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Jacksonville in Florida is the state’s largest city and the country’s largest city in size. Located 328 miles north of Miami along the Atlantic coast on the St. Johns River, the city is home to some 1.5 million people.
Originally settled as Fort Caroline, the position by the ocean and on the river meant the town was ideal for transportation and military uses. Both are features of the modern Jacksonville even thought economy has diversified impressively since that time. The Port of Jacksonville is still a major employer as are the Marines and Navy.
Corporate housing in Jacksonville is almost exclusively furnished apartments. It reflects the common accommodation type in the city with new and recent developments of comfortable properties in key areas of the city.
Jacksonville still does trade, transportation and military but it also known for finance, tourism, banking and healthcare.
Military employers in Jacksonville include Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the U.S. Marine Corps Blount Island Command, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Kings Bay is the third largest naval base in the country and employs over 23,000 people.
Civilian employers in Jacksonville include The Port of Jacksonville, Baptist Health, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Florida Blue, Citi, JP Morgan Chase, Southeastern Grocers, UF Health, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Black Knight Financial, UPS, Deutsche Bank, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Aetna, VyStar Credit Union, CSX Corporation and Fanatics.
If you’re flying into Jacksonville, you will likely land at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). It’s a few miles north of the city and linked via buses and various shuttle services.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) runs local buses and the Skyway monorail which covers the center of the city. Buses cover a much wider range.
Arriving by car will see you on I-10, I-95, I-295, Highway 1 or Highway 90. Local routes get busy at rush hour but are more than capable of transporting commuters.
Jacksonville is a ‘proper’ Floridian city with a diversity of architecture, culture, religion, media, influences and a real mix of people. It’s a colorful and interesting place to spend time and with a fairly stable economic base, people are comfortable.
Neighborhoods in Jacksonville include Downtown, LaVilla, Springfield, East Jacksonville, Cathedral District, Brooklyn, Southbank, Riverside, Avondale, Eastside, San Marco, St. Nicholas, Ortega, Mandarin, Northside, Westside, Lake Shore, Murray Hill, New Town and Arlington.
Things to see and do in Jacksonville include Florida Theatre, Friendship Fountain, Main Street Bridge, 5 Jacksonville Terminal, San Marco Theatre, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach, Hemming Park, Memorial Park, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Riverwalk, Jacksonville Jazz Festival and Main Street Cruise.