Florida is the most southernmost mainland state, a peninsula, jutting out about 400 miles between the Atlantic
Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The state is located south of Alabama and Georgia, west of the Atlantic Ocean, north
of the Straits of Florida and east of the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama. Jacksonville is its largest city, and Tallahassee is
Weather in Florida is subtropical, with hot humid summers and warm winters. Hurricanes blowing in from the
Atlantic Ocean endanger the southern coast in summer and fall. Some rain falls in northwestern Florida in winter, but
generally, the further south, the warmer and dryer the climate. The state is mainly lowland, its highest point only 345
feet above sea level. Comprised of sandy hills, swamp and marshes, its soil and climate is perfect for citrus groves and
vegetable farms. The nation's largest citrus grower (agriculture is its second source of income, next to tourism),
Florida produces oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines for export and home use.
More than 15 million people live in Florida and the population is at a constant increase. Not surprisingly, since the "
Sunshine State's" sunny climate attracts a constant influx of retirees from neighboring Canada and other not-so-
weather-friendly states. Moreover, its 1,350 miles of coastline, the world-renown Disney World in Orlando and John
F. Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral insure a steady stream of tourists nearly 40 million in 2000 and a good
number of them return to stay.