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Jacksonville is the most populous city in the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Florida and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States.[9][10] It is the seat of Duval County,[11] with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits. With an estimated population of 907,529 as of 2017, Jacksonville is also the most populous city in the southeastern United States.[12] The Jacksonville metropolitan area
Jacksonville metropolitan area
has a population of 1,626,611 and is the fourth largest in Florida.[13] Jacksonville is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
in the First Coast
First Coast
region of northeast Florida, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and 340 miles (550 km) north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches
Jacksonville Beaches
communities are along the adjacent Atlantic
Atlantic
coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole
Seminole
and the Cow Ford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States
United States
gained Florida
Florida
from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida
Florida
Territory and seventh President of the United States. Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its riverine location facilitates Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air
Air
Station Jacksonville, the U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps
Blount Island Command, and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport.[14] Jacksonville's military bases and the nearby Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
form the third largest military presence in the United States.[15] Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics. As with much of Florida, tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf.[16][17] People from Jacksonville may be called "Jacksonvillians" or "Jaxsons" (also spelled "Jaxons").[6][7]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history 1.2 Founding and 19th century 1.3 20th and 21st centuries

1.3.1 1900 to 1939 1.3.2 1940 to 1979 1.3.3 1980 to present

2 Geography

2.1 Cityscape 2.2 Topography 2.3 Architecture 2.4 Neighborhoods 2.5 Climate 2.6 Parks

2.6.1 National parks 2.6.2 State parks 2.6.3 City
City
parks 2.6.4 Other

3 Demographics

3.1 Religion

4 Economy

4.1 Banking
Banking
and financial services 4.2 Logistics 4.3 Media and technology 4.4 Military and defense

5 Culture

5.1 Leisure and entertainment 5.2 Literature, film and television 5.3 Museums and art galleries 5.4 Music 5.5 Sports

6 Government and politics

6.1 Government 6.2 Politics

7 Education

7.1 Primary and secondary education 7.2 Colleges and universities 7.3 Public libraries

8 Infrastructure

8.1 Transportation

8.1.1 Roadways and bridges 8.1.2 Transit system 8.1.3 Rail 8.1.4 Airports 8.1.5 Seaports

8.2 Utilities 8.3 Health

9 Notable people 10 Sister cities 11 See also 12 Notes 13 References 14 Further reading 15 External links

History[edit] Main articles: History of Jacksonville, Florida
Florida
and Timeline of Jacksonville, Florida

Historical affiliations

Kingdom of France
Kingdom of France
1562–1565 Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire
1565–1763 Great Britain 1763–1783 Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire
1783–1821   United States
United States
1821–1861 Confederate States of America
Confederate States of America
1861–1862   United States
United States
1862–present

Early history[edit]

Northeast Florida
Florida
showing Cow Ford (center) from Bernard Romans' 1776 map of Florida

The area of the modern city of Jacksonville has been inhabited for thousands of years. On Black Hammock Island in the national Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, a University of North Florida
Florida
team discovered some of the oldest remnants of pottery in the United States, dating to 2500 BC.[18] In the 16th century, the beginning of the historical era, the region was inhabited by the Mocama, a coastal subgroup of the Timucua
Timucua
people. At the time of contact with Europeans, all Mocama villages in present-day Jacksonville were part of the powerful chiefdom known as the Saturiwa, centered around the mouth of the St. Johns River.[19] One early map shows a village called Ossachite at the site of what is now downtown Jacksonville; this may be the earliest recorded name for that area.[20]

Replica of Jean Ribault's column claiming Florida
Florida
for France
France
in 1562

French Huguenot
Huguenot
explorer Jean Ribault
Jean Ribault
charted the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
in 1562, calling it the River of May because that was the month of his discovery. Ribault erected a stone column at his landing site near the river's mouth, claiming the newly discovered land for France.[21] In 1564, René Goulaine de Laudonnière
René Goulaine de Laudonnière
established the first European settlement, Fort Caroline, on the St. Johns near the main village of the Saturiwa. Philip II of Spain
Philip II of Spain
ordered Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
to protect the interest of Spain
Spain
by attacking the French presence at Fort Caroline. On September 20, 1565, a Spanish force from the nearby Spanish settlement of St. Augustine attacked Fort Caroline, and killed nearly all the French soldiers defending it.[22] The Spanish renamed the fort San Mateo, and following the ejection of the French, St. Augustine's position as the most important settlement in Florida
Florida
was solidified. The location of Fort Caroline
Fort Caroline
is subject to debate but a reconstruction of the fort was established on the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
in 1964.[23] Spain
Spain
ceded Florida
Florida
to the British in 1763 after the French and Indian War, and the British soon constructed the King's Road connecting St. Augustine to Georgia. The road crossed the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
at a narrow point, which the Seminole
Seminole
called Wacca Pilatka and the British called the Cow Ford; these names ostensibly reflect the fact that cattle were brought across the river there.[24][25][26] The British introduced the cultivation of sugar cane, indigo and fruits, as well the export of lumber. As a result, the northeastern Florida
Florida
area prospered economically more than it had under the Spanish.[27] Britain ceded control of the territory to Spain
Spain
in 1783, after being defeated in the American Revolutionary War, and the settlement at the Cow Ford continued to grow. Founding and 19th century[edit]

Union Army
Union Army
guard house on Bay Street in December 1864

After Spain
Spain
ceded the Florida
Florida
Territory to the United States
United States
in 1821, American settlers on the north side of the Cow Ford decided to plan a town, laying out the streets and plats. They named the town Jacksonville, after Andrew Jackson. Led by Isaiah D. Hart, residents wrote a charter for a town government, which was approved by the Florida
Florida
Legislative Council on February 9, 1832. During the American Civil War, Jacksonville was a key supply point for hogs and cattle being shipped from Florida
Florida
to feed the Confederate forces. The city was blockaded by Union forces, who gained control of nearby Fort Clinch. Though no battles were fought in Jacksonville proper, the city changed hands several times between Union and Confederate forces. In the Skirmish of the Brick Church
Skirmish of the Brick Church
in 1862, Confederates won their first victory in the state.[28] However, Union forces captured a Confederate position at the Battle of St. Johns Bluff, and occupied Jacksonville in 1862. Slaves escaped to freedom in Union lines. In February 1864 Union forces left Jacksonville and confronted a Confederate Army
Confederate Army
at the Battle of Olustee, going down to defeat. Union forces retreated to Jacksonville and held the city for the remainder of the war. In March 1864 a Confederate cavalry confronted a Union expedition in the Battle of Cedar Creek. Warfare and the long occupation left the city disrupted after the war.[29] During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, Jacksonville and nearby St. Augustine became popular winter resorts for the rich and famous. Visitors arrived by steamboat and later by railroad. President Grover Cleveland attended the Sub-Tropical Exposition in the city on February 22, 1888 during his trip to Florida.[30] This highlighted the visibility of the state as a worthy place for tourism. The city's tourism, however, was dealt major blows in the late 19th century by yellow fever outbreaks. In addition, extension of the Florida
Florida
East Coast
Coast
Railway further south drew visitors to other areas. From 1893 to 1938, Jacksonville was the site of the Florida
Florida
Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home; it operated a nearby cemetery.[31] 20th and 21st centuries[edit] 1900 to 1939[edit]

Ruins of the courthouse and armory from the Great Fire of 1901

On May 3, 1901, downtown Jacksonville was ravaged by a fire that started as a kitchen fire. Spanish moss at a nearby mattress factory was quickly engulfed in flames and enabled the fire to spread rapidly. In merely eight hours, it swept through 146 city blocks, destroyed over 2,000 buildings, left about 10,000 homeless and killed seven residents. The Confederate Monument in Hemming Park
Hemming Park
was one of the few landmarks to survive the fire. Governor William Sherman Jennings declared martial law and sent the state militia to maintain order; on May 17, municipal authority resumed.[32] It is said the glow from the flames could be seen in Savannah, Georgia, and the smoke plumes seen in Raleigh, North Carolina. Known as the "Great Fire of 1901", it was one of the worst disasters in Florida
Florida
history and the largest urban fire in the southeastern United States. Architect Henry John Klutho was a primary figure in the reconstruction of the city. The first multi-story structure built by Klutho was the Dyal-Upchurch Building in 1902.[33][34] The St. James Building, built on the previous site of the St. James Hotel that burned down, was built in 1912 as Klutho's crowning achievement.[35]

