#24. Florida



– Share of state experiencing drought conditions (20-year average): 20,921 sq. mi. (37.0% of land area); 6,477,461 people (34.9% of population)

— Moderate drought: 11,405 sq. mi. (20.2% of land area); 3,420,760 people (18.4% of population)

— Severe drought: 5,913 sq. mi. (10.5% of land area); 1,767,055 people (9.5% of population)

— Extreme drought: 2,324 sq. mi. (4.1% of land area); 703,403 people (3.8% of population)

— Exceptional drought: 518 sq. mi. (0.9% of land area); 162,806 people (0.9% of population)

More than 43.1% of Florida is currently abnormally dry, with a higher risk of brush fires. But this is an improvement over 2020: Virtually all of the state was classified as being in moderate drought conditions in April 2020. By the first week of July 2020, however, Florida was out of the woods and only a tiny sliver of the Sunshine State was experiencing abnormally dry conditions.