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Overview

Introduction to Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, located in the northeast corner of Florida, is the state's largest city (and the country's largest in land area, with 800+ square miles). Named after Andrew Jackson, the city was settled in 1816 and incorporated in 1832. Destroyed during the Civil war, Jacksonville was rebuilt, becoming a major industrial city and a transportation hub. Three US Navy installations are in the area. Today, Jacksonville is a growing city of around 750,000, with a young population and a strong economy that is diversified among technical, manufacturing and service industries. Inc. magazine ranked Jacksonville #8 on its list of Top Cities for Doing Business in America.

Jacksonville Culture

Jacksonville colleges include Florida Community College, the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Florida Metropolitan University, Florida Technical College, Remington College, Edward Waters College, the Sanford-Brown Institute and ITT Technical Institute.

Jacksonville Sports and Leisure

Jacksonville's many cultural attractions include a symphony orchestra, a zoo, many art galleries and museums. Downtown, the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, renovated in 2003, is a new 60,000 square foot, six-floor facility, with a permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, educational facilities and a theater. The Cummer Museum of Art, the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida, has a large collection of 18th century porcelain figures. For history, there's the Museum of Science and History and the Museum of Southern History. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is an annual 4-day, multi-venue event that combines music and art each spring.

For spectator sports, 73,000-seat Alltel Stadium hosts the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, as well as the Gator Bowl each New Year's Day and the 2005 Super Bowl. Next to Alltel is the brand-new, 10,000-seat Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, where the Jacksonville Suns, the AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play minor league baseball. Across the street at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, the Barracudas play minor league hockey. Just 90 miles away, Daytona is the site of NASCAR's Daytona 500 road race each February.

Jacksonville Outdoors

With warm temperatures throughout the year and dozens of beaches nearby, Jacksonville has unlimited recreational possibilities. The Atlantic coast of Northern Florida is a popular spot for surfing, swimming and boating. Lively Jacksonville Beach is the most popular surfing, swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating beach. The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier is an accessible spot for fishing, with no license required. Anastasia State Recreation Area in St. Augustine is an 1,800-acre park with miles of beach and a saltwater lagoon filled with bluefish, pompano, and other bounties of the sea. More than 50 golf courses can be found in the Jacksonville area, including many of the top courses in the country. The World Golf Village in nearby St. Augustine has the Golf Hall of Fame, an IMAX theatre and three 18-hole courses, including the only course designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

Jacksonville at Night

As popular as Jacksonville's beaches are by day, they're even more popular at night, with many bars, restaurants and entertainment venues at Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach. Downtown, the Riverwalk, a 1.2-mile boardwalk on the banks of the St. Johns River, has restaurants, shops and entertainment. Ponte Vedra Beach has many upscale restaurants. Microbreweries, sports bars and Irish bars can be found up and down the coast from Georgia border to St. Augustine. With a young population (median under 34, younger than most Florida cities), great beaches and constant sunshine, Jacksonville is a great place to be.

People

Total Population 837,533
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 377,025
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 43.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.5%
Median Earnings25+ $33,703
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,775
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,345

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,944
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $932
Median House Value $138,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.8%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 9.6%

Jacksonville Almanac

Category Value
County Duval
Metro Area Jacksonville
Standard Zip Codes 32099, 32202, 32204, 32205, 32206, 32207, 32208, 32209, 32210, 32211, 32212, 32216, 32217, 32218, 32219, 32220, 32221, 32222, 32223, 32224, 32225, 32226, 32227, 32233, 32234, 32244, 32246, 32250, 32254, 32256, 32257, 32258, 32259, 32266, 32277
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32201, 32203, 32215, 32228, 32229, 32230, 32231, 32232, 32235, 32236, 32237, 32238, 32239, 32240, 32241, 32245, 32247, 32255, 32260, 32267
Company Zip Codes 32214, 32276, 32290
Phone Area Codes 904
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.331
Longitude -81.655

Jacksonville 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 JACKSONVILLE NAS
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 64 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 90 F
Oct Temp 63 to 79 F
Annual Precip 48.9 inches
Station JACKSONVILLE INTL AP
Distance 11.9 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 15 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, Jacksonville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cecil Field (32215)

Dinsmore (32219)

Jacksonville N A S (32212)

Julington Creek (32259)

Maxville (32234)

Mayport (32227, 32228)

Mayport Nav S (32228)

Maypt Nav Hou (32227)

Nas Jacksonvle (32212)

Nas Jax (32212)

Saint Johns (32259)

Switzerland (32259)

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 12,840 $87,583
Baldwin 1,822 $40,417
Callahan 1,187 $37,917
Jacksonville Beach 21,822 $78,571
Neptune Beach 6,733 $93,750
Orange Park 8,472 $60,075

Jacksonville Public Libraries

Library
Jacksonville Public Library
122 NORTH OCEAN STREET
Jacksonville, Florida
(904) 630-1994
Library Web Site