Downtown Jacksonville
Downtown Jacksonville
in 1914

In the 1910s, New York–based filmmakers were attracted to Jacksonville's warm climate, exotic locations, excellent rail access, and cheap labor. Over the course of the decade, more than 30 silent film studios were established, earning Jacksonville the title of "Winter Film Capital of the World". However, the emergence of Hollywood as a major film production center ended the city's film industry. One converted movie studio site, Norman Studios, remains in Arlington; it has been converted to the Jacksonville Silent Film Museum at Norman Studios.[36] During this time, Jacksonville also became a banking and insurance center, with companies such as Barnett Bank, Atlantic
Atlantic
National Bank, Florida
Florida
National Bank, Prudential, Gulf Life, Afro-American Insurance, Independent Life and American Heritage Life thriving in the business district. The U.S. Navy became a major employer and economic force during the 1940s and the Second World War, constructing two Navy bases in the city and the U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps
establishing Blount Island Command. 1940 to 1979[edit] Jacksonville, like most large cities in the United States, suffered from negative effects of rapid urban sprawl after World War II. The construction of federal highways was a kind of subsidy that enabled development of suburban housing, and wealthier, better established residents moved to newer housing in the suburbs. After World War II, the government of the city of Jacksonville began to increase spending to fund new public building projects in the postwar economic boom. Mayor W. Haydon Burns' Jacksonville Story resulted in the construction of a new city hall, civic auditorium, public library and other projects that created a dynamic sense of civic pride. However, the development of suburbs and a subsequent wave of middle class "white flight" resulted in a remaining population with a higher level of poverty overall.[37] Given the postwar migration of residents, businesses, and jobs, the city's tax base declined. It had difficulty funding education, sanitation, and traffic control within the city limits. In addition, residents in unincorporated suburbs had difficulty obtaining municipal services, such as sewage and building code enforcement. In 1958, a study recommended that the city of Jacksonville begin annexing outlying communities in order to create the needed larger geographic tax base to improve services throughout the county. Voters outside the city limits rejected annexation plans in six referendums between 1960 and 1965. The city's largest ethnic group, non-Hispanic white,[37] declined from 75.8% of the population in 1970 to 55.1% by 2010.[38]

News of Jacksonville's consolidation from The Florida
Florida
Times-Union

On December 29, 1963 the Hotel Roosevelt fire
Hotel Roosevelt fire
killed 22 people, the highest one-day death toll in Jacksonville.[39] On September 10, 1964, Hurricane Dora
Hurricane Dora
made landfall near St. Augustine, causing major damage to buildings in North Florida. Hurricane Dora
Hurricane Dora
was the first hurricane to make a direct hit to North Florida.[40] In the mid 1960s, corruption scandals arose among city officials, who were mainly part of a traditional conservative Democratic network that had dominated politics for decades. After a grand jury was convened to investigate, 11 officials were indicted and more were forced to resign. Jacksonville Consolidation, led by J. J. Daniel
J. J. Daniel
and Claude Yates, began to win more support during this period, from both inner-city blacks, who wanted more involvement in government after passage of civil rights legislation restored their ability to vote, and whites in the suburbs, who wanted more services and more control over the central city. In 1964 all 15 of Duval County's public high schools lost their accreditation. This added momentum to proposals for government reform. Lower taxes, increased economic development, unification of the community, better public spending, and effective administration by a more central authority were all cited as reasons for a new consolidated government. When a consolidation referendum was held in 1967, voters approved the plan. On October 1, 1968, the city and county governments merged to create the Consolidated City
City
of Jacksonville. Fire, police, health & welfare, recreation, public works, and housing & urban development were all combined under the new government. In honor of the occasion, then-Mayor Hans Tanzler posed with actress Lee Meredith behind a sign marking the new border of the "Bold New City
City
of the South" at Florida
Florida
13 and Julington Creek.[41] The consolidation created a 900 square mile entity. 1980 to present[edit] Mayor Ed Austin
Ed Austin
was elected into office in 1991, beating incumbent mayor Tommy Hazouri. His most lasting contribution is the River City Renaissance program, a $235 million bond issued in 1993 by the city of Jacksonville which funded urban renewal and revamped the city's historic downtown neighborhoods. Austin oversaw the city's purchase and refurbishing of the St. James Building, which would eventually become Jacksonville's city hall. He was mayor at the time Jacksonville was awarded its National Football League
National Football League
franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars.[42] The NFL
NFL
awarded Jacksonville an NFL
NFL
franchise called the Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
on November 30, 1993.[43] The Better Jacksonville Plan, promoted as a blueprint for Jacksonville's future and approved by Jacksonville voters in 2000, authorized a half-penny sales tax. This would generate most of the revenue required for the $2.25 billion package of major projects that included road & infrastructure improvements, environmental preservation, targeted economic development and new or improved public facilities.[44] In 2005, Jacksonville hosted Super Bowl XXXIX
Super Bowl XXXIX
that was seen by an estimated 86 million viewers.[45] In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew
caused major flooding and damage to Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic
Atlantic
Beach
Beach
and Neptune Beach, the first such damage in the area since 2004.[46] In September 2017, Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma
caused record breaking floods in Jacksonville not seen since 1846.[47] [48] Geography[edit] Cityscape[edit]

Topography[edit] According to the United States
United States
Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 874.3 square miles (2,264 km2), making Jacksonville the largest city in land area in the contiguous United States; of this, 86.66% (757.7 sq mi or 1,962 km2) is land and 13.34% (116.7 sq mi or 302 km2) is water. Jacksonville surrounds the town of Baldwin. Nassau County lies to the north, Baker County lies to the west, and Clay and St. Johns County lie to the south; the Atlantic
Atlantic
Ocean lies to the east, along with the Jacksonville Beaches. The St. Johns River
St. Johns River
divides the city. The Trout River, a major tributary of the St. Johns River, is located entirely within Jacksonville. The state of Florida, including Jacksonville, is a huge flat plateau with a high water table, and surface lakes are very shallow.[49] The United States
United States
Geological Survey states that the highest point in Jacksonville is only 40 feet (12.2 meters) above sea level, making the area susceptible to flooding and storm surge.[50] Soil composition is primarily sand and clay rather than limestone, so very few sinkholes develop; however deep, large diameter sinkholes do occur.[51] Architecture[edit] See also: Architecture of Jacksonville
Architecture of Jacksonville
and List of tallest buildings in Jacksonville The architecture of Jacksonville varies in style. Few structures in the city center predate the Great Fire of 1901.[52] The city is home to one of the largest collections of Prairie School
Prairie School
style buildings outside the Midwest.[53] following the Great Fire of 1901, Henry John Klutho would come to influence generations of local designers with his works by both the Chicago School, championed by Louis Sullivan, and the Prairie School
Prairie School
of architecture, popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright. Jacksonville is also home to a notable collection of Mid-Century modern architecture.[54] Local architects Robert C. Broward, Taylor Hardwick, and William Morgan adapted a range design principles, including International style, Brutalism, Futurism and Organicism, all applied with an American interpretation generally referred to today as Mid-century modern design.[54] The architecture firms of Reynolds, Smith & Hills (RS&H)[55] and Kemp, Bunch & Jackson (KBJ) have also contributed a number of important works to the city's modern architectural movement. Jacksonville's early predominant position as a regional center of business left an indelible mark on the city's skyline. Many of the earliest skyscrapers in the state were constructed in Jacksonville, dating to 1902.[56] The city last held the state height record from 1974 to 1981.[57] The tallest building in Downtown Jacksonville's skyline is the Bank of America
Bank of America
Tower, constructed in 1990 as the Barnett Center. It has a height of 617 ft (188 m) and includes 42 floors.[58][59] Other notable structures include the 37-story Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
Center (with its distinctive flared base making it the defining building in the Jacksonville skyline),[60][61] originally built in 1972-74 by the Independent Life and Accident Insurance
Insurance
Company, and the 28-floor Riverplace Tower
Riverplace Tower
. When completed in 1967, it was the tallest precast, post-tensioned concrete structure in the world.[62][63]

Laura Street Trio
Laura Street Trio
(1902-1912)

The Carling
The Carling
(1925)

11 East Forsyth
11 East Forsyth
(1926)

Eight Forty One
Eight Forty One
(1955)

Riverplace Tower
Riverplace Tower
(1967)

Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
Center (1974)

EverBank Center
EverBank Center
(1983)

Bank of America
Bank of America
Tower (1990)

Neighborhoods[edit] Main article: Neighborhoods of Jacksonville, Florida There are more than 500 neighborhoods within Jacksonville's vast area.[64] These include Downtown Jacksonville
Downtown Jacksonville
and its surrounding neighborhoods, including LaVilla, Brooklyn, Riverside and Avondale, Springfield, Eastside, and San Marco.[65] Additionally, greater Jacksonville is traditionally divided into several amorphous areas, comprising large parts of Duval County. These are Northside, Westside, Southside, and Arlington, as well as the Jacksonville Beaches.[66] There are four municipalities that have retained their own governments since consolidation; these are Baldwin and the three Jacksonville Beaches towns of Atlantic
Atlantic
Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach.[67] Four of Jacksonville's neighborhoods, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, and Riverside, have been identified as U.S. historic districts and are in the National Register of Historic Places.[68]

LaVilla

Brooklyn

Northbank

Southbank

Springfield

San Marco

Southside

Ortega

Riverside and Avondale

Climate[edit]

Jacksonville

Climate chart (explanation)

