About the St. Johns, Duval, Clay, Baker & Nassau Counties
The Jacksonville area offers a uniquely
diversified cosmopolitan life-style with excellent cultural, social,
educational, recreational, and housing opportunities. It is a vast open city
with a rich combination of natural and human resources that make this "River
City by the Sea" an ideal place to live.
Jacksonville has a life-style that is
open, relaxed, congenial, and oriented toward the outdoors every day of the
year. Almost 75 square miles within the city are water-rivers, creeks, and
lakes where sailing, fishing, boating and water sports are year-round
activities, even in the heart of the city.
It is a city of beautiful residential
neighborhoods with a planned system of well-maintained parks and green belt
areas- a city of gardens and trees, many of which retain their foliage the year
round. Community beaches dot the shoreline for 50 miles north and south.
The dimensions of opportunity for
entertainment and recreation are enhanced by Jacksonville's neighboring
resorts of Ponte Vedra, Amelia Island Plantation, and Sawgrass-headquarters
for the Players Championship. Within 40 miles of downtown Jacksonville are St.
Augustine and Fernandina Beach with their rich historical heritage.
The symphony, the theater, the ballet,
and numerous Arts Festivals, such as the Annual Jazz Festival, anchor a social
and cultural calendar to suit all tastes. The city's museums, including the
Cummer Gallery, Jacksonville Art Museum, and the Zoological Gardens are well
worth the visit as well.
The cost of living in Jacksonville is
among the most affordable in the country and lower than Florida cities of
comparable size. Neither the state of Florida or the city of Jacksonville has a
personal income tax. Especially significant is the low cost of housing, which
is 15% less than the national average for new homes, and even less for existing
homes. As of December 1999, Jacksonville rated 97.0 in the cost of living index
with the national average equal to 100.
Jacksonville is considered far more than
a vacation spot. In its January 1999 issue, Expansion Management Magazine
rated Jacksonville the #1 "Hottest City" in America for business relocation.
Since 1995, Jacksonville has consistently been ranked in the top ten in Money
Magazine's Annual "Best Places to Live" survey.
With three active Naval Bases in the
region, approximately 4,000 Navy and military personnel each year retire to
exit the service in Jacksonville. In fact, Jacksonville is one of the most
popular "points of exit" for Navy personnel. After being stationed in
Jacksonville, many military families choose to make the city their home after
they leave the armed services. The Jacksonville area is the third largest naval
concentration in the world after Norfolk, and San Diego. The military presence
represents 20% of the population and has an annual economic impact of $6
Jacksonville is a scenic and strategic
location excellent for both working and living. The St. Johns River and the
Atlantic Ocean are both beautiful and functional, used for leisure,
transportation, and industry. We have in Jacksonville one of the nation's
busiest ports. Within eight hours, any product produced in Jacksonville can be
delivered to any destination within the continental United States by rail, air,
water and interstate.
The Jacksonville market has consistently
lower unemployment than the state and the nation. Metropolitan Jacksonville
has a diversified economy, which included retail and wholesale trade,
government services, manufacturing, health care, finance and
Measuring 840 square miles, Jacksonville
is the largest city in area in the contiguous United States. As northeast
Florida's largest county in population and landmass, Duval County claims
751,300 residents (the Jacksonville MSA has one million residents).
Jacksonville ranks as the 15th largest city in population in the U.S. The city
has a consolidated city and county government system.
The River City Renaissance revitalization
plan has resulted in welcome additions including downtown shopping at The
Landing, The Prime Osborn Convention Center, expansion of the Automated Skyway
Express, and the new Times Union Performing Arts Center. Some of the annual
activities in Jacksonville include: the Toyota Gator Bowl, the 15K River Run,
the Kingfish Tournament, and the Florida/Georgia NCA football game.
Last but not least, Jacksonville is the
home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The impact of the Jaguars on the city has
been truly astounding. The economic benefit was immediate, and our city
blossomed once we were named one of the NFL's expansion cities. One of the
reasons the NFL chose Jacksonville as its 30th expansion team is because the
city is on the move with substantial growth and purchasing power. Cheer for the
Jaguars at the state-of-the-art ALLTEL Stadium along the St. Johns River and
experience the overwhelming spirit and affection that envelopes this
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