Florida is located on the southeastern most part of the United States and extends like a finger pointing south. Florida is a large plateau that doesn't rise much above sea level. Florida's only neighboring states are Georgia and Alabama. Almost all the southeastern peninsula and the southern tip are covered by the Everglades, the world's largest saw grass swamp, with an area of approximately 5,000 square miles.
Entered the Union: March 3, 1845 (27th State)
Florida Capital City: Tallahassee
Lagest Cities in Florida: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Orlando, Hialeah, Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Pembroke Pines
Bordering States: Alabama, Georgia
Florida 2013 Population (Estimate): 19,552,860
Florida 2010 Population (Estimate): 18,802,690
Origin of State Name: From the Spanish Pascua Florida, meaning “feast of flowers” (Easter)