J F M A M J J A S O N D

    3.3     65 41

    3.2     68 45

    4     74 50

    2.6     79 55

    2.5     86 63

    6.5     90 70

    6.6     92 73

    6.8     91 73

    8.2     87 70

    3.9     80 61

    2.1     74 51

    2.8     67 44

Average max. and min. temperatures in °F

Precipitation
Precipitation
totals in inches

Metric conversion

J F M A M J J A S O N D

    84     18 5

    81     20 7

    100     23 10

    67     26 13

    63     30 17

    164     32 21

    166     33 23

    172     33 23

    208     31 21

    100     27 16

    54     23 11

    71     19 7

Average max. and min. temperatures in °C

Precipitation
Precipitation
totals in mm

Like much of the south Atlantic
Atlantic
region of the United States, Jacksonville has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with mild weather during winters and hot and humid weather during summers. Seasonal rainfall is concentrated in the warmest months from May through September, while the driest months are from November through April. Rainfall averages around 52 inches (1,300 mm) a year.[69] Due to Jacksonville's low latitude and coastal location, the city has infrequent cold weather, and winters are typically mild and sunny. Summer thunderstorms with torrential but brief downpours are common. Mean monthly temperatures range from around 53 °F (12 °C) in January to 82 °F (28 °C) in July. High temperatures average 64 to 92 °F (18 to 33 °C) throughout the year.[70] High heat indices are common for the summer months in the area, with indices above 110 °F (43.3 °C) possible. The highest temperature recorded was 104 °F (40 °C) on July 11, 1879 and July 28, 1872.[71] It is common for thunderstorms to erupt during a typical summer afternoon. These are caused by the rapid heating of the land relative to the water, combined with extremely high humidity. During winter, there can be hard freezes during the night. Such cold weather is usually short lived, as the city averages only 10 to 15 nights at or below freezing and around 5 days where the high does not rise above 50 °F (10 °C).[72] The coldest temperature recorded at Jacksonville International Airport
Jacksonville International Airport
was 7 °F (−14 °C) on January 21, 1985. Jacksonville has recorded three days with measurable snow since 1911, most recently a one-inch (2.5 cm) snowfall in December 1989[73] and flurries in December 2010.[74] Jacksonville has suffered less damage from hurricanes than most other east coast cities, although the threat does exist for a direct hit by a major hurricane. The city has only received one direct hit from a hurricane since 1871; however, Jacksonville has experienced hurricane or near-hurricane conditions more than a dozen times due to storms crossing the state from the Gulf of Mexico
Mexico
to the Atlantic
Atlantic
Ocean, or passing to the north or south in the Atlantic
Atlantic
and brushing past the area.[75] The strongest effect on Jacksonville was from Hurricane Dora in 1964, the only recorded storm to hit the First Coast
First Coast
with sustained hurricane-force winds. The eye crossed St. Augustine with winds that had just barely diminished to 110 mph (180 km/h), making it a strong Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Jacksonville also suffered damage from 2008's Tropical Storm Fay which crisscrossed the state, bringing parts of Jacksonville under darkness for four days. Similarly, four years prior to this, Jacksonville was inundated by Hurricane Frances
Hurricane Frances
and Hurricane Jeanne, which made landfall south of the area. These tropical cyclones were the costliest indirect hits to Jacksonville. Hurricane Floyd
Hurricane Floyd
in 1999 caused damage mainly to Jacksonville Beach. During Floyd, the Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville Beach
pier was severely damaged, and later demolished. The rebuilt pier was later damaged by Fay, but not destroyed. Tropical Storm Bonnie would cause minor damage in 2004, spawning a minor tornado in the process.[76] On May 28, 2012, Jacksonville was hit by Tropical Storm Beryl, packing winds up to 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) which made landfall near Jacksonville Beach.

Climate data for Jacksonville, Florida
Florida
(Jacksonville Int'l), 1981−2010 normals,[a] extremes 1871−present[b]

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 85 (29) 88 (31) 91 (33) 95 (35) 100 (38) 103 (39) 104 (40) 102 (39) 99 (37) 95 (35) 89 (32) 84 (29) 104 (40)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 79.7 (26.5) 82.2 (27.9) 85.6 (29.8) 89.7 (32.1) 93.8 (34.3) 97.0 (36.1) 97.9 (36.6) 96.4 (35.8) 93.5 (34.2) 89.3 (31.8) 84.1 (28.9) 80.9 (27.2) 98.8 (37.1)

Average high °F (°C) 64.8 (18.2) 68.2 (20.1) 73.7 (23.2) 79.2 (26.2) 85.5 (29.7) 89.9 (32.2) 92.0 (33.3) 90.9 (32.7) 86.9 (30.5) 80.4 (26.9) 73.5 (23.1) 66.6 (19.2) 79.3 (26.3)

Average low °F (°C) 41.4 (5.2) 44.7 (7.1) 49.7 (9.8) 54.7 (12.6) 62.7 (17.1) 70.0 (21.1) 72.6 (22.6) 72.7 (22.6) 69.5 (20.8) 60.5 (15.8) 50.9 (10.5) 43.9 (6.6) 57.8 (14.3)

Mean minimum °F (°C) 23.7 (−4.6) 27.5 (−2.5) 32.3 (0.2) 39.4 (4.1) 50.3 (10.2) 61.5 (16.4) 67.4 (19.7) 67.6 (19.8) 59.4 (15.2) 43.8 (6.6) 33.5 (0.8) 26.9 (−2.8) 21.6 (−5.8)

Record low °F (°C) 7 (−14) 10 (−12) 23 (−5) 31 (−1) 45 (7) 47 (8) 61 (16) 63 (17) 48 (9) 33 (1) 21 (−6) 11 (−12) 7 (−14)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.30 (83.8) 3.19 (81) 3.95 (100.3) 2.64 (67.1) 2.48 (63) 6.45 (163.8) 6.55 (166.4) 6.80 (172.7) 8.19 (208) 3.93 (99.8) 2.11 (53.6) 2.80 (71.1) 52.39 (1,330.7)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 8.3 7.6 8.2 5.7 6.4 13.9 13.8 15.0 12.2 8.2 6.8 7.4 113.5

Average relative humidity (%) 74.9 72.2 71.2 69.5 72.7 76.8 77.7 80.3 80.8 78.6 77.7 76.7 75.8

Mean monthly sunshine hours 189.4 193.8 257.9 286.4 303.9 283.6 282.0 262.4 228.2 214.6 193.9 183.6 2,879.7

Percent possible sunshine 59 62 69 74 72 67 65 64 62 61 61 58 65

Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961−1990)[71][77][78][79]

Parks[edit] The City
City
of Jacksonville has a unique park system, with various lands operated by the National Park Service, Florida
Florida
State Parks and the City
City
of Jacksonville Department of Parks and Recreation. Jacksonville operates the largest urban park system in the United States, providing facilities and services at more than 337 locations on more than 80,000 acres (320 km2) located throughout the city.[80] Jacksonville enjoys natural beauty from the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
and Atlantic
Atlantic
Ocean. Many parks provide access for people to boat, swim, fish, sail, jetski, surf and waterski. Several parks around the city have received international recognition. National parks[edit] Main article: National Park Service

Kingsley Plantation, located within the Timucuan Preserve

The Timucuan Preserve
Timucuan Preserve
is a U.S. National Preserve comprising over 46,000 acres (19,000 ha) of wetlands and waterways. It includes natural and historic areas such as the Fort Caroline
Fort Caroline
National Memorial and the Kingsley Plantation, the oldest standing plantation in the state. State parks[edit] Main article: Florida
Florida
State Parks There are several state parks within the city limits of Jacksonville, these include Amelia Island State Park, Big Talbot Island State Park, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, George Crady Bridge
Bridge
Fishing Pier State Park, Little Talbot Island State Park, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park and Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park. City
City
parks[edit] See also: List of parks in Jacksonville

Confederate Park is a public park on the southern bounds of the historic neighborhood of Springfield, and is part of a network of parks that parallel Hogans Creek. The park opened in 1907 as Dignan Park, named for a former chairman of the city's Board of Public Works. In 1914, the park hosted the annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans, a gathering of former Confederate soldiers. Five months after the reunion the city renamed the park "Confederate Park." A Confederate monument
Confederate monument
was erected in 1915 honoring the Women of the Southland.[81]

View of downtown, as seen from Confederate Park

Friendship Fountain
Friendship Fountain
is a large fountain in St. Johns River
St. Johns River
Park at the west end of Downtown Jacksonville's Southbank Riverwalk. It opened in 1965 as the world's largest and tallest fountain, and has been one of Jacksonville's most recognizable and popular attractions. The fountain's three pumps could push 17,000 US gallons (64,000 L) of water per minute up to 100 feet (30 m) in height. Designed by Jacksonville architect Taylor Hardwick
Taylor Hardwick
in 1963 and, in 2011 the city completed a $3.2 million renovation to the fountain and the surrounding park. It features a light show and music each evening.[82] Hanna Park
Hanna Park
is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) public beach and city park near Mayport in the Jacksonville Beaches
Jacksonville Beaches
area. It consists of 447 acres (1.81 km2) of mature coastal hammock, and was known as Manhattan Beach, Florida's first beach community for African Americans during the period of segregation in the United States.[83]

Hanna Park

Hemming Park
Hemming Park
is a 1.54-acre (6,200 m2) public park in the heart of the government center in downtown. Originally a village green, it was the first and is the oldest park in the city. The area was established as a public square in 1857 by Isaiah Hart, founder of Jacksonville. The first Wednesday of every month, Hemming Park
Hemming Park
is converted into the centerpiece of Jacksonville's Downtown Art Walk. The third Thursday of every month Hemming Park
Hemming Park
hosts a night market called Jaxsons Night Market.[84] Klutho Park is an 18.34-acre (74,200 m2) public park, between downtownand the historic neighborhood of Springfield. It is part of a network of parks that parallel Hogans Creek, Klutho Park being the largest. Created between 1899 and 1901 on land donated by the Springfield Company. The park also housed the City’s first zoo, opening at the park in 1914. The Hogans Creek Improvement Project of 1929–30, designed by architect Henry J. Klutho, turned much of the park grounds into a Venetian-style promenade.[85] Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail
Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail
is a 14.5-mile (23.3 km) Rail Trail that extends northwest to Baldwin, Florida. It includes three separate paths; a multi-use asphalt trail for hiking, jogging, in-line skating or cycling; an off-road bike trail; and a horseback riding trail.[86] Jessie Ball DuPont Park
Jessie Ball DuPont Park
is a 7-acre (2.8 ha) park, home to Treaty Oak, a massive 250-year-old tree in the Southbank.[87] Metropolitan Park
Metropolitan Park
is a 32-acre (130,000 m2) waterfront park on the St. Johns River, in the Sports Complex area of downtown. The multi-purpose facility contains an exhibition area, picnic and playground area, and a performance pavilion which has a capacity of 10,000 persons.[88]

