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Orange Park, FL, City and Education Information

Orange Park, Florida, is a small town in northeastern Florida, just outside the city of Jacksonville. It has a few career and specialty institutions that primarily offer certificate programs within town limits, while a number of larger colleges and universities can be found nearby. Read about the population, attractions and economy of this Florida town, and get info about postsecondary institutions in the area.

Information about Orange Park, Florida

Orange Park, Florida, is located in the northeast part of the state, about 20 miles up the coast from Florida's largest city, Jacksonville. With about 8,600 inhabitants, according to 2014 U.S. census estimates, Orange Park is one of Florida's smaller cities, but its location along Florida's A1A Highway puts it within easy access of many of the area's population centers and cultural attractions, such as the 100 miles of beaches along Florida's Atlantic coast.

The town's Clarke House Park features a home built in the 1900's that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Orange Park is located near the headquarters of the Professional Golf Association, as well as many challenging golf courses and fishing spots. The town is also within a day's drive of one of the country's oldest marine parks, the Gulfarium, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Pensacola. Just down the road from Orange Park is St. Augustine, America's oldest continually inhabited city. Anastasia Island State Park is located on the AIA Highway and features one of Florida's most popular Atlantic beaches.

Higher Education

One school is based out of Orange Park, Everest University-Orange Park. An additional 8 public and private non-profit schools are available within 20 miles of Orange Park. Nearby Jacksonville is home to the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University. UNF has about 16,000 students and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It was ranked 50th among regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Jacksonville University also offers undergraduate programs and a small number of master's degrees. It was ranked 65th in the South by U.S. News in 2016. Other institutions of higher learning in the area include Trinity Baptist College, Florida State College, Edward Waters College and Jones College in Jacksonville.

Economy and Employment

The most common occupations for residents, according to 2010-2014 census data, was health care and social assistance with about 3,100 jobs. Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services employed about 1,100 people, while accommodation and food services employed about 900 people.

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