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NickName: The Sunshine State
Named on Easter 1513 by Ponce de Leon for Pascua Florida, meaning "Flowery Easter"

Capital City: Tallahassee
Location: 30.457N, 084.281W
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Brief overview
Florida is majorly a vacation home than a permanent residence to many well to do people. The huge Disney world spanning across 27,000 acres pulls tourists all over the world like a magnet. This is a major reason in a higher than national average cost of living.

If you are looking for true Southern disposition, lots of hospitality and good manners then Florida stands amongst the most competitive states. The government bonds are a A+ (State Government Bond Rating - S&P, 1999)

If you have trouble with your kids in settling down, (since they love the old home so much that they hate you if you propose a relocation), then Florida promises to help you in pacifying your kids with its Disney World, NASA Kennedy Space Center's Spaceport, Everglades National Park, and the Epcot Center. The beaches like Miami Beach, Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, and Fort Lauderdale on the East Coast; Sarasota, Tampa, and St. Petersburg on the West Coast; and Key west off the southern tip of Florida and the oldest permanent city St. Augustine, that was founded in 1565 are all there for tranquility.
15 Vital Statistics Affecting Your Relocation FL USA  
1. Belief: "Most People are Honest" (6-level agree/disagree) 3.84 4
2. Belief: "Most People Can be Trusted" 0.37 0
3. Attended Meetings in Town or School Affairs (percent) 0.14 0
4. Overall State Ranking - New Economy Index 18th
5. Cost of Living Index 80.3 100
6. Average Apartment Rent 926.0000 617
7. Average Home Price 221550.0000 223400
8. Average Total Energy Cost 128.2400 126.75
9. Average Phone Bill 21.1600 16.85
10. Gasoline/Gallon 1.4500 1.5
11. Hospital Room/Day 692.9000 334.33
12. Doctor Visit 65.4300 66.7
13. Average Auto Insurance Premium, 2000 835.79 792.91
14. % of Days That are Sunny 65 56.88
15. Crime Index 797.2 416
Contents
 Florida Info For You  More Florida
 Even More Florida  State Information with Links
 Finances and Taxes  New Economy Index (1=Highest, 50=Lowest)
 Crime  Pollution
 Demographics  From the 2000 Census Reports
 Education  Quality Of Life: Child Well - Being - 1998
 Financial & Governmental Comparisons  Map Of Florida With Border States
Florida Info for you (All Links open in a separate window)  
Driving licenses DHS&MV
License Plates Florida
State Official Website http://fcn.state.fl.us/
Department of Education Department-Education
Current events Florida News Headlines
Courts Judicial System
Constitution 27th State
Libraries Florida
Senators and Representatives US House
US Senate
Florida House: Members
Florida Senate: Members
Locating post office addresses http://www.mapsonus.com/db/USPS/
Golf courses http://www.golfcourse.com/search/simpleq.cfm
Banks http://www3.fdic.gov/idasp/main.asp
More Florida ...
Area 65758 sq.mi, 22th Land 53997 sq. mi., 26th Water 11761 sq.mi., 3rd Coastline 1350 mi., 2nd Shoreline 8,426mi., 2nd
Admission to Statehood March 3, 1845
Motto In God We Trust
Capital Tallahassee
Largest cities and links Jacksonville
Miami
Tampa
Saint Petersburg
Hialeah
Orlando
Fort Lauderdale
Tallahassee
Hollywood
Pembroke Pines
Climate Florida
Weather Tallahassee, Tallahassee Regional Airport
Average Temperatures FL USA
Winter 72.97 42.79
Spring 82.08 64.36
Summer 91.26 83.95
Fall 83.79 65.89
Precipitation(Rain Fall) 57.44 39.41
% of Days That are Sunny 91.57 103.29
Even more Florida
Titbits
Nickname including its origin The Sunshine State ,Named on Easter 1513 by Ponce de Leon for Pascua Florida, meaning "Flowery Easter"