Jacksonville Landing

Memorial Park is a 5.85-acre (23,700 m2) public park, on the St. Johns River in the historic neighborhoods Riverside. Completed in 1924, it is the third oldest park in the city. Built to honor of the 1,200 Floridians who died serving during World War I, the notable Olmsted Brothers
Olmsted Brothers
were commissioned to design the park, along with local architect Roy A. Benjamin. Charles Adrian Pillars
Charles Adrian Pillars
designed the bronze sculpture, 'Life', prominently showcased in the park.[89] Riverside Park is an 11.4-acre (46,000 m2) public park, in the historic neighborhood of Riverside. It is the second oldest park in the city.[90] Riverwalk 2.0 miles (3.2 km) along the St. Johns from Berkman Plaza to I-95 at the Fuller Warren Bridge
Bridge
while the Southbank Riverwalk stretches 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the Radisson Hotel to Museum Circle. The Jacksonville Landing
Jacksonville Landing
is a popular riverfront dining and shopping venue, accessible by River Taxi from the Southbank Riverwalk. Adjacent to Museum Circle is St. Johns River
St. Johns River
Park, also known as Friendship Park. It is the location of Friendship Fountain, one of the most recognizable and popular attractions in Jacksonville. This landmark was built in 1965 and promoted as the "World's Tallest and Largest" fountain at the time.[91] Veterans Memorial Wall
Veterans Memorial Wall
is a tribute to local servicemen and women killed while serving in US armed forces. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day recognizing any service woman or man from Jacksonville who died in the previous year.[92]

Other[edit]

Evergreen Cemetery is a large historic cemetery added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 8, 2011.[93][94][95][96] Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens broke ground on a new center in April 2007 and held their grand opening on November 15, 2008. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Jacksonville National Cemetery Old City
City
Cemetery Tree Hill Nature Center
Tree Hill Nature Center
is a nature preserve and environmental education center located five minutes from Downtown Jacksonville.

Demographics[edit]

City
City
compared to State & U.S. 

Jacksonville Demographics

2010 Census Jacksonville Duval County Florida

Total population 821,784 864,263 18,801,310

Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +11.7% +11.0% +17.6%

Population density 1,100.1/sq mi 1,133.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi

White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 59.4% 60.9% 75.0%

(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 55.1% 56.6% 57.9%

Black or African-American 30.7% 29.5% 16.0%

Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 7.7% 7.6% 22.5%

Asian 4.3% 4.2% 2.4%

Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%

Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%

Two or more races (multiracial) 2.9% 2.9% 2.5%

Some other race 5.2% 3.9% 3.6%

Demographic profile 2010[37] 2000[97] 1990[38] 1970[38]

White 59.4% 64.5% 71.9% 77.1%

 —Non-Hispanic 55.1% 62.2% 70.3% 75.8%[98]

Black or African American 30.7% 29.0% 25.2% 22.3%

Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 7.7% 4.2% 2.6% 1.3%[98]

Asian 4.3% 2.8% 1.9% 0.4%

Historical population

Census Pop.

1850 1,045

1860 2,118

102.7%

1870 6,912

226.3%

1880 7,650

10.7%

1890 17,201

124.8%

1900 28,429

65.3%

1910 57,699

103.0%

1920 91,558

58.7%

1930 129,549

41.5%

1940 173,065

33.6%

1950 204,275

18.0%

1960 201,030

−1.6%

1970 528,865

163.1%

1980 540,920

2.3%

1990 635,230

17.4%

2000 735,503

15.8%

2010 821,784

11.7%

Est. 2016 880,619 [5] 7.2%

U.S. Decennial Census[99] 2014 Estimate[100]

Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, and the twelfth most populous city in the United States. As of 2010[update], there were 821,784 people and 366,273 households in the city. Jacksonville has the country's tenth-largest Arab
Arab
population, with a total population of 5,751 according to the 2000 United States Census.[101][102] Jacksonville has Florida's largest Filipino American community, with 25,033 in the metropolitan area as of the 2010 Census. Much of Jacksonville's Filipino community served in or has ties to the United States
United States
Navy.[103]

Map of racial distribution in Jacksonville, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people: White, Black, Asian Hispanic, or Other (yellow)

As of 2010[update], those of Hispanic or Latino ancestry accounted for 7.7% of Jacksonville's population. Out of the 7.7%, 2.6% Puerto Rican, 1.7% Mexican, and 0.9% were Cuban.[104] As of 2010[update], those of African ancestry accounted for 30.7% of Jacksonville's population, which includes African Americans. Out of the 30.7%, 1.8% were Sub-Saharan Africa, 1.4% were West Indian or Afro-Caribbean American
Afro-Caribbean American
(0.5% Haitian, 0.4% Jamaican, 0.1% Other or Unspecified West Indian, 0.1% Bahamian, 0.1% Barbadian), and 0.6% were Black Hispanics.[104][105][106] As of 2010[update], those of (non-Hispanic white) European ancestry accounted for 55.1% of Jacksonville's population. Out of the 55.1%, 10.4% were German, 10.2% Irish, 8.8% English, 3.9% Italian, 2.2% French, 2.0% Scottish, 2.0% Scotch-Irish, 1.7% Polish, 1.1% Dutch, 0.6% Russian, 0.5% Norwegian, 0.5% Swedish, 0.5% Welsh, and 0.5% were French Canadian.[106] As of 2010[update], those of Asian ancestry accounted for 4.3% of Jacksonville's population. Out of the 4.3%, 1.8% Filipino, 0.9% were Indian, 0.6% Other Asian, 0.5% Vietnamese, 0.3% Chinese, 0.2% Korean, and 0.1% were Japanese.[106] In 2010, 6.7% of the population considered themselves to be of only American ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity.)[105][106] And 0.9% were of Arab
Arab
ancestry, as of 2010[update].[106] As of 2010[update], there were 366,273 households out of which 11.8% were vacant. 23.9% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.21. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.5 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.[106][107] In 2010, the median income for a household in the county was $48,829, and the median income for a family was $59,272. Males had a median income of $42,485 versus $34,209 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,227. About 10.5% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those aged 65 or over.[108] In 2010, 9.2% of the county's population was foreign born, with 49.6% being naturalized American citizens. Of foreign born residents, 38.0% were born in Latin America, 35.7% born in Asia, 17.9% were born in Europe, 5.9% born in Africa, 1.9% in North America, and 0.5% were born in Oceania.[106] As of 2010[update], 87.1% of Jacksonville's population age five and over spoke only English at home while 5.8% of the population spoke Spanish at home. About 3.3% spoke other Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
at home. About 2.9% spoke Asian languages or Pacific Islander languages/ Oceanic languages
Oceanic languages
at home. The remaining 0.9% of the population spoke other languages at home. In total, 12.9% spoke another language other than English.[106] As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 90.60% of all residents, while those who spoke Spanish made up 4.13%, Tagalog 1.00%, French 0.47%, Arabic 0.44%, German 0.43%, Vietnamese at 0.31%, Russian was 0.21% and Italian made up 0.17% of the population.[109] Religion[edit] Jacksonville has a diverse religious population. The largest religious group is Protestant. According to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), in 2010 the Jacksonville metropolitan area
Jacksonville metropolitan area
had an estimated 365,267 Evangelical Protestants, 76,100 Mainline Protestants, and 56,769 Black Protestants, though figures for the latter were incomplete. There were around 1200 Protestant congregations in various denominations.[110] Notable Protestant churches include Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
and First Baptist Church, the city's oldest Baptist churches. The Episcopal Diocese of Florida
Florida
has its see at St. John's Cathedral, the current building dating to 1906. Jacksonville is part of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine, which covers seventeen counties in North Florida.[111] ARDA estimated 133,155 Catholics attending 25 parishes in the Jacksonville metropolitan area in 2010.[110] One notable Catholic church in Jacksonville is the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, a minor basilica added to the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
in 1992.[112][113] There are also two Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
parishes, one of the Syriac Catholic Church
Catholic Church
and one of the Maronite Church.[114] According to ARDA, in 2010 there were 2520 Eastern Orthodox
Eastern Orthodox
Christians representing four churches in the Eastern Orthodox
Eastern Orthodox
communion, as well as congregations of Syriac Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Ethiopian Orthodox, and Coptic Orthodox
Coptic Orthodox
Christians.[110] ARDA also estimated 14,886 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and 511 Unitarian Universalists in 2010.[110] There were an estimated 8,581 Muslims attending seven mosques, the largest being the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida.[110][115] The Jewish community, which numbered 6,028 in 2010,[110] is largely centered in the neighborhood of Mandarin.[116] There are five Orthodox, two Reform, two Conservative, and one Reconstructionist synagogues. The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute teaches courses for the community.[110][117] ARDA also estimated 4,595 Hindus, 3,530 Buddhists and 650 Bahá'ís in the Jacksonville area in 2010.[110]

