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Population

Florida might not be one of the biggest states in the country, but it sure is home to a lot of people.

  • Jacksonville 794,555
  • Miami 409,719
  • Tampa 332,888
  • St. Petersburg 248,098
  • Hialeah 224,522
  • Orlando 220,186

Visas

Citizens of most foreign countries need to obtain a visa to enter the United States. If you live in one of the following countries, however, you can visit for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes without a visa as part of the Visa Waiver Program: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. If you do not carry a U.S. passport, you may be fingerprinted and photographed upon entering the country.

Land Area

53,997 square miles of Florida is considered a land area, while 11,761 square miles of Florida are covered by water making Florida the 3rd wettest state.

Currency

U.S. Dollar ($)

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Time Zone

Florida is in the Eastern time zone, which covers all the states on the Atlantic ocean and is UTC-5. Daylight savings is observed from early March through early November.

Languages

English is the main language spoken. But, Spanish is easily a growing language. This is especially true in southern Florida.

Nicknames

The Sunshine State

Electricity and Plugs

The U.S. is on the 110V 60Hz system, and the plugs are of two varieties – one with two parallel flat pieces with a circular grounding pin beneath them, and another with just the two flat pieces and no grounding pin.

Using the Telephone

Florida has a growing list area codes — 239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 561, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 850, 863, 904, 941, 954. From landlines you’ll need to dial 1 plus the area code, plus the 7-digit number for all calls. On mobile phones you can skip the 1 before the area code if you like, but you’ll need to dial the area code and 7-digit number regardless if you are in the same area code or not.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Emergency – 911


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