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Overview

Introduction to Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fernandina Beach, Florida, in Nassau county, is 26 miles NE of Jacksonville, Florida. The city is located in the Jacksonville metropolitan area.

Fernandina Beach History

There are at least two different stories behind the naming of Fernandina Beach. According to one, it was named in the honor of one of the earliest land owners, Domingo Fernandez. The other legend suggests that the name was based upon the earlier name of Cuba. It is said that the Tories took refuge on this island when Britain had lost control of its colonies. It also functioned as a smuggler’s port when bringing slaves into the country had become illegal.

Fernandina Beach and Nearby Attractions

  • Fort Clinch State Park.
  • Amelia Island Lighthouse.
  • Egans Creek Greenway.
  • Central Park.

Things To Do In Fernandina Beach

Fernandina Beach is a secluded area. It is still comparatively undiscovered. The popular activities of this area include fishing, shelling, swimming, sailing, boating and wind surfing. Couples can avail of sunset cruises. One can also ride horse-drawn carriages. The city has a water park, as well as facilities for sports like golf and tennis. There are nature trails, campsites and swimming pools as well.

Fernandina Beach Transportation

Jacksonville International Airport provides access to air transportation.

Fernandina Beach Higher Education

College education is available from nearby Florida Community College.

People

Total Population 11,990
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 27.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,959
Age of the Population 52

Families

% of people married 52.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,699
% Above Poverty Level 87.6%
% Below Poverty Level 12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,126
Median House Value $267,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.6%
Irish 11.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fernandina Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 26 miles NE of Jacksonville, Florida
County Nassau
Metro Area Jacksonville
Standard Zip Codes 32034
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32035
Phone Area Codes 904
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.669
Longitude -81.462

Fernandina Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station FERNANDINA BEACH
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 58 to 76 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 65 to 78 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches
Station JACKSONVILLE INTL AP
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 64 F
Apr Temp 55 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches
Station MAYPORT PILOT STN
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 64 F
Apr Temp 59 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 66 to 80 F
Annual Precip 41 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fernandina Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Amelia City (32034)

Amelia Island (32034)

Amelia Village (32035)

Fernandina (32034, 32035)

Five Points Hamilton (32035)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlantic Beach 12,961 $90,899
Callahan 1,291 $37,885

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fernandina Beach Public Libraries

Library
Nassau County Public Library System
25 N. 4TH STREET
Fernandina Beach, Florida
(904) 277-7367
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Fernandina Beach Hospitals

BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER NASSAU
(Government - Local)
1250 S 18TH ST
(904) 321-3500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fernandina Beach High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
435 CITRONA DRIVE
904-491-7937
Serves 1,660 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1112 JASMINE STREET
904-491-7941
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 392 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

NASSAU COMMUNITY ACADEMY
1201 ATLANTIC AVENUE
904-491-9899
A Non-traditional School
Serves 74 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

NASSAU HALFWAY HOUSE
1781 LISA AVENUE
904-491-9883
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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