What is Florida? Florida, The Sunshine State, is home to 20 million people, making it the fourth most populous state in the Union. Much of it occupies a lowland peninsular that is nowhere above 100m/340ft.
Florida. More detailed maps can be found in the Florida toolkit screen.
Florida's state capitol building in Tallahassee. The Old Capitol building at the front was built in 1845, and the New Capitol tower building (seen behind) was added in the 1970s.
Florida, nicknamed ‘The Sunshine State’, is home to 20 million people, making it the fourth most populous state in the Union. It is a large state, being bigger than many countries. It is, for example, bigger than England.
Florida is the most southeasterly state in the United States,and the most southeasterly part of North America. It is mostly a long peninsular, with the Gulf of Mexico to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
A small part of Florida also stretches westwards along the Gulf Coast to join with Alabama. This part is called the ‘panhandle’. Florida is also very close to many Caribbean countries, especially The Bahamas and Cuba, and can expect growth as these countries begin to trade more with the United States.
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