Jacksonville, Florida: City and Education Information

Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida by population and the largest in the lower 48 states by land area. Its nearly 854,000 residents come from many backgrounds. The University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Trinity Baptist College and several other institutions of higher learning are located in the city.

Jacksonville Basics

Jacksonville is spread out over 840 square miles (almost three times as much area as New York City), and its metropolitan area has a total population of 1.4 million. Jacksonville lines both banks of the St. Johns River, and the city resides on 22 miles of coastline. Two major interstate highways converge on Jacksonville, but more important to its economy are the four modern seaport facilities. Jacksonville is also served by Jacksonville International Airport.

The hottest month for Jacksonville is July, and, being subtropical in climate, the city receives relatively substantial rainfall in the summer months. While perhaps not as trendy as the southern parts of Florida, Jacksonville still has popular beaches and offers a number of maritime activities, including river cruises and deep-sea fishing. Nature excursions throughout the sprawling city are also popular for locals and tourists alike.

Education in Jacksonville

Jacksonville residents have access to a number of public and private institutions of higher learning. Jacksonville University, a 4-year private institution offering bachelor's through doctoral degrees, had nearly 4,100 enrolled students, as of Fall 2014. The University of North Florida is one of the larger public universities in the city, with nearly 16,000 students. An even larger school is Florida State College at Jacksonville, enrolling more than 25,500 students in its associate's and bachelor's degree and certificate programs.

Jacksonville Economy

Defense, transportation and tourism are major industries in Jacksonville, which Forbes magazine rated the 31st best place in the U.S. for business and careers in 2015. Naval Air Station Jacksonville is one of the city's top employers, and the Florida Air National Guard is based at the city's international airport. Additionally, several Fortune 500 companies, including CSX Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, FIS and Landstar System, are headquartered in Jacksonville.

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