Symbols flower: orange blossom (1909)
bird:
mockingbird (1927)
song:
“Suwannee River” (1935)
Song Swanee RiverClick Here for Song
Demographics FL USA
Median Age 2000 41.52 37.8
% Change in Population 2000 to 2001 2.1 1
Poverty Rate, 2000 12 11.14
% Public Aid Recipients 2000 3.2 3.79
% Births to Unmarried Women in 2000 39 32.92
Health FL USA
Health Care Cost Relative to U.S. average, 2002 1.1 0.99
Infant Mortality /1000 Live Births, 1998 7 7.14
Nonfederal Physicians, 1999 281 266.54
Death Rate by Accident, 1998 6267 1988.92
Estimated Rate of New Cancer Cases, 2001 575 479.19
Obesity - % of Indiv. 30lbs over Weight or Greater (2001) 18.4 20.46
State Links
Capitol Tour Capitol-Tour
Area Code 239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 561, 689, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 836, 861, 850, 863, 904, 941, 954
Constitution 27th State
County Profile 67 Counties
Agriculture Citrus, vegetables, nursery stock, cattle, sugarcane, dairy products.
Industry Tourism, electric equipment, food processing, printing and publishing, transportation equipment, machinery.
Editorial Cartoons Cartoonists Index
Flower Orange blossom
Geographic Center Hernando, 12 miles northnorthwest of Brooksville
Governor John Ellis Bush (R)
Highest Point Britton Hill
Highway Markers Florida
History Exploring Florida
Library Florida
Lottery  
Lowest Point Atlantic & Gulf coasts; Sea level, 3rd
Media Radio
Museums The Virtual Library
National Forest Florida
Pen Pals Penpalworld.com
Permanent Residents Find A Grave
No. of State Legislators, 2003 160
Road Side America Florida
Soil Florida - Myakka
State Parks Florida
Tree Cabbage Palmetto
Unclaimed Funds Florida
Veteran Affairs Florida VA
Fatalities Caused by Tornadoes:
1950 to 2001
131
Finances and Taxes
FL
USA
Purchase Price of a building 179628.35 175806.29
Car Insurance 1791.57 1698.53
Corporate Income Tax % 5.5 6.64
Top Personal Income Tax 0 5.2
Sales Tax & Use Tax 6 4.66
Professional Services Tax N
Top Capital Gains Tax 0 4.75
Motor Fuel Tax, 02 0.302 0.23
Real Estate: % of income per $100
On Land & Buildings 3.1 N/A
On Inventory Y
On Personal Property N
State Tax Rate 10.2 7.13
Local Tax Rate 14.3 7.13
Unemployment Insurance Tax/ Per Employee 2.7 2.36
Internet Access Tax N
New Economy Index (1=Highest, 50=Lowest) FL
Overall State Ranking 18th
Knowledge Jobs 31st
Globalization 15th
Economic Dynamism 6th
Digital Economy 21st
Innovation Capacity 27th
High Tech Jobs 26th
Venture Capital 19th
Internet Access-1998 (%) 52.8
R & D Expenditures-1998 (Millions) 4773.0000
Number of New Patents (1998) 73
Crime FL USA
Index Offences Total 10381.36 3326.73
Violent Crime Total 1437.89 385.32
Murders 7.77 3.95
Forcible Rape 91.91 28.03
Assault 1049.93 261.06
Property Crimes 8943.47 2941.4
Burglary 2187.73 678.55
Larceny, Theft 5778.65 1942.89
Motor Vehicle Thefts 977.09 320.72
Index Offences Rate 4425.12 2735.58
Murders Rate 3.85 3.02
Forcible Rape Rate 43.18 25.16
Robbery Rate 121.27 52.25
Aggravated Assault Rate 481.36 195.86
Property Crime Rate 3775.46 2459.29
Burglary Rate 945.2 585.46
Larceny, Thefts Rate 2470.78 1660.47
Motor Vehicle Thefts Rate 359.48 213.85
Pollution
FL
USA
Ozone in air (more Ozone = more Pollution) 84.68 82.19
Pollution Released, 1999 (Pounds) 74234577 45901994.34
Toxic Waste Received in State, 1999(Pounds) 3997576 31524509.36
From the 2000 Census Reports FL USA
Population 9122385 203400320
Average Family Size in 2000 2.98 3.1
% of Eligible Voters Reported Registered, 2000 0.743 0.81
Median age 41.52 37.8
Males per 100 Females 93.24 94.67
Percentage Unemployed 5.69 5.97
Use Public Transport 1.25 1.12
Travel Time 25.85 24.55
Median Value of a House 121924.47 92201.9
Monthly Owner Cost with Mortgage 1492.69 845.87
Monthly Owner Cost without Mortgage 314.25 283.44