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Mount Zion AME Church

Riverside Baptist Church

Snyder Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church

First Presbyterian Church

Economy[edit] Further information: List of companies based in the Jacksonville area

CSX Transportation Building
CSX Transportation Building
serves as headquarters for CSX Corporation

Jacksonville's location on the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
and the Atlantic
Atlantic
Ocean proved providential in the growth of the city and its industry. Jacksonville has a sizable deepwater port, which helps make it a leading port in the U.S. for automobile imports, as well as the leading transportation and distribution hub in the state. However, the strength of the city's economy lies in its broad diversification. While the area once had many thriving dairies such as Gustafson's Farm and Skinner Dairy, this aspect of the economy has declined over time. The area's economy is balanced among distribution, financial services, biomedical technology, consumer goods, information services, manufacturing, insurance and other industries. Jacksonville is home to many prominent corporations and organizations, including the headquarters of four Fortune 500
Fortune 500
companies: CSX Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, Fidelity National Information
Information
Services and Southeastern Grocers.[118] Interline Brands is based in Jacksonville and is currently owned by The Home Depot.[119] The Florida
Florida
East Coast
Coast
Railway, Swisher International, Inc., and the large short line railroad holding company RailAmerica are also based in Jacksonville. In 2008, Jacksonville had approximately 2.8 million visitors who stayed overnight, spending nearly $1 billion. Research Data Services of Tampa
Tampa
was commissioned to undertake the study, which quantified the importance of tourism. The total economic impact was $1.6 billion and supported nearly 43,000 jobs, 10% of the local workforce.[120] Banking
Banking
and financial services[edit]

Bank of America
Bank of America
Tower located on Laura Street

Jacksonville has long had a regional legacy in banking and finance. Locally headquartered Atlantic
Atlantic
National Bank, Florida
Florida
National Bank and Barnett Bank
Barnett Bank
dominated the industry in Florida
Florida
from the turn of the 20th century through the 1980s, before all being acquired in a national wave of mergers and acquisitions throughout the entire financial sector. Acquired by NationsBank
NationsBank
in 1997, Barnett Bank
Barnett Bank
was the last of these banks to succumb to acquisition, and at the time was the largest banking merger in U.S. history.[121] The city still holds distinction nationally and internationally, boosting two Fortune 500 financial services companies, Fidelity National Financial
Fidelity National Financial
and FIS, FIS being well recognized as a global leader in financial technology.[122] Headquartered on the banks of the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
in Downtown Jacksonville, EverBank
EverBank
holds the title of largest bank in the state by deposits.[123] The city is home to other notable financial services institutions including Ameris Bancorp, Atlantic
Atlantic
Coast
Coast
Financial, Black Knight Financial Services, MedMal Direct Insurance
Insurance
Company, US Assure, and VyStar Credit Union. The city is also home to the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.[124] Jacksonville's financial sector has benefited from a rapidly changing business culture, as have other Sunbelt
Sunbelt
cities like Atlanta, Tampa, and Charlotte. In a concept known as nearshoring, financial intuitions are shifting operations away from high-cost addresses like Wall Street, and have even shifted trading functions to Jacksonville.[125] With relatively low-cost real estate, easy access to New York City, high-quality of life and 19,000 financial sector employees, Jacksonville has become an appealing option for relocating staff.[126] Perhaps the best example of this is the growth of Deutsche Bank's presence in the city. Jacksonville is home to Deutsche Bank's second largest US operation, only New York is larger.[127] Other institutions with a notable presence in Jacksonville include Macquarie Group, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Citizens Property Insurance, Fidelity Investments, Ally Financial
Ally Financial
and Aetna.[128] Logistics[edit]

Container ship
Container ship
at Port of Jacksonville

Jacksonville is a rail, air, and highway focal point and a busy port of entry, with Jacksonville International Airport, ship repair yards and extensive freight-handling facilities. Lumber, phosphate, paper, cigars and wood pulp are the principal exports; automobiles and coffee are among imports. The city's manufacturing base provides just 4.5% of local jobs, versus 8.5% nationally.[129] According to Forbes in 2007, Jacksonville, Florida
Florida
ranked 3rd in the top ten U.S. cities to relocate to find a job.[130] Jacksonville was also the 10th fastest growing city in the U.S.[131] To emphasize the city's transportation business and capabilities, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce filed Jacksonville America's Logistics
Logistics
Center as a trademark on November 9, 2007. It was formally registered on August 4, 2009.[132] Cornerstone began promoting the city as "Jacksonville: America's Logistics
Logistics
Center" in 2009. Signs were added to the existing city limit markers on Interstate 95.[133] The Port of Jacksonville, a seaport on the St. Johns River, is a large component of the local economy. Approximately 50,000 jobs in Northeast Florida
Florida
are related to port activity and the port has an economic impact of $2.7 billion in Northeast Florida:[134] Cecil Commerce Center
Cecil Commerce Center
is located on the site of the former Naval Air Station Cecil Field which closed in 1999 following the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision. Covering a total area of 22,939 acres (92.83 km2), it was the largest military base in the Jacksonville area. The parcel contains more than 3% of the total land area in Duval County (17,000 acres (69 km2)). The industrial and commercial-zoned center offers mid to large-size parcels for development and boasts excellent transportation and utility infrastructure as well as the third-longest runway in Florida. Media and technology[edit] Main article: Media in Jacksonville, Florida

The Florida
Florida
Times-Union Building

The Florida
Florida
Times-Union is the major daily newspaper in Jacksonville and the First Coast. Jacksonville.com is its official website. The Financial News & Daily Record is a daily paper focused on the business and legal communities. Weekly papers include the Jacksonville Business Journal, an American City Business Journals
American City Business Journals
publication focused on business news, Folio Weekly, the city's chief alternative weekly, and The Florida
Florida
Star and the Jacksonville Free Press, two weeklies catering to African Americans. Jax4Kids, a monthly newspaper, caters to parents.[135] EU Jacksonville is a monthly entertainment magazine. Metro Jacksonville
Metro Jacksonville
is an online-only publication. Jacksonville is the 47th largest local television market in the United States,.[136] Despite its large population, Jacksonville has always been a medium-sized market because the surrounding suburbs and rural areas are not much larger than the city itself. It is served by television stations affiliated with major American networks including WTLV
WTLV
12 (NBC) and its sister station WJXX
WJXX
25 (ABC), WJAX-TV
WJAX-TV
47 (CBS) and WFOX-TV
WFOX-TV
30 (Fox; with MyNetworkTV/ MeTV
MeTV
on DT2), which operates WJAX-TV
WJAX-TV
under a joint sales and shared services agreement, WJCT
WJCT
7 (PBS), and WCWJ
WCWJ
17 (CW). WJXT
WJXT
4, WCWJ's sister station, is a former longtime CBS
CBS
affiliate that turned independent in 2002. Jacksonville is the 49th largest local radio market in the United States,[137] and is dominated by the same two large ownership groups that dominate the radio industry across the United States: Cox Radio[138] and iHeartMedia.[139] The dominant AM radio station in terms of ratings is WOKV 690AM, which is also the flagship station for the Jacksonville Jaguars.[140] In May 2013, WOKV began simulcasting on 104.5 FM as WOKV FM. There are two radio stations broadcasting a primarily contemporary hits format; WAPE 95.1 has dominated this niche for over twenty years, and more recently has been challenged by WKSL 97.9 FM (KISS FM). WJBT 93.3 (The Beat) is a hip-hop/R&B station, 96.9 The Eagle WJGL operates a Classic Hits format while its HD subchannel WJGL-HD2 operates an Urban CHR format under the moniker Power 106.1, WWJK 107.3 is an Adult Variety station. WEZI 102.9 is a soft adult contemporary station, WXXJ X106.5 is an alternative station, WQIK 99.1 is a country station as well as WGNE-FM 99.9, WCRJ FM 88.1/ WSOS-FM
WSOS-FM
94.1 (The Promise) is the main Contemporary Christian music station operating since 1984, and WJCT
WJCT
89.9 is the local National Public Radio
National Public Radio
affiliate. WJKV 90.9 FM is an Educational Media Foundation K-LOVE outlet. The NPR and PRX radio show, State of the Re:Union, hosted by performance poet and playwright, Al Letson, is headquartered and produced in Jacksonville. Military and defense[edit]

Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
at Naval Air
Air
Station Jacksonville

Jacksonville is home to three naval facilities, and with Naval Submarine
Submarine
Base Kings Bay nearby makes Jacksonville the third largest naval presence in the country.[15] Only Norfolk, Virginia and San Diego, California are bigger. The military is by far the largest employer in Jacksonville and its total economic impact is approximately $6.1 billion annually. Several veterans service organizations are also headquartered in Jacksonville including Wounded Warrior Project.[141] Naval Air Station Jacksonville
Naval Air Station Jacksonville
is a military airport located 4 miles (6 km) south of the central business district. Approximately 23,000 civilian and active-duty personnel are employed on the base. There are 35 operational units/squadrons assigned there and support facilities include an airfield for pilot training, a maintenance depot capable of virtually any task, from changing a tire to intricate micro-electronics or total engine disassembly. Also on-site is a Naval Hospital, a Fleet Industrial Supply Center, a Navy Family Service Center, and recreational facilities.[142]

USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport

Naval Station Mayport
Naval Station Mayport
is a Navy Ship Base that is the third largest fleet concentration area in the U.S. Mayport's operational composition is unique, with a busy harbor capable of accommodating 34 ships and an 8,000-foot (2,400 m) runway capable of handling any aircraft used by the Department of Defense. Until 2007, it was home to the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, which locals called "Big John". In January 2009, the Navy committed to stationing a nuclear-powered carrier at Mayport when the official Record of Decision was signed. The port will require approximately $500 million in facility enhancements to support the larger vessel, which would take several years to complete.[143] The carrier was projected to arrive in 2019, however an amphibious group was sent before the carrier.[144] Blount Island Command
Blount Island Command
is a Marine Corps Logistics
Logistics
Base whose mission is to support the Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) which provides for rapid deployment of personnel to link up with prepositioned equipment and supplies embarked aboard forward deployed Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS).[145] USS Jacksonville, a nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class submarine, is a U.S. Navy ship named for the city. The ship's nickname is The Bold One and Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
is her home port. The Florida
Florida
Air
Air
National Guard is based at Jacksonville International Airport. Coast
Coast
Guard Sector Jacksonville is located on the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
next to Naval Station Mayport. Sector Jacksonville controls operations from Kings Bay, Georgia, south to Cape Canaveral, Florida. CGC Kingfisher, CGC Maria Bray, and CGC Hammer are stationed at the Sector. Station Mayport is co-located with Sector Jacksonville and includes 25-foot (7.6 m) response boats, and 47-foot (14 m) motor lifeboats. Culture[edit] Leisure and entertainment[edit] See also: List of attractions and events in Jacksonville, Florida

Gator Bowl
Gator Bowl
Stadium, now TIAA Bank Field, where the annual Gator Bowl has taken place since 1946

Throughout the year, many annual events of various types are held in Jacksonville. In sports, the annual Gate River Run
Gate River Run
has been held annually since March 1977.[146] It has been the US National 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) road race Championship since 1994 and is the largest race of its distance in the country with over 13,000 runners, spectators, and volunteers, making it Jacksonville's largest participation sporting event.[147] In college football, the Gator Bowl is held on January 1. It has been continuously held since 1946. Also, the Florida–Georgia game
Florida–Georgia game
(also known as the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party"), the annual college football game between the rival Florida
Florida
Gators and Georgia Bulldogs has been held in Jacksonville almost yearly since 1933. For six days in July the Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament is held for fishermen of all skills. With $500,000 of prizes up for grabs, up to 1000 boats participate with almost 30,000 spectators watching. Jacksonville is also home of River City Pride which is Northeast Florida's largest Gay Pride parade. The parade and festivities usually take place over the course of the weekend usually the first or second weekend in October in Jacksonville's Riverside neighborhood. The first pride parade was held in 1978. A number of cultural events are also held in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jazz
Jazz
Festival, held downtown, is the second-largest jazz festival in the nation,[148] while Springing the Blues, one of the oldest and largest blues festivals, has been held in Jacksonville Beach
Beach
since 1990.[149] The World of Nations Celebration has been held in Metropolitan Park
Metropolitan Park
since 1993, and features a number of events, food and souvenirs from various countries.

Hemming Park
Hemming Park
plays host to a variety of cultural events throughout the year.

The Art Walk, a monthly outdoor art festival on the first Wednesday of each month, is sponsored by Downtown Vision, Inc, an organization which works to promote artistic talent and venues on the First Coast. Jacksonville is home to many breweries and a growing number of distilleries. [150]Other events include the Blessing of the Fleet
Blessing of the Fleet
held in March since 1985 and the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair in November at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds and Exposition Center featuring games, rides, food, entertainment and livestock exhibition. One Spark
One Spark
is an annual and the largest crowdfunding event held for creators to showcase their ideas for a chance to win part of $300,000 in funding. Riverside Arts Market (RAM), an outdoor arts-and-crafts market on the Riverwalk, occurs every Saturday from March to December under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. Holiday celebrations include the Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks celebration on July 4, the lighting of Jacksonville's official Christmas tree
Christmas tree
at the Jacksonville Landing
Jacksonville Landing
on the day after Thanksgiving and the Jacksonville Light Parade of boats the following day. The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, which opened in 2003, is a 16,000-seat performance venue that attracts national entertainment, sporting events and also houses the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame. It replaced the outdated Jacksonville Coliseum
Jacksonville Coliseum
that was built in 1960 and demolished on June 26, 2003. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens boasts the second largest animal collection in the state. The zoo features elephants, lions, and jaguars, with an exhibit, Range of the Jaguar, hosted by the former owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Delores and Wayne Weaver. It also has a multitude of reptile houses, free flight aviaries, and many other animals. Adventure Landing is an amusement park with locations in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach. The Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville Beach
location contains Shipwreck Island, Duval County's only waterpark. Theatre Jacksonville
Theatre Jacksonville
was organized in 1919 as the Little Theatre and is one of the oldest continually producing community theatres in the United States. The Alhambra Dinner Theatre, located on the Southside near the University of North Florida, has offered professional productions that frequently starred well-known actors since 1967. There are also a number of popular community theatres such as Players by the Sea located in Jacksonville Beach. The Murray Hill Art Center was reopened in February 2012 through a partnership of the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation (JaxParks) and the Art League of Jacksonville, a nonprofit dedicated to arts education.[151] The center is located in the historic Murray Hill area and offers community arts classes as well as shared studio space for aspiring artists. Visitors are welcomed year around for events and classes. Jacksonville has two fully enclosed shopping malls. The oldest is the Regency Square Mall, which opened in 1967 and is located on former sand dunes in the Arlington area. The other is The Avenues Mall, which opened in 1990 on the Southside, at the intersection of I-95 and US 1. The Orange Park Mall
Orange Park Mall
is another mall located just south of the city in the suburb of Orange Park, Florida, in Clay County, off of Blanding Boulevard (State Road 21). The end of the indoor shopping mall may be indicated by the opening of The St. Johns Town Center
St. Johns Town Center
in 2005 and the River City
City
Marketplace, on the Northside in 2006. Both of these are "open air" malls, with a similar mix of stores, but without being contained under a single, enclosed roof. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers
International Council of Shopping Centers
(ICSC), only one enclosed mall has been built in the United States
United States
since 2006.[152] The Avenues, Orange Park Mall, and St. Johns Town Center
St. Johns Town Center
are all owned by Simon Property Group; Regency is owned by General Growth Properties; River City
City
Marketplace is owned by Ramco-Gershenson. Literature, film and television[edit] Main article: Media in Jacksonville, Florida

Motion picture scene at Gaumont Studios, 1910

A handful of significant literary works are associated with Jacksonville and the surrounding area. Perhaps the most important of these is that of James Weldon Johnson. His first success as a writer was the poem "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" (1899), which his brother Rosamond set to music; the song became unofficially known as the "Negro National Anthem."[153] Already famous for having written Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Beecher Stowe
published Palmetto Leaves
Palmetto Leaves
in 1873. A travel guide and memoir about her winters in the town of Mandarin, Florida, it was one of the first guides written about Florida
Florida
and stimulated Florida's first boom of tourism and residential development in the 1880s. Sun-Ray Cinema, formerly the 5 Points Theatre and Riverside Theatre, opened in 1927. It was the first theater equipped to show talking pictures in Florida
Florida
and the third nationally. It is located in the Five Points section of town and was renamed the Five Points Theater in 1949.[154][155] The Florida
Florida
Theatre, opened in 1927, is located in downtown Jacksonville and is one of only four remaining high-style movie palaces built in Florida
Florida
during the Mediterranean Revival architectural boom of the 1920s. Since that time, Jacksonville has been chosen by a number of film and television studios for on-location shooting. Notable motion pictures that have been partially or completely shot in Jacksonville since the silent film era include Creature from the Black Lagoon
Creature from the Black Lagoon
(1954), The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988), Brenda Starr (1989), G.I. Jane
G.I. Jane
(1997), The Devil's Advocate (1997), Ride (1998), Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998), Forces of Nature
Forces of Nature
(1999), Tigerland
Tigerland
(2000), Sunshine State (2002), Basic (2003), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Lonely Hearts (2006), Moving McAllister
Moving McAllister
(2007), The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008), The Ramen Girl
The Ramen Girl
and Like Dandelion Dust.[156] Notable television series or made-for-television films that have been partially or completely shot in Jacksonville include Inherit the Wind (1988), Orpheus Descending
Orpheus Descending
(1990), Saved by the Light (1995), The Babysitter's Seduction (1996),[157] First Time Felon
First Time Felon
(1997), Safe Harbor (2009), Recount (2008), American Idol
American Idol
(2009), and Ash vs Evil Dead (2015). Museums and art galleries[edit]

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
is an art museum in Jacksonville's Riverside neighborhood. It was founded in 1961, following the death of Ninah Mae Holden Cummer, who willed her collection, home, and gardens to the museum. Its galleries display one of the world's three most comprehensive collections of Meissen porcelain as well as large collections of American, European, and Japanese art. The grounds also contain two acres of Italian and English gardens begun by Ninah Cummer.[158] The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
(MOCA Jacksonville) is a contemporary art museum funded and operated as a "cultural resource" of the University of North Florida. Tracing its roots back to the formation of Jacksonville's Fine Arts Society in 1924, it opened its current 60,000-square-foot (6,000 m2) facility next to the Main Library downtown in 2003. The museum features eclectic permanent and traveling exhibitions and a collection of over 700 works.[158] The Museum of Science & History (MOSH), located in downtown's Southbank Riverwalk, specializes in science and local history exhibits. It features a main exhibit that changes quarterly, plus three floors of nature exhibits, an extensive exhibit on the history of Northeast Florida, a hands-on science area and the area's only astronomy theater, the Bryan Gooding Planetarium.[158][159][160]

