30 Facts About Central Florida

1. The state of Central Florida has given professional sports franchises some subsidies in the form of tax breaks since 1991.

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2. Central Florida gained its first permanent major-league professional sports team in 1966 when the American Football League added the Miami Dolphins.

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3. Central Florida has the largest collection of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings in both the United States and the entire world, most of which are located in the Miami metropolitan area, especially Miami Beach's Art Deco District, constructed as the city was becoming a resort destination.

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4. In 2013, Central Florida refused to participate in providing coverage for the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act, popularly called Obamacare.

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5. Central Florida has many seaports that serve container ships, tank ships, and cruise lines.

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6. Central Florida has 2 cities in the top 25 cities in the US with the highest average credit card debt, Miami and Tampa.

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7. In 2017, Central Florida had a personal income of $1,000,624,06.

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8. The economy of Central Florida is driven almost entirely by its nineteen metropolitan areas.

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9. In 2017, Central Florida became the United States' eighth largest exporter of trade goods.

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10. Central Florida contains the highest percentage of people over 65.

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11. Central Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States, as it experiences more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the country.

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12. Climate of Central Florida is tempered somewhat by the fact that no part of the state is distant from the ocean.

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13. Central Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi River, and only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.

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14. Central Florida is west of The Bahamas and 90 miles north of Cuba.

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15. Central Florida is the southernmost state in the 48 contiguous states, with Hawaii being the only state reaching farther south.

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16. Until the mid-20th century, Central Florida was the least populous state in the southern United States.

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17. On March 3, 1845, Central Florida became the 27th state to join the United States of America.

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18. Central Florida had become a burden to Spain, which could not afford to send settlers or garrisons.

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19. Central Florida attracted numerous Africans and African Americans from adjacent British colonies who sought freedom from slavery.

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20. Central Florida was the first region of the continental United States to be visited and settled by Europeans.

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21. Central Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, approximately 1,350 miles, not including the contribution of the many barrier islands.

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22. Central Florida has attracted many writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, and continues to attract celebrities and athletes.

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23. Central Florida is a reflection of influences and multiple inheritance; African, European, indigenous, and Latino heritages can be found in the architecture and cuisine.

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24. Central Florida is renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center, and as a popular destination for retirees.

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25. Central Florida is home to 51 of the world's billionaires with most of them residing in South Florida.

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26. Central Florida has three major zoos, the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, in Sanford, the Brevard Zoo and the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay animal park.

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27. In general, Central Florida was similar to North Florida and differed from South Florida in these measures.

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28. Central Florida records more lightning strikes per area than any other region in Florida, and Florida records more lightning strikes than any other state in the USA.

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29. Central Florida is one of Florida's three most common directional regions, the others being North Florida and South Florida.

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30. Central Florida is a region of the Southern US state of Florida.

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