On March 3, 1845, Florida became the nation’s 27th state, and the United States would forever be changed by its sunny new addition.
It’s hard to imagine that the population of the entire state was comprised of approximately 60,000 people living mostly in the northern third when Florida warmed up the U.S.
Today, working with the latest available data, worldpopulationreview.com says the Sunshine State has more than 21 million residents.
We love living in Florida, so to celebrate the most southeastern state’s birthday, we’ve put together a “Best of Florida” list. Here are a few of our favs:
- Florida’s weather can not be topped! We weren’t named the Sunshine State for nothing, but keep in mind we’re also the lightning capital of the world. Yes, we keep one eye focused on the tropics during hurricane season. However, most of the time we’re basking in sun-dappled days and breezy warm evenings.
- Water, water, everywhere! Florida is encompassed by water – the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. The state is home to hundreds of lakes and rivers too making a water view a good possibility from nearly any spot you land in the F-L-A.
- Beaches! The balmy beaches range from drivable to walkable to powdery-soft. From pink to white, the sand simply calls out and begs you to dig-in your toes.
- Swamps and jungles! The Everglades National Park, a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip is often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river. Made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods, the Everglades is home to hundreds of animal species including the endangered leatherback turtle, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee.
- Florida is where dreams come true! Sure, plenty of visitors come to the state just to visit Mickey, but the dreams don’t end there. Florida is filled with fabulous opportunities that can not be paralleled – a thriving job market, affordable housing, and cutting-edge healthcare. Come for the weather, stay for the lifestyle!