Museum of Science and History

Kingsley Plantation
Kingsley Plantation
is a historic plantation built in 1798. The house of Zephaniah Kingsley, barn, kitchen and slave cabins still exist today. Alexander Brest, founder of Duval Engineering and Contracting Co., was also the benefactor for the Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery
Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery
on the campus of Jacksonville University. The exhibits are a diverse collection of carved ivory, Pre-Columbian
Pre-Columbian
artifacts, Steuben glass, Chinese porcelain and Cloisonné, Tiffany glass, Boehm porcelain and rotating exhibitions containing the work of local, regional, national and international artists.[161] Three other art galleries are located at educational institutions in town. Florida
Florida
State College at Jacksonville has the Kent Gallery on their westside campus and the Wilson Center for the Arts at their main campus. The University Gallery is located on the campus of the University of North Florida.[162] The Jacksonville Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is a branch of the world's largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents. The museum in Jacksonville is in a 1921 neoclassical building on the outskirts of downtown.[163][164] In addition to document displays, there is also an antique-book library, with volumes dating from the late 19th century. The Catherine Street Fire Station
Catherine Street Fire Station
building is on the National Register of Historic Places and was relocated to Metropolitan Park
Metropolitan Park
in 1993. It houses the Jacksonville Fire Museum
Jacksonville Fire Museum
and features 500+ artifacts including an 1806 hand pumper. The LaVilla
LaVilla
Museum opened in 1999 and features a permanent display of African-American history. The art exhibits are changed periodically. There are also several historical properties and items of interest in the city, including the Klutho Building, the Old Morocco Temple Building, the Palm and Cycad Arboretum, and the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, originally built as Union Station train depot. The Jacksonville Historical Society
Jacksonville Historical Society
showcases two restoration projects: the 1887 St. Andrews Episcopal Church and the 1879 Merrill House, both located near the sports complex. Music[edit]

The XX
The XX
performing at the Florida
Florida
Theatre

The Ritz Theatre, opened in 1929, is located in the LaVilla neighborhood of the northern part of Jacksonville's downtown. The Jacksonville music scene was active in the 1930s in LaVilla, which was known as "Harlem of the South".[165] Black musicians from across the country visited Jacksonville to play standing room only performances at the Ritz Theatre and the Knights of Pythias Hall. Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
and Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
were a few of the legendary performers who appeared. After his mother died when he was 15, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
lived with friends of his mother while he played piano at the Ritz for a year, before moving on to fame and fortune. The Ritz Theatre was rebuilt and opened in October 1999. Jacksonville native Pat Boone
Pat Boone
was a popular 1950s singer and teen idol. During the 1960s, the Classics IV
Classics IV
was the most successful pop rock band from Jacksonville. Southern Rock was defined by the Allman Brothers Band, which formed in 1969 in Jacksonville. Lynyrd Skynyrd achieved near cult status and inspired Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet
Molly Hatchet
and .38 Special, all successful in the 1970s. The 1980s were a quiet decade for musical talent in Jacksonville. The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
consists of three distinct halls: the Jim & Jan Moran Theater, a venue for touring Broadway shows; the Jacoby Symphony Hall, home of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra; and the Terry Theater, intended for small shows and recitals. The building was originally erected as the Civic Auditorium in 1962 and underwent a major renovation and construction in 1996. The next local group to achieve national success was the nu metal band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994. Other popular Hip Hop
Hip Hop
acts in the 1990s included 95 South, 69 Boyz and the Quad City
City
DJ's. The bands Inspection 12, Cold and Yellowcard
Yellowcard
were also well known and had a large following. Following the millennium, Fit For Rivals, Burn Season, Evergreen Terrace, Shinedown, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Black Kids
Black Kids
became notable bands from the city. Sports[edit] Main article: Sports in Jacksonville

The Star-Spangled Banner
The Star-Spangled Banner
performed before a Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
game at EverBank
EverBank
Field

Club Sport League Venue (capacity)

Jacksonville Jaguars Football NFL TIAA Bank Field
TIAA Bank Field
(69,428)

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Baseball Southern (AA) Baseball
Baseball
Grounds of Jacksonville (11,000)

Jacksonville Giants Basketball ABA Veterans Memorial Arena
Veterans Memorial Arena
(14,100)

Jacksonville Icemen Ice hockey ECHL Veterans Memorial Arena
Veterans Memorial Arena
(13,000)

Jacksonville Sharks Indoor football NAL Veterans Memorial Arena
Veterans Memorial Arena
(13,000)

Jacksonville Axemen Rugby league USARL Hodges Stadium
Hodges Stadium
(12,000)

Jacksonville Armada FC Soccer NASL Hodges Stadium
Hodges Stadium
(12,000)

Jacksonville Cannons Ultimate AUDL George H. Hodges Field

Jacksonville is home to one major league sports team, the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League
National Football League
(NFL). The Jaguars joined the NFL
NFL
as an expansion team in the 1995 season; they play their home games at EverBank
EverBank
Field.[166] In 2005, Jacksonville hosted Super Bowl XXXIX. The PGA Tour, which organizes the main professional golf tournaments in the U.S., is headquartered in the suburb of Ponte Vedra Beach, where it holds The Players Championship
The Players Championship
every year.[167] Jacksonville is also home to several minor league-level teams. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, a class Double-A baseball team, have played in Jacksonville continuously since 1970, longer than any other Double-A team has been in its city, and are the top-selling franchise in the Southern League.[168][169] The Jacksonville Sharks, who began play in 2010, were the champions of the Arena Football League's ArenaBowl XXIV
ArenaBowl XXIV
in 2011[170][171] and now play in the National Arena League. The Jacksonville Axemen
Jacksonville Axemen
are a semi-professional rugby league team founded in 2006, and now play in the USA Rugby League.[172] The Jacksonville Giants
Jacksonville Giants
basketball team started play in the new American Basketball
Basketball
Association in December 2010. The Giants won the 2012 ABA Championship in March 2012 in Tampa, Florida.[173][174][175] The Jacksonville Armada FC
Jacksonville Armada FC
is a soccer team that began play in the North American Soccer
Soccer
League (NASL) in 2015.[176] College sports, especially college football, are popular in Jacksonville. The city hosts the Florida–Georgia game, an annual college football game between the University of Florida
Florida
and the University of Georgia
University of Georgia
and the TaxSlayer Bowl, a post-season college football bowl game. Jacksonville's two universities compete in NCAA Division I: the University of North Florida
Florida
Ospreys and the Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University
Dolphins, both in the Atlantic
Atlantic
Sun Conference.[177][178] Government and politics[edit] Government[edit] Main article: Government of Jacksonville

St. James Building, currently housing Jacksonville City
City
Hall

The most noteworthy feature of Jacksonville government is its consolidated nature, an arrangement brought about in the 1968 Jacksonville Consolidation. The Duval County-Jacksonville consolidation eliminated any type of separate county executive or legislature, and supplanted these positions with the Mayor of Jacksonville and the City
City
Council of the City
City
of Jacksonville, respectively. Because of this, voters who live outside of the city limits of Jacksonville but inside Duval County are allowed to vote in elections for these positions and to run for them. In fact, in 1995, John Delaney, a resident of Neptune Beach, was elected mayor of the city of Jacksonville. Jacksonville is organized under the city charter and provides for a "strong" mayor–council form of city government. The Mayor of Jacksonville is elected to four-year terms and serves as the head of the government's executive branch. The Jacksonville City
City
Council comprises nineteen members, fourteen representing electoral districts and five more in at-large seats. The mayor oversees most city departments, though some are independent or quasi-independent. Law enforcement is provided by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, headed by an elected sheriff, public schools are overseen by Duval County Public Schools, and several services are provided by largely independent authorities. The mayor holds veto power over all resolutions and ordinances made by the city council and also has the power to hire and fire the head of various city departments. Some government services remained—as they had been before consolidation—independent of both city and county authority. In accordance with Florida
Florida
law, the school board continues to exist with nearly complete autonomy. Jacksonville also has several quasi-independent government agencies which only nominally answer to the consolidated authority, including electric authority, port authority, transportation authority, housing authority and airport authority. The main environmental and agricultural body is the Duval County Soil and Water Conservation District, which works closely with other area and state agencies. The Jacksonville Housing Authority
Jacksonville Housing Authority
(JHA) is the quasi-independent agency responsible for public housing and subsidized housing in Jacksonville. The Mayor and City
City
Council of Jacksonville established the JHA in 1994 to create an effective, community service oriented, public housing agency with innovative ideas and a different attitude. The primary goal was to provide safe, clean, affordable housing for eligible low and moderate income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The secondary goal was to provide effective social services, work with residents to improve their quality of life, encourage employment and self-sufficiency, and help residents move out of assisted housing. To that end, JHA works with HabiJax
HabiJax
to help low and moderate income families to escape the public housing cycle and become successful, productive, homeowners and taxpayers. Politics[edit] Main article: Politics of Jacksonville

