Jacksonville is located in Northeast Florida. According to the US Census Bureau in 2004, the city of Jacksonville had a population of 777,704. It is the county seat of Duval County. Jacksonville is located in a region called the First Coast because of its close proximity to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.
Jacksonville's natural beauty is largely due to Atlantic Ocean and St. Johns River. The Jacksonville Beaches bustle with nightlife, shops and restaurants. In the city downtown, the Jacksonville Landing along the Riverwalk is a fun gathering spot with more restaurants and shops.
The city's largest cultural event is the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The Springing the Blues Festival is held annually at Jacksonville Beach. The Riverwalk downtown dazzles the city of Jacksonville every July 4th with an incredible display of fireworks, one of the largest in the country.
Jacksonville was chosen to host the Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005. Every year, Jacksonville hosts the ACC Championship and Gator Bowl collegiate football games. It is also home to a number of professional sports teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL), Jacksonville Suns (minor league baseball), and Jacksonville Barracudas (ice hockey team.)
Golf has a major presence in the Jacksonville area with the Tournament Players Club held at Saw Grass in Ponte Vedra. Nearby is the World Golf Village and World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine.
Jacksonville is the largest city in land area of the contiguous 48 states. It was ranked the 13th largest city by population in the United States. Some of its communities have their own municipal government including Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach. Here is a bird's eye view of Jacksonville.
Jacksonville's is home to many corporations including CSX Transportation, Winn-Dixie, TNT Logistics, Tiger Telematics and Stein Mart. The Naval Air Station in Jacksonville (NAS Jax) was established on the Westside of Jacksonville during World War II. More than 20,000 pilots and air crewmen have been trained there. Today, NAS Jax employs over 23,000 civilian and active duty personnel and is the third largest navy installation in the country.
Jacksonville has a talented work force and a rich job market. Professionals such lawyers, doctors, advertising executives and others take advantage of the diversity that Jacksonville offers.
Jacksonville has a booming real estate market that includes Jacksonville Condos, Apartments, and single family homes in the many Jacksonville area neighborhoods. Jacksonville's boom is largely due to the discovery of its offerings including beautiful beaches, water sports, professional sports teams, and annual festivals and events throughout the year.
When visiting Jacksonville for a vacation or business there are many attractions from its beautiful beaches with fossilized shark's teeth to nearby Amelia Island with luxurious resorts. If you're a sports fan, don't miss out on the abundance of events from the Gator Bowl to the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville has many hotels on the water and offer vacationer's entertainment such as boat cruises, sailing, fishing charters and more.