of Florida

State Seal of Florida

The Great Seal of the State of Florida is used to represent the government of the state of Florida. In 1868, Legislature established the basic design for Florida’s State Seal.

State Flower of Florida

State Flower of Florida

Orange Blossom is the official state flower of Florida. It is one of the most fragrant flowers in Florida.

State Butterfly of Florida

State Butterfly of Florida

Zebra Longwing is the State Butterfly of Florida. It is common butterfly in south Florida. In 1996 the state legislature designated the zebra longwing as the official state butterfly.

State Fruit of Florida

State Fruit of Florida

Orange is the official state fruit of Florida. These fruits are the most valuable agricultural commodity of the Florida.

State Tree of Florida

State Tree of Florida

Sabal Palm is the official state tree of Florida. in 1953, Florida designated the sabal palmetto palm (Sabal palmetto) as the official state tree.

animal equine head horse

State Horses of Florida

The Florida Cracker Horse, also known as the Chickasaw Pony is the official state horse of Florida.

State Fish of Florida

State Freshwater Fish

Largemouth Bass is the official freshwater fish of Florida. In 1975, the Florida legislature designated largemouth bass as the official state freshwater fish.

Map of Florida

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