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The Sunshine State

Florida State Nickname

Florida coast; photo by John Biesnecker on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Official State Nickname of Florida

Florida's nickname is "The Sunshine State," adopted officially by Florida legislature in 1970. Another nickname for Florida is The Peninsula State. All State Nicknames

Florida is the fourth most-populated state in the country, and it's beaches draw thousands of tourists every year. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for the southern part below Lake Okeechobee (which has a true tropical climate).

The Florida Keys (surrounded by water) have a more tropical climate, with less variability in temperatures compared to mainland Florida. In Key West, temperatures rarely exceed 90 °F (32 °C) in the summer or fall below 60 °F (16 °C) in the winter (frost has never been reported in the Florida Keys).