As of September 2014, an individual must live in Florida for 12 consecutive months to become a resident. Florida became a state on March 3,1845. At that time, the population was 60,000.
Florida is known as the Sunshine State because of its mild climate. On average, the state enjoys 74 to 128 days of sunshine a year. Many people retire or relocate to Florida because of its mild climate. Florida is also a popular vacation spot. It is home to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. As of June 3, 2014, over 18 million people visit Walt Disney World annually.