America’s fourth most populous state Florida is situated in the southeastern region of the country. It is eighth most densely populated and 22nd most extensive state in the US. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the south by the Straits of Florida.
Almost every part of the state is close to the ocean. Most coastal areas situated south of Lake Okeechobee have tropical climate. Mean high temperatures for late July are primarily in the low 90s Fahrenheit (32–34 °C) while mean low temperatures for early to mid January range from the low 40s Fahrenheit (4–7 °C) in northern Florida to above 60 °F (16 °C) from Miami on southward. With an average daily temperature of 70.7 °F (21.5 °C), it is the warmest state in the country.
Florida’s GDP in 2013 is $754,000, making it the fourth largest economy in the US. It is the fourth largest exporter of trade goods in the country. The major industries that contribute to Florida’s economy include tourism, industry, construction, international banking, biomedical and life sciences, healthcare research, simulation training, aerospace and defense, and commercial space travel have contributed to the state's economic development. The economy is driven almost entirely by its nineteen metropolitan areas.
Florida's public primary and secondary schools are administered by the Florida Department of Education while the colleges and universities work under State University System of Florida. During the 2010 academic year, 312,216 students attended one of these member institutions.
The top 10 universities in Florida State are:
|University/College||US News and World Report Rank||Tuition Fee|
|Miami university, Coral Gables||National Universities #47||$42,852|
|University of Florida, Gainesville||National Universities #49||$28,541|
|Florida State University, Tallahassee||National Universities #91||$21,703|
|Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne||National Universities #167||$36,020|
|University of South Florida, Tampa FL||National Universities #170||$17,325|
|University of Central Florida, Orlando||$22,415|
|Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton||National Universities RNM||$21,543|
|Florida International University, Miami||National Universities RNM||$18,939|
|Nova South Eastern University, Lauderdale||National Universities RNM||$25,430|
|Stretson University||Regional Universities #5||$38,330|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach||Regional Universities #11||$31,334|
The MBA class of University of Miami last year had an average salary of $62,613.The median salary of M.S. graduates at the Florida State University in 2012 was $55,000. Stretson University Graduates last year earned a median salary of $45,500.