Florida State Facts and Symbols

Florida became the 27th state in 1845 and is the 3rd largest state by population with over 21.3 million residents. It is also the 26th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 65,755 square miles. Jacksonville, which is Florida's largest city, is the nation's 13th largest city with a population of approximately 800,000 people. Florida is home to the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine.

Spanish explorer, Ponce de León, arrived near present day St. Augustine in 1513. He named the area "la Florida" (feast of the flowers) in honor of Pascua Florida, Spain's Eastertime celebration.

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the Florida State Quarter.



Florida State Flag

Florida State Flag


Florida State Facts

Florida State Capital - Tallahassee

State Nickname - The Sunshine State

State Motto - "In God We Trust"

State Flower - Orange Blossom

State Wildflower - Coreopsis

State Tree - Sabal Palm

State Bird - Mockingbird

State Butterfly - Zebra Longwing

State Animal - Florida Panther

State Reptile - Alligator

State Freshwater Fish - Largemouth Bass

State Saltwater Fish - Sailfish

State Saltwater Mammal - Porpoise or Dolphin

State Marine Mammal - Manatee

State Shell - Horse Conch

State Gemstone - Moonstone

State Rock or Stone - Agatized Coral

State Soil - Myakka Fine Sand

State Beverage - Orange Juice



Florida State Map:

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Florida State Map


Florida State Song:

The Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)
By Stephen C. Foster

Way down upon the Suwannee River,
Far, far away,
There’s where my heart is turning ever,
There’s where the old folks stay.
All up and down the whole creation,
Sadly I roam,
Still longing for my childhood station,
And for the old folks at home.
Chorus
All the world is sad and dreary
Everywhere I roam.
O dear ones, how my heart grows weary,
Far from the old folks at home.
2nd verse
All ‘round the little farm I wander’d,
When I was young;
Then many happy days I squander’d,
Many the songs I sung.
When I was playing with my brother,
Happy was I.
Oh, take me to my kind old mother,
There let me live and die.
3rd verse
One little hut among the bushes,
One that I love.
Still sadly to my memory rushes,
No matter where I rove.
When will I see the bees a humming,
All ‘round the comb?
When shall I hear the banjo strumming,
Down in my good old home.


Florida State Anthem:

Florida, Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky
Music and Lyrics by Jan Hinton

Florida, where the sawgrass meets the sky,
Florida, where our hearts will ever lie,
Sitting proud in the ocean like a sentinel true,
Always shielding your own, yet giving welcome.
Florida, land of flowers, land of light.
Florida, where our dreams can all take flight.
Whether youth's vibrant morning or the twilight of years,
There are treasures for all who venture here in Florida.
Mockingbirds cry and 'gators lie out in the sun,
Bridges span southward to the Keys and rockets skyward run,
The orange blossoms' sweet perfume and fireworks fill the air,
And cultures rich our native people share.
Florida, where the sawgrass meets the sky,
Florida, where our hearts will ever lie,
Sitting proud in the ocean like a sentinel true,
Always shielding your own, yet giving welcome.
Florida, land of flowers, land of light.
Florida, where our dreams can all take flight.
Whether youth's vibrant morning or the twilight of years,
There are treasures for all who venture here in Florida, Florida.




Florida State Quarter

Florida State Quarter - FrontFlorida State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
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