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The State of Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida's nickname is the Sunshine State but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.
Tampa is a United States city in Hillsborough County, on the west coast of Florida. It serves as the county seat of Hillsborough County. In 2005, the population of the city was 333,040 and is the third-largest city in Florida, behind Jacksonville and Miami. The four-county area is composed of roughly 2.7 million residents, making it the second largest metropolitan statistical area, the third largest in the Southeastern United States.
The Hillsborough River flows out into Tampa bay, passing directly in front of Downtown Tampa and supplying Tampa with its main source of water. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 441.9 square kilometers. In the city the population was spread out with 24.6 percent under the age of 18, 10.0 percent from 18 to 24, 32.3 percent from 25 to 44, 20.5 percent from 45 to 64, and 12.5 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

Florida is a popular travel destination for visitors and globe trotters from all over the world who appreciate its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, various local cuisine, hospitality and safety.

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