Contract Monthly Rent 504.77 390.93
Gross Rent 589 463.96
% of Household Total 67.17 69.46
% of Families Household Total 50.73 54.65
Avg Population per Household 2.45 2.55
Avg Population per Family 2.93 3.06
% of Non Families Household Total 32.83 30.54
Monthly Income-Household 39095.75 38521.16
Monthly Income Family 46077.66 45249.75
Per Capita Income 23287.89 18724.65
Earning per Male 33040.37 33331.99
Earning per Female 24932.89 23722.78
% Families Below Poverty Line 10.72 9.88
People speaking Less than fluent English 7.25 3.53
Persons Holding High School Certificate or More 77.55 78.68
Bachelor Degree Holders 20.53 17.11
Density 2195.92 1175.8
% of one Race 17034.5 8737.95
% of Black & Others 2926.23 1231.39
% of American Indians 51.18 70.5
% of Asians 299.97 393.43
% of Hawaii 9.52 13.87
% of Others 531.11 600.04
% of Two or more Races 441.34 245.37
% of Hispanic or Latino 3205.74 1345.63
Education FL USA
Verbal SAT Score, 2000 498 532.6
Math SAT Score, 2000 500 536.06
Public Elementary/Secondary Expenditures per pupil, 1999 (thousands) 6203 6623.8
% of Students Taking Exam, 2000 55 35.76
% of Population Over 25 with HS Diploma, 2000 82.3 83.32
% of Population Over 25 With Bachelor's Degree, 2000 23.9 24.62
Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in 2000 18.4 15.52
Average Teacher Salary, 1999 39275 41505.06
Books in Public Library Per Capita, 1997 1.8 3.12
College Degree - Graduating Institutions, 1997 140 82.12
Quality of Life: Child Well - Being - 1998 FL USA
% Low Birth-Weight Babies 8.1 7.51
Infant Mortality Rates (deaths per 1,000 live births) 7 7.14
Child Death Rates (deaths per 100,000 children ages 1-14) 26 24.84
Rate of Teen Deaths Rate by Accident, Homicide, and Suicide
(deaths per 100,000 teens ages 15-19)
53 58.2
Teen Birth Rate (births per 1,000 females ages 15-17) 33 28.1
% of Teens Who Are High School Dropouts (ages 16-19) 12 9.16
% of Teens Not Attending School and Not Working (ages 16-19) 8 8.16
% of Children Living With Parents
Who Do Not Have Full-Time, Year- Round Employment
27 24.02
% of Children in Poverty (date reflect poverty in pervious year) 22 17.29
% of Families with Children Headed by Single Parent 30 24.92
Financial & Government Comparison FL USA
State Government Tax Revenue, 2000 24938748000.0000 11195307960
Per Capita State Government Tax Revenue, 2000 1523.0000 1949.8
State Government Debt Outstanding, 1999 17171456000.0000 10937316480
Per Capita State Government Debt Outstanding, 1999 1133.0000 2259.96
Gross State Product, 1998 (Millions) 418851.0000 173820.7
State Government Bond Rating (S&P, 1999) AA+
Cost of Living Index , Selected Metro, Second Quarter, 2000 0.99 1.06
Number of Bureaucrats per 100 Population, 2002 4.9 5.64
Florida Neighborhood
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Florida
Song: Swanee River

Written by Stephen C. Foster

Way down upon de Swanee Ribber,
Far, far away,
Dere&apos wha my heart is turning ebber,
Dere&apos wha de old folks stay.
All up and down de whole creation
Sadly I roam,
Still longing for de old plantation,
And for de old folks at home.

Chorus

All de world am sad and dreary,
Eb-rywhere I roam;
Oh, darkeys, how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home!

2nd verse

All round de little farm I wandered
When I was young,
Den many happy days I squandered,
Many de songs I sung.
When I was playing wid my brudder
Happy was I;
Oh, take me to my kind old mudder!
Dere let me live and die.

3rd Verse

One little hut among de bushes,
One dat I love
Still sadly to my memory rushes,
No matter where I rove.
When will I see de bees a-humming
All round de comb?
When will I hear de banjo strumming,
Down in my good old home?

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