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The Everglades (or Pa-hay-okee) are a natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southern half of a large drainage basin and part of the neotropic ecozone. The system begins near Orlando with the Kissimmee River, which discharges into the vast but shallow Lake Okeechobee. Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles (97 km) wide and over 100 miles (160 km) long, flowing southward across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state. The Everglades experience a wide range of weather patterns, from frequent flooding in the wet season to drought in the dry season. Writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas popularized the term "River of Grass" to describe the sawgrass marshes, part of a complex system of interdependent ecosystems that include cypress swamps, the estuarine mangrove forests of the Ten Thousand Islands, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rockland, and the marine environment of Florida Bay. Human habitation in the southern portion of the Florida peninsula dates to 15,000 years ago. Before European colonization, the region was dominated by the native Calusa and Tequesta tribes. With Spanish colonization, both tribes declined gradually during the following two centuries. The Seminole formed from mostly Creek people who had been warring to the North; they assimilated other peoples and created a new culture. After being forced from northern Florida into the Everglades during the Seminole Wars of the early 19th century, they adapted to the region and were able to resist removal by the United States Army. Migrants to the region who wanted to develop plantations first proposed draining the Everglades in 1848, but no work of this type was attempted until 1882. Canals were constructed throughout the first half of the 20th century, and spurred the South Florida economy, prompting land development. In 1947, Congress formed the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project, which built 1,400 miles (2,300 km) of canals, levees, and water control devices. The Miami metropolitan area grew substantially at this time and Everglades water was diverted to cities. Portions of the Everglades were transformed into farmland, where the primary crop was sugarcane. Approximately 50 percent of the original Everglades has been developed as agricultural or urban areas. Following this period of rapid development and environmental degradation, the ecosystem began to receive notable attention from conservation groups in the 1970s. Internationally, UNESCO and the Ramsar Convention designated the Everglades a Wetland Area of Global Importance. The construction of a large airport 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Everglades National Park was blocked when an environmental study found that it would severely damage the South Florida ecosystem. With heightened awareness and appreciation of the region, restoration began in the 1980s with the removal of a canal that had straightened the Kissimmee River. However, development and sustainability concerns have remained pertinent in the region. The deterioration of the Everglades, including poor water quality in Lake Okeechobee, was linked to the diminishing quality of life in South Florida's urban areas. In 2000 the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was approved by Congress to combat these problems. To date, it is the most expensive and comprehensive environmental restoration attempt in history, but its implementation has faced political complications.

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Facts and Stats for Everglades*

  • Pollution Statistics in Everglades

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    • Air Pollution 28.37 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 47.87 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 47.92 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 28.26 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35.56 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 23.47 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 32.22 (Low)
  • Everglades: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Everglades for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Everglades.

    • Burglary and Theft 45.89 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 47.76 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 56.65 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 62.66 (High)
    • Car Stealing 48.08 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 55.33 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 46.15 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 64.87 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 68.44 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.15 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 29.49 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.73 (Moderate)
  • Living in Everglades - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Everglades is 152.07 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 48.03 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 85.9 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 38 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.97 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 76.44 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 65.83 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.49 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 85.11 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Everglades

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Everglades

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 74.75 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.56 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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