ABOUT THE CITY
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.
The “River City” is also Florida’s most populous city. Jacksonville is home to a number of annual cultural events. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is held every April and is the second-largest jazz festival in the nation. The Jacksonville Film Festival is held every May and features a variety of independent films, documentaries, and shorts screening at seven historic venues in the city. The Art Walk, a monthly outdoor art festival, is sponsored by Downtown Vision, Inc, an organization which works to promote artistic talent and venues on the First Coast. Every July 4th is the Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks celebration, one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays, held at Metropolitan Park.
The city’s climate is subtropical but tends to be cooler than the Florida peninsula to the south, making outdoor events and sports outings comfortably accommodated year round. From seashore to the forest, nurtured by the majestic St. Johns River, Jacksonville offers wonderful opportunities for you as a new resident.
- Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States with over 840 square miles.
- Jacksonville was named for General Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of Florida who, incidentally, never visited Jacksonville
- Duval Street, like the county, was named for William Pope Duval, the first Territorial Governor of Florida.
- Isiah Hart, who founded Jacksonville, named two of the city’s first streets after his daughters, Julia and Laura.
- Hemming Park, the city’s oldest public park, is named for Charles C. Hemming, a Civil War veteran and Jacksonville native.
- The Mayport Ferry is Florida’s only public auto ferry and connects Jacksonville’s beaches to the Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island areas.
- The St. Johns River is one of just a few rivers in North America that flows north instead of south.
- The eclectic Five Points area, with unique shops and dining experiences, is named for its landmark five-way intersection.
- The military employs over 30,000 active-duty personnel and nearly 20,000 civilians in the Jacksonville area.
- As of 2018, the median age in Northeast Florida is 36 years old – younger than all major cities in Florida.
-Winters, P.: Fast Facts, https://www.visitjacksonville.com/media/fast-facts/.