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Florida is the top travel destination in the world with 76.8 million visitors in 2004. The tourism industry has an economic impact of $57 billion on Floridas economy.
The space industry represents $4.5 billion of the state's economy. The average annual wage of aerospace workers is approximately $52,000. The number employed at Kennedy Space Center alone is 15,000 and Florida ranks 4th among the states in overall aerospace employment with 23,000 jobs.
Florida is nicknamed the "Sunshine State" because of its generally warm climate subtropical in many regions of the state, with true tropical climate in the far southern portions near Key West. Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south.
Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.
Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States. Cape Canaveral is America's launch pad for space flights.
Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, holds the Guinness record for the world's largest strawberry shortcake. The 827 square-foot, 6,000 pound cake was made on Feb. 19, 1999 in McCall Park.
Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways. Islamorada is billed as the Sports fishing Capital of the World. Key Largo is known as the Dive Capital of the World. Venice is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Titusville, known as Space City, USA, is located on the west shore of the Indian River directly across from the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
Nearly 80 percent of the states intake of sweet Atlantic white shrimp is harvested in Amelia Island waters. Two million pounds of shrimp are delivered to Fernandina docks annually. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.