The Society of FLORIDA, USA. “The Sunshine State.”

Hey everyone! I know I haven’t posted anything about my travel stories since I’ve been busy in school, but I would like to share you my life experiences in Florida, USA.

I grew up in Orlando, FL and stayed there for about 12+ years. I know I couldn’t tell you more about my road trips but I try my best to post it whenever I can. I hope you understand. So here it goes…

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THE CULTURE:

The culture of Florida is similar to the rest of United States of America culture, but as a coastal state, Florida culture has been influenced by immigrant populations, especially those from Europe and Latin America. Florida is a melting pot as well as an international crossroad to the United States.

As one of the Southern states, Florida has long been influenced by Southern culture. Although South Florida and urban Central Florida has largely lost its southern accents, southern food and southern culture, southern culture remains prominent in North Florida and parts of rural Central Florida. More recently the state has been influenced by the cultures of people moving in from foreign countries and other parts of the United States. Florida culture is also influenced by its economy, most notably from the effects of tourism, a highly important industry in the state.

Also, as one of the New Spain states, it shares history, culture, food and other things with the Spanish like Latin and Hispanic, especially Argentinian, Brazilian, Cuban, Colombian, and Puerto Rican.

Where is Florida (FL) Located?

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Florida is located at the East Coast on the South of United States of America. The Capital State is Tallahassee City.

LANGUAGES:

74.54 percent of Florida residents age 5 and older spoke English at home as a first language, while 18.65 percent spoke Spanish, and 1.73 percent of the population spoke French Creole (predominantly Haitian Creole). French was spoken by 0.63 percent, followed by German at 0.45 percent, and Portuguese at 0.44 percent of all residents. Also, Italian comprised 0.32 percent, while Tagalog made up 0.30 percent of speakers, Vietnamese was at 0.25 percent and Arabic at 0.23 percent. In all, 25.45 percent of Florida’s population age 5 and older spoke a language other than English.

Florida’s public education system identifies over 200 first languages other than English spoken in the homes of students. In 1990, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) won a class action lawsuit against the state Florida Department of Education that required educators to be trained in teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Florida’s second language used: “Spanish in GENERAL”.

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RELIGION:

  • Florida is mostly Protestant, but Roman Catholicism is the single largest denomination in the state. There is also a sizable Jewish community, located mainly in South Florida. Florida’s current religious affiliations are shown in the table below:
  • Protestant, 40%
  • Baptist, 9%
  • Methodist, 6%
  • Pentecostal, 3%
  • Roman Catholic, 26%
  • Jewish, 3%
  • other religions, 3%
  • non-religious, 10%

CUISINE:

  • Florida is known for several unique foods including key lime pie and Floribbean cuisine.
  • Citrus production is a major industry and citrus fruits are widely consumed.

ECONOMIC TRENDS:

  • Current trends in the state of Florida include a rapidly growing population in excess of four hundred thousand annually. The state government is embracing the increasing peoples by mandating new libraries, schools and highways to be thoroughly completed. Demographically, Florida has an older population in the Northwestern counties; where a lot of retired people migrate every year. However, Southern Florida is broadly urban with a large youth population and many college campuses that are dependent on tourism. The budgetary decisions taken by the federal government has a severe impact on the population fluctuations in the southern parts of Florida.
  • North Florida- Very laid back area (some retired people)
  • Central Florida- Business Economic Industry area
  • South Florida- Mostly “Rich/ Superior Class” area (retired people, Hollywood stars, vacation area..)

LIFESTYLE:

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16 years of age

  • Some of them are emancipated and can start having a part time job.
  • Some of them they get in a relationship and get pregnant too early (Below 15 y.o.)

18 years of age

  • 1st step down the road for adulthood
  • You have the legal rights and responsibilities
  • You can choose to live on your own

21 years of age

  • The age of “Legal Drinking and Gambling”
  • Start of college life and partying

25- 30 years of age

  • Maturity growth and development
  • Stability in finance and career
  • Most “committed relationships”

35- 40 years of age

  • They say, “Life begins at this stage”- traveling, more planning and fulfillment
  • More responsible
  • Stage of early divorce

65 years of age

  • Stage of retirement
  • Most of them they live in the private homes

Lifestyle in Florida is modernized, a fast-paced and can be a little laid-back at times.

