Counties in Florida include Manatee, Orange, Miami-Dade and Hillsborough. As of 2015, Florida consists of 67 counties. The first two counties in Florida, Escambia and St. Johns, were developed as territories in 1821 and eventually spawned the remaining 65 counties.
Manatee County was organized in 1855 and is named for the manatee, or sea cow, which is native to Florida waters. The most populous city in Manatee County is Bradenton. Other towns within the county include Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Palmetto.
Orange County, originally known as Mosquito County, was formed in 1824. In 1845, it was renamed after the fruit that is its most-produced crop. Orange County is the fifth-most populous county in Florida. The largest city in Orange County is Orlando; other cities include Apopka, Christmas and Winter Park, making it one of the top counties in Florida for travel and tourism.
The most populous county in Florida is Miami-Dade, with over 2.6 million residents as of the 2014 census. It is third in land area in the state, covering nearly 2,000 miles. Miami-Dade is also the southernmost county in the United States. Popular areas of Miami-Dade county include Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Surfside and Sweetwater.