Lenny Curry, the current Mayor of Jacksonville

The present mayor is Lenny Curry, who assumed office on July 1, 2015.[179] The past mayor was Alvin Brown.[180] Federally, most of the city is in the 4th district, represented by Republican John Rutherford. Most of central Jacksonville is in the 5th district, represented by Democrat Al Lawson. The 4th and 5th districts are some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country.[181] In 2010, Duval County's crime rate was 5,106 per 100,000 people, according to the Florida
Florida
Department of Law Enforcement. The county's murder rate had been the highest among Florida's counties with a population of 500,000 or more for eleven years in 2009, leading to widespread discussion in the community about how to deal with the problem. In 2010 Duval County's violent crime rate decreased by 9.3% from the previous year, with total crime decreasing 7.3%, putting the murder rate behind that of Miami-Dade County.[182] Jacksonville and Duval County historically maintained separate police agencies: the Jacksonville Police Department and Duval County Sheriff's Office. As part of consolidation in 1968, the two merged, creating the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
(JSO). The JSO is headed by the elected Sheriff of Jacksonville, currently Mike Williams, and is responsible for law enforcement and corrections in the county. Education[edit] Main article: Education in Jacksonville, Florida Primary and secondary education[edit] Main article: Duval County Public Schools

Duval County Public Schools
Duval County Public Schools
headquarters

See also: List of high schools in Jacksonville Public primary and secondary schools in Jacksonville and Duval County are administered by Duval County Public Schools, which is governed by an elected, seven-member Duval County School Board. In the 2009–2010 school year the district enrolled 123,000 students. It administers 172 total schools, including 103 elementary schools, 25 middle schools, 19 high schools, 3 K–8 schools, and 1 6–12 school, as well as 13 charter schools and a juvenile justice school program.[183] Of these, 62 are designated magnet schools.[183] Three of Jacksonville's high schools, Stanton College Preparatory School, Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts and Paxon School for Advanced Studies regularly appear at the top of Newsweek magazine's annual list of the country's top public high schools, coming in respectively at #3 #7, and #8 in the 2010 edition.[184] Five other schools, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
(#33), Mandarin High School (#97), Duncan U. Fletcher High School
Duncan U. Fletcher High School
(#205) Sandalwood High School (#210), and Englewood High School (#1146) were also included in the list.[184] The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine
Diocese of St. Augustine
operates a number of Catholic schools in Jacksonville, including two high schools, Bishop Kenny High School and Bishop John J. Snyder High School.[185] Other private schools in Jacksonville include Arlington Country Day School, the Bolles School, Trinity Christian Academy, and the Episcopal School of Jacksonville.[186] Colleges and universities[edit] Further information: List of colleges and universities in metropolitan Jacksonville Jacksonville is home to a number of institutions of higher education. The University of North Florida
Florida
(UNF), opened in 1972, is a public institution and a member of the State University System of Florida. Former mayor John Delaney has been president of UNF since 2003. Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University
(JU) is a private institution founded in 1934. Edward Waters College, established in 1866, is the oldest college in Jacksonville and the state's oldest historically black college. Florida
Florida
State College at Jacksonville is a state college and a member of the Florida
Florida
College System, offering two-year associate's degrees as well as some four-year bachelor's degrees. The University of Florida
Florida
has its second campus of the J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center in Jacksonville.[187][188] Other colleges and universities in Jacksonville include Florida Coastal School of Law and Jones College.[189] Also in the area are St. Johns River State College, a state college with campuses in Clay, St. Johns, and Putnam Counties, and Flagler College
Flagler College
in St. Augustine.[190] The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
also offers educational programs from its Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
campus.[191]

University of North Florida

Jacksonville University

Florida
Florida
State College at Jacksonville

Florida
Florida
Coastal School of Law

Edward Waters College

Public libraries[edit] Main article: Jacksonville Public Library
Jacksonville Public Library
(Florida)

Jacksonville Main Library

The Jacksonville Public Library
Jacksonville Public Library
had its beginnings when May Moore and Florence Murphy started the "Jacksonville Library and Literary Association" in 1878. The Association was populated by various prominent Jacksonville residents and sought to create a free public library and reading room for the city.[192] Over the course of 127 years, the system has grown from that one room library to become one of the largest in the state. The Jacksonville library system has twenty branches, ranging in size from the 54,000 sq ft (5,000 m2) West Regional Library to smaller neighborhood libraries like Westbrook and Eastside. The Library annually receives nearly 4 million visitors and circulates over 6 million items. Nearly 500,000 library cards are held by area residents.[193] On November 12, 2005, the new 300,000 sq ft (30,000 m2) Main Library opened to the public, replacing the 40-year-old Haydon Burns Library. The largest public library in the state, the opening of the new main library marked the completion of an unprecedented period of growth for the system under the Better Jacksonville Plan.[194] The new Main Library offers specialized reading rooms, public access to hundreds of computers and public displays of art, an extensive collection of books, and special collections ranging from the African-American Collection to the recently opened Holocaust Collection.[192] Infrastructure[edit] Transportation[edit] Main article: Transportation
Transportation
in Jacksonville, Florida

The Dames Point Bridge
Dames Point Bridge
(officially the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge over the St. Johns River. Construction began in 1985 and was completed in 1989.

Roadways and bridges[edit] There are seven bridges over the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
at Jacksonville. They include (starting from furthest downstream) the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge
Bridge
(Dames Point) (which carries Interstate 295 Eastern Beltway traffic), the John E. Mathews Bridge, the Isaiah D. Hart Bridge, the John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge
Bridge
(Main Street), the St. Elmo W. Acosta Bridge, the Fuller Warren Bridge
Bridge
(which carries I-95 traffic) and the Henry Holland Buckman Bridge
Bridge
(which carries I-295 North/South traffic). Also, next to the Acosta Bridge
Bridge
is a large jackknife railroad bridge built in the 1920s by Henry flagler's FEC railroad. Beginning in 1953, tolls were charged on the Hart, Mathews, Fuller Warren and the Main Street bridges to pay for bridge construction, renovations and many other highway projects. As Jacksonville grew, toll plazas created bottlenecks and caused delays and accidents during rush hours. In 1988, Jacksonville voters chose to eliminate toll collection and replace the revenue with a ½ cent local sales tax increase. In 1989, the toll booths were removed. Interstate 10 (I-10) and I-95 intersect in Jacksonville, forming the busiest intersection in the region with 200,000 vehicles each day.[195] I-10 ends at this intersection (the other end being in Santa Monica, California). Additionally, State Road 202 (SR 202, J. Turner Butler Boulevard) connects Jacksonville to the beaches. I-95 has a bypass route, I-295, which encircles the downtown area. The major interchange at I-295 and SR 202 was finally completed on December 24, 2008. SR 9B is under construction and will connect I-295's southeast corner to the Bayard Area.[196] SR 9B will be called I-795 when it is completed. U.S. Highway 1 (US 1) and US 17 travel through the city from the south to the north, and US 23 enters the city running concurrently with US 1. In downtown, US 23 splits from US 1 and quickly runs to its southern terminus. The eastern terminus of US 90 is in nearby Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville Beach
near the Atlantic
Atlantic
Ocean. US 23's other end is in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

I-10 I-95 I-295 US 1 US 17 US 23 US 90 US 301

Several regional transportation projects have been undertaken in recent years to deal with congestion on Jacksonville freeways. A $152 million project to create a high-speed interchange at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 95 began in February 2005, after the conclusion of Super Bowl XXXIX. Construction was expected to take nearly six years with multiple lane flyovers and the requirement that the interchange remain open throughout the project. The previous configuration utilized single lane, low speed, curved ramps which created backups during rush hours and contributed to accidents.[197] Also, construction of 9B, future Interstate 795, is currently underway.

I-95 passing by downtown Jacksonville

Acosta Bridge

Mathews Bridge

Fuller Warren Bridge

Main St Bridge

Hart Bridge

Dames Point Bridge

Buckman Bridge

Transit system[edit] Main article: Jacksonville Transportation
Transportation
Authority

Jacksonville Skyway

The Jacksonville Skyway
Jacksonville Skyway
is an automated people mover connecting Florida
Florida
State College at Jacksonville downtown campus, the Northbank central business district, Convention Center, and Southbank locations. The system includes 8 stops connected by two lines. The existing train is a UMIII monorail built by Bombardier. The guideway consists of concrete beams which rest atop an unusually large support structure not used in most monorail systems. Maximum speed for the train is 48 km/h (30 mph).[198] A monorail was first proposed in the 1970s as part of a mobility plan hoping to attract interest from the Urban Mass Transit Administration's Downtown Peoplemover Program. The initial study was undertaken by the Florida
Florida
Department of Transportation
Transportation
and Jacksonville's planning department, who took the Skyway project to the Jacksonville Transportation
Transportation
Authority (JTA) in 1977. Following further development and a final 18-month feasibility study, the UMTA selected Jacksonville as one of seven cities to receive federal funding for an automated people mover. Two other related projects are Miami's Metromover and Detroit's People Mover. UMTA's approved plan called for the construction of a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) Phase I system to be built in three segments. Rail[edit] Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides daily service from the Jacksonville Amtrak
Amtrak
Station on Clifford Lane in the northwest section of the city. Two trains presently stop there, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star. Jacksonville was also served by the thrice-weekly Sunset Limited
Sