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Jacksonville Fl

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Located in Northeast Florida in Duval County, Jacksonville sits at the crossroads of two interstate highways, Jacksonville is the largest city in the contiguous United States in land area, a major port, the insurance and financial center of the state, site of U.S. Navy bases and the home of the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 777,704 [1]. It is the principal city on the First Coast region of Florida

Some statistics

The Jacksonville metropolitan area is ranked as the 14thth largest city in the United States with more than 1.3 million residents. Jacksonville encompasses 841 square miles.
The median age is 36, making it one of the youngest cities in Florida.
The cost of living per the 2nd quarter(stats by Accra) is 91.5, making this one of the lowest CGI's in Florida.
Jacksonville is surrounded by water. The eastern edge borders the Ocean. Several big Atlantic beaches and beautiful barrier islands lie just east and north of the city.
The St. Johns River winds through the downtown then turns north heading to the Ocean.
Jacksonville lies just a few hours drive from Atlanta, Charleston, and Savannah, if your taste runs to exploring surrounding cities, and, aside from its Beaches and the Ocean itself, at the center of watery paradises like the St. Johns estuary, the Okefenokee Swamp, and the Georgia Sea Islands.
As of June 2005, the median home price was $211,000 -- probably the lowest in coastal Florida. In fact, in some ways, Jax is the still-undiscovered bargain of coastal Florida.
Jacksonville has schools that rank in top ten% nationally, a vibrant arts community and abundant medical/heath facilities (20 major hospitals) and first class transportation facilities.
The Jacksonville metropolitan area, which includes three beach cities and Clay, Baker, Nassau and St. Johns counties just may be the most diverse metro area in all Florida. And though sprawled as it is across the whole corner of northeast Florida, it has a great infrastructure and feels “user-friendly
Average temperatures
Dec - Feb: 54
Mar - May: 67
Jun - Aug: 81
Sep - Nov: 70
Industries providing employment:
Educational,health and social services
Finance,insurance,real Estate,and rental and leasing
Retail trade
Jacksonville Downtown
General Neighborhood Information
Downtown is centrally located in a region of 1.2 million people. It is the symbolic and geographic center of the city and metropolitan area.
Downtown has over 5.6 miles of riverfront, of which 4 miles are developed with riverfront trail. An additional 2.75 miles of riverfront development are scheduled to be completed this year.
Downtown is one of the few public places in Jacksonville with access to the St. Johns River.
Many of the region’s largest public and cultural facilities are located Downtown, including the convention center, the stadium, the arena, the ballpark, the main library branch, theatres, museums and performing arts organizations.
Downtown has 256 acres of parks and public space.
There are over 1300 housing units available Downtown, of which approximately 900 are currently occupied.
Downtown is statistically one of the safest areas in Jacksonville, with a total crime index lower than 70% of the rest of the city.
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Quality of life:
How would you like to live in an area that has a great quality of life, a low cost of living, a mild breezy climate, lots of sun and white sandy beaches? Add in the fact that you can enjoy all the benefits that a big city has to offer, like pro sports-shopping, first class restaurants, Arts and Culture, and real diversity.
Jacksonville and it’s six neighboring counties is just that place. In addition the job-employment picture is good here. What if your tastes run to living in a rural community or maybe you like a metropolitan or downtown setting? Then the Jacksonville area is also it.
Many areas are quiet and rural, and hark back to an older Florida. Check out the little village of Green Cove Springs, with brick streets and lakeside venue, and a spring-fed spa that dates back to the days when this part of Florida was a resort at the end of the train line. Or Black Creek, where pirates hid out after raids on the Spanish Armada five centuries ago!
Another great spot just outside Jacksonville (city) is Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. These areas are filled with unique shops, restaurants and music venues. What a great place to spend an evening or go to on the weekends. oh, by the way, even though these are popular places, there are no parking meters. How's that for friendly?
In conclusion, the Jacksonville area is a great blend of big city life and yet rural life. Plus it's still affordable!
A good site for more information is at

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Fernadina Beach

Fernadina Beach, Florida
Nassau County
Population: 11,610

Fernandina Beach, Florida serves up natural beauty and a history that moves freely with a future that starts today. We invite you to reestablish a bond with the most important areas of your life – family, friends, and good times.
Amelia Island holds Fenadina Beach in the palm of its hand and offers every amenity a person could ever imagine.

