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The elevation of a city tells us how high or low it is in relation to sea level. Many major cities around the United States, like Miami, are situated in coastal locations, so tend to have relatively low elevations of less than 500 feet (152 m). Miami's elevation is just 6 feet (2 m), with its highest point reaching 42 feet (13 m). This is in line with much of the rest of Florida, which is the third lowest state of all in terms of mean elevation. Only Delaware and Louisiana have lower mean elevations than Florida, which records a rating of just 100 feet (30 m) in this statistic.
Florida also has the unique distinction of being the flattest state of all, with the smallest difference between its highest and lowest points. The highest point in the entire state of Florida is Britton Hill, a relatively small high in Walton County on the Panhandle, which has an elevation of 345 feet (105 m). The state of Florida’s lowest point is the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, which are at sea level. Due to the fact that Florida has such a long coastline and is generally very flat, without any big mountain ranges or high areas, most of its towns and cities have low elevations.
The state's capital, Tallahassee, has an elevation of 203 feet (62 m), while Orlando, one of the Sunshine State's most famous cities, has an elevation of 82 feet (25 m). Tampa, meanwhile, has an elevation of 48 feet (14.6 m), while the city of Jacksonville has an elevation of 16 feet (5 m). So, when compared to almost any other city around the Sunshine State, Miami usually has a lower elevation and is one of the lowest major cities in the entire United States.