SPORTS AND RECREATION:

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Sports in Florida include professional teams in all major sports, many minor league professional teams, Olympic Games contenders and medalists, collegiate teams in major and small-school conferences and associations, and active amateur teams and individual sports.

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The state has teams in each of the four major professional sports leagues: there are three National Football League (NFL) teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Miami Dolphins, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays; two National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic; and two National Hockey League (NHL) teams, the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Additionally, Major League Soccer is expanding in Florida, adding Orlando City SC, and plans to add a Miami team.

 

Florida also has an abundance of outdoor recreational activities. Outdoor activities include hiking, surfing, and hunting. Notable auto-racing tracks include: Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Streets of St. Petersburg, and Walt Disney World Speedway.

FLORIDA CULTURAL FESTIVALS:

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Spring break is the best fest in Florida. It is a tradition “under fire”. Far from it. Florida’s perpetually warm weather and abundant sunshine makes the state a prime spot for cultural festivals of all genres, including legendary motorcycle meet-ups, literary celebrations and world-renowned arts festivals.

Seed food and Wine Festival

  • Seed Food and Wine is not just a festival, it’s a movement, the culmination of a community of ideas and passionate people committing themselves to elevating the conversation around plant-based foods, sustainability, conscious living, vegan living and the welfare of animals. Seed Food and Wine is the premiere plant based food and wine festival in the country. A one-of-a-kind journey with cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, celebrity chef dinners, craft beer and spirits tastings, and much more! (Every 3rd week of November).

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Oktoberfest

  • The German American Social Club celebrates its 59th Oktoberfest in 2016, making this the original and longest-running Oktoberfest in Florida. It is also the longest continuously-running Oktoberfest in the United States and the largest German cultural event in South Florida. Oktoberfest is a great cultural event celebrating authentic German culture, including German beers, live German music, German food, and German folk dancing.

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EDC Orlando

  • Every 1st weekend of November. EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) Orlando is line-up with your favorite artists. The last couple years have been epic, and this year promises to be no exception. World-renowned artists such as Bassnectar, Hardwell, Axwell, and The Chainsmokers are gearing up for what should be a record breaking turn-out and an unforgettable experience.

CULTURE VALUES:

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Family Relationships

  • It is very common in most families that both the mother and the father are employed full time and are at work while their children are at school or a daycare facility.
  • There are large number of families that consist of one single parent and children as a result of divorce or being unwed.
  • In most families, once a child become a teenager and graduated from high school, he or she leaves the home and leads an independent lifestyle.
  • Most families, regardless of where they are located, will all get together to celebrate family occasions such as weddings, reunions, Thanksgiving.. Other holidays.
  • Some people get married and divorced several times, or even have children out of wedlock. Relationships are sometimes confusing. It is not uncommon to hear phrases like “she is my father’s wife” (not necessarily the mother), “he is my mother’s boyfriend”, or “he is my son’s father” (not necessarily the husband).

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  • People in Florida (most Americans) are very punctual. Most people arrive exactly on time or a few minutes early.

Active Lifestyle

  • Going for a walk, jogging, paddle boarding, canoeing (quite popular)… etc.
  • Many people prefer to go to the local gym to stay physically fit. Gold’s Gym and LA Fitness are a very popular national chain.

Policies

  • People are responsible to comply
  • A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity or in a relationship with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided.

Social Matters

  • It is inappropriate to just show up at someone’s house. You must 1st call and ask them whether they are available at a particular date and time, unless you are invited.
  • Unexpected visits are not appreciated.

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Thank you for reading my blog..  Yet, I will be posting soon “The Taste of Florida Culture”. More details to come! Have a good night everyone 🙂 Xoxo.. April Mae♥

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