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Jacksonville Hospitals

ST VINCENT'S MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1800 BARRS ST
(904) 308-7300
Emergency Service: Yes

BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
800 PRUDENTIAL DR
(904) 202-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

SHANDS JACKSONVILLE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
655 W 8TH ST
(904) 244-0411
Emergency Service: Yes

ST LUKE'S HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
4201 BELFORT RD
(904) 296-3700
Emergency Service: Yes

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL JACKSONVILLE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
3625 UNIVERSITY BLVD SOUTH
(904) 399-6111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Jacksonville High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

SANDALWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
2750 JOHN PROM BOULEVARD
904-646-5100
Serves 3,122 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

MANDARIN HIGH SCHOOL
4831 GREENLAND ROAD
904-260-3911
Serves 2,799 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

TERRY PARKER HIGH SCHOOL
7301 PARKER SCHOOL ROAD
904-720-1650
Serves 2,151 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

BARTRAM TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL
2050 ROBERTS ROAD
904-819-8340
Serves 2,124 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

SAMUEL W. WOLFSON HIGH SCHOOL
7000 POWERS AVENUE
904-739-5265
Serves 2,037 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

EDWARD H. WHITE HIGH SCHOOL
1700 OLD MIDDLEBURG ROAD
904-693-7620
Serves 2,005 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

FIRST COAST HIGH SCHOOL
590 DUVAL STATION ROAD
904-757-0080
Serves 1,959 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

ENGLEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
4412 BARNES ROAD
904-739-5212
Serves 1,895 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

ROBERT E. LEE HIGH SCHOOL
1200 S MCDUFF AVENUE
904-381-3930
Serves 1,852 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

NATHAN B. FORREST HIGH SCHOOL
5530 FIRESTONE ROAD
904-573-1170
Serves 1,634 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

WILLIAM M. RAINES HIGH SCHOOL
3663 RAINES AVENUE
904-924-3049
Serves 1,589 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.7

PAXON SCHOOL/ADVANCED STUDIES
3239 NORMAN E THAGARD BOU
904-693-7583
Serves 1,566 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

STANTON COLLEGE PREPARATORY
1149 W 13TH STREET
904-630-6760
Serves 1,539 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

ANDREW JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL
3816 N MAIN STREET
904-630-6950
Serves 1,536 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

FRANK H. PETERSON ACADEMIES
7450 WILSON BOULEVARD
904-573-1150
Serves 1,274 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

JEAN RIBAULT HIGH SCHOOL
3701 WINTON DRIVE
904-924-3092
Serves 1,146 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

DOUGLAS ANDERSON SCHOOL OF ARTS
2445 SAN DIEGO ROAD
904-346-5620
Serves 1,039 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

A. PHILIP RANDOLPH ACADEMIES
1157 GOLFAIR BOULEVARD
904-924-3011
Serves 930 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

HOSPITAL AND HOMEBOUND
4037 BOULEVARD CENTER DRI
904-348-7849
Serves 192 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

BEULAH BEAL YOUNG PARENTS CENTER
330 W 9TH STREET
904-630-6853
A Non-traditional School
Serves 172 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

PALM AVENUE EXCEP. STUDENT CENTER
1301 W PALM AVENUE
904-693-7516
A Special Education School
Serves 172 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.1

MT. HERMAN ESE CENTER
1741 FRANCIS STREET
904-630-6740
A Special Education School
Serves 146 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

ALDEN ROAD EXCEP. STUDENT CENTER
11780 ALDEN ROAD
904-565-2722
A Special Education School
Serves 142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

GRAND PARK CAREER CENTER
2335 W 18TH STREET
904-630-6894
A Non-traditional School
Serves 102 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

MATTIE V RUTHERFORD ALT ED CENTER
1514 HUBBARD STREET
904-630-6782
A Non-traditional School
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

LACKAWANNA ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CENTER
3108 LENOX AVENUE
904-381-3925
A Non-traditional School
Serves 85 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

JACKSONVILLE MARINE INSTITUTE/EAST
13375 BEACH BOULEVARD
904-223-1121
Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS-JAX
2933 UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD
904-448-8002
Serves 82 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.2

PRETRIAL DETENTION FACILITY
2335 W 18TH STREET
904-630-5717
Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

DUVAL HALFWAY HOUSE
2335 W 18TH STREET
904-798-4818
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER
2335 W 18TH STREET
904-630-6747
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

IMPACT HALFWAY HOUSE
2671 HUFFMAN BOULEVARD
904-646-4889
Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

GATEWAY COMMUNITY SERVICES
2671 HUFFMAN BOULEVARD
904-646-4889
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

TIGER SUCCESS CENTER
2335 W 18TH STREET
904-630-6746
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

JACKSONVILLE YOUTH CENTER
202 CENTURY 21 DRIVE
904-724-6488
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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Duval County Court House between 1900 and 1905

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Duval County Court House between 1900 and 1905

Baptist church c1904.

Duval Hotel between 1910 and 1920

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