You will begin your journey at the heart of it all: 13 miles of the most beautiful beaches in all Florida. Clear, peaceful waters will tickle your feet while you stroll the sandy paradise. First class championship golf courses beckon the golfers of every skill level while upscale spas and resorts play apart of every girl’s fantasy.

Please join us and learn first hand why Fernadina Beach in Amelia Island Florida has ranked the highest island destination by the people who know pristine beaches in a personal way.

General Information –
• 10.7 square miles of land area
• Average Summer temperature: 87 degrees
• Winter temperature: 48 degrees
• Average yearly precipitation: 49 inches
• Median Household income $52,988
• Cost of living index: 89.8
• Median House value $267,949
• Median property taxes: $1,256
• Median Age rage: 43
• Eastern Time Zone
• Average travel time to work: 23 minutes
• More than 32% residents have earned their Bachelor’s Degree
• Over 56% of the population is married
• Population density per square mile: 1083

Employment Industries

*Construction (13%)
*Accommodation and food services (13%)
*Paper (7%)
*Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
*Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
*Public administration (4%)
*Educational services (4%)

Employment Opportunities

*Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (8%)
• *Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
• *Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
• *Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
• *Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
• *Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
• *Other production occupations including supervisors (3%)

Fernandina Beach is home of the Baptist Medical Center, and within 27 miles of three medical centers, one a close distance of 17 miles north, in Saint Mary’s, Georgia.

Also located in the city you will find nine schools, which include elementary, middle, high school, and others.

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Orange Park

Orange Park, Florida
Clay County
Population: 9,043

Orange Park, Florida is located just outside of Jacksonville and boasts six golf courses that will keep on the green every weekend! Eagle Harbor Golf Club and Golf Club at Flemming Island both have been featured in Golf Digest!

 Nightlife abounds in Orange Park with breweries, saloons, and poolrooms to entertain the men, and maybe the ladies!

But Orange Park offers plenty for the family and would be a great place to raise your children. There are 21 elementary, middle, and high schools. Of these, there are seven different private schools to choose from! When high school behind your child’s education, they will be able to continue their learning in college with ten higher education facilities in close driving distance.

Orange Park will be there for all your health needs. With four hospitals and medical centers right at your finger tips, your emergency and on going health concerns will be taken care of professionally and in a timely manner.

Over all, Orange Park is a great place to live.  We invite you to come and see for yourself why we love Orange Park!

General Information

  •  3.90 square miles of landmass
  •   2321 people per square mile
  • Average age: 42
  • Average Household income: $59,600
  • Median house or condo valued at $236,316
  • Cost of living index: 85.6
  • Over 25% of residents have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Average travel time to work:  24 minutes
  • Over 58% of residents are married
  • Time zone: Eastern Time
  • Average property taxes: $1,205
  • Average summer temperature: 90 degrees
  • Average winter temperature: 45 degrees
  • Yearly precipitation:  49 inches 

Employment Industries

Public administration (14%)
Construction (12%)
Finance and insurance (7%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
Health care (6%)
Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
Accommodation and food services (4%)

Employment Opportunities

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3%)
Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)

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St Augustine

St, Augustine is a wonderful, quiet residential town located on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean forty miles south of Jacksonville in an otherwise fairly undeveloped part of St Johns County. It has a population of 14,000 and occupies 8.4 square miles. The San Sebastian and Matanzas Rivers thread through it; three bridges lead to the barrier island beaches. To the west is farm country and the St. Johns river and lake system.
Nearest cities:
St. Augustine’s location may be delightfully small town, but other cities are not far away. For example, Downtown Jacksonville is only about 45 minutes North, Daytona Beach about an hour South, Gainesville about an hour West.
Some smaller towns or sites are nearby:

Butler Beach, FL (3.3 miles)
St. Augustine Beach, FL (3.4 miles)
Crescent Beach, FL (5.0 miles)
Villano Beach, FL (8.6 miles),
Marineland, FL (11.9 miles)
Hastings, FL (15.2 miles)
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Jacksonville’s international airport and rail connections are also nearby.

