Florida, or as it is commonly known "The Sunshine State" became the 27th state on March 3rd 1845. It's not hard to imagine where the nickname Sunshine state comes from. The state is well known as having a wonderful sunny climate.
Origin of state's name: The name Florida was bestowed upon the state in the early 16th century by an explorer who was in the state at Easter time and declared it the "Pascua Florida" or Flowery Easter.
Population: The states population is approximately 16 million and growing based on the last census sin 2000. Florida is well known as a state to retire in due to its warm climate and relatively low cost of living.
Driver's license information, applications, testing requirements, Driver's manuals and testing locations can all be found on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle's website.
Economy: The states climate is ideal for growing citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes. Other agriculture in the state is nursery stock growing and cattle and dairy production. The main industries are tourism, food processing and electronic manufacture.
State Bird: State Bird: the state bird is the Mocking Bird or Turdus Polyglottus which is characterized by its beautiful singing voice and animated movement. The Mocking Bird is also the state bird for Arkansas and Tennessee.
State Flower: The sate flower is the fragrant and very beautiful Orange Blossom which grows wild throughout the state.
State Song: The state song is "Swanee River"
State Reptile: The state reptile is the American Alligator