Florida Education and State Information

Florida is nicknamed the Sunshine State. There are more than 180 nonprofit colleges and universities in Florida, including the University of Miami and the University of Florida.

Information about the State of Florida

Florida has a land area comprising a little over 65,000 square miles, including land and water. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Florida as almost 20.3 million. As of 2014, the ethnic makeup was about 77.8 percent white, nearly 17 percent black or African-American and about 24 percent Hispanic or Latino. From 2010-2014, approximately 87 percent of Floridians were high school graduates, and 26.8 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher.

Major attractions in Florida are Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The Kennedy Space Center is also a big attraction. The state's many museums, exotic gardens, theme parks, sailing and fishing areas are also popular. Florida weather is conducive to outdoor activities, with average summer temperatures ranging in the low 90s F and average winter temperatures ranging from 65 F to 74 F.

Florida Colleges and Universities

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Miami in Coral Gables 51st among national universities, while the University of Florida in Gainesville was ranked 47th. Florida State University in Tallahassee was ranked 96th.

That same year, Rollins College in Winter Park was rated the No. 1 regional university in the South by U.S. News. Other colleges and universities that ranked in the top 25 regionally included Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Stetson University in DeLand and the University of Tampa.

There are an extensive amount of nonprofit 2-year schools in Florida. Miami Dade College, which awards primarily associate's degrees along with some bachelor's degrees, is one of the largest postsecondary schools in the state with 66,000 enrolled students, as of Fall 2014. Other large 2-year schools include Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee.

Florida Economy and Business

Tourism is a major factor in Florida's economy. The manufacturing sector includes international trade, the space industry, health technology, and construction. Oranges and other citrus fruits are prime Florida agricultural products. Major companies with offices or facilities in Florida include Tech Data Corp., Winn-Dixie Stores, Office Depot and Ryder Systems.

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