About the city of St Augustine:
St Augustine has a rich history. It is the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States. It was founded and settled forty-two years before Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. For more or less 250 years Spain ruled its Florida colony from this spot, until ceding it to the United States in 1821.

Today St. Augustine is an elegant small town/city whose Spanish roots are still very visible. St Augustine definitely has a relaxed atmosphere as compared to the hustle of the nearby theme parks or much of urban coastal Florida. Yet it’s also a college town (Flagler College) and has a lively cultural and night life associated with both the college and the historic district.
The 144-block downtown historic district is like none other in the United States. Spanish-colonial architecture, museums, and historic buildings combine with authentic period costumes worn by many workers, and a relaxed pedestrian environment for all, to create an Old World European ambience. The narrow cobblestone streets are full of cafes, bars, art galleries and antique stores.

Not too surprising, all this picturesqueness has made St Augustine’s historic district one of the more popular spots for weddings and honeymoons in the country.
If you live here, you’re fortunate! Despite the throngs of daytiime visitors, tourism simply feels like it has a lighter footprint here than some other places. Or so it seems to me. Residents tell me they delight in the historic district, both for itself and for its complement to all the fine restaurants, theater, live music, bookstores and cafes which help make this such a livable small city.

The environment and outdoor recreation
One could almost say that St. Augustine has two coasts. Here’s what I mean.
St Augustine has 43 miles of beautiful natural beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, out past the dramatic coastal marshes along the Tolomato and Matanzas Rivers. The most popular beach areas are:

Guana River at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
South Ponte Vedra Beach
Vilano Beach
Anastasia State Park
St. Augustine Beach
Butler Beach
Crescent Beach
Fort Matanzas National Monument Park
For more general info about the area’s parks and beaches go to
But St. Augustine also has a fresh-water side to it. Because the orientation here (naturally) is salt-water coastal, it’s easy to forget that just 15-20 miles west, along some of Florida’s prettiest mainland “backcountry” lies the St. John’s River, very wide and dramatic at this point, and a watersports home to all kinds of fresh-water river and lake fun. If you live here, or think about moving here, this is important.
This part of the St. Johns is the stretch of river that defined Florida’s 19th century Steamboat Era, and was the watery jumping-off point for the exploration of Florida’s interior before the railroads came through. Small, interesting towns like Green Cove Springs, Picolata, Welaka, and Palatka were part of that history, and make for great automobile exploring outings.
If beaching, boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and exploring don’t claim some of your spare time outdoors after you move here, golf might – there’s lots of it here, and some folks retire here with golf in mind.

And I’d like to mention one of my favorite outdoor destinations in all of Florida, The St. Augustine Alligator Farm & Zoological Park. Of course the alligators and other creatures – not to mention the total ease of getting to the Park – make for repetitive fun visits with kids. But the story for me is the birds: Zillions of egrets, wood storks and herons have long nested above the alligator swamp in this pristine place, coming back again and again every spring. The habitat is preserved “forever wild.”
Here’s the neat part: Boardwalks wind through the rookery, providing amazing up-close, eye-level, sometimes above-the-trees looks at adult birds, chicks, and nests. Ever thought about nature photography? You will, after this experience. Warning: it can be addictive.

Employment and business opportunities
St. Augustine has enough scale for people moving here to work either locally or in Jacksonville, a short commute away.
Employment by Industry:

Educational, health and social services
Retail trade
Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services
The Chamber’s Perspective:

St. Johns County has attracted an energetic workforce that is stable and satisfied.
Plus, they are highly skilled – two-thirds of our high school graduates have advanced training and education.
And within an easy commuting distance is an affordable, skilled labor pool of 400,000 people.
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In conclusion
St Augustine is a unique city and would be a great place to live. You’d have a small town feel, yet great restaurants, arts and culture and the big city life of Jacksonville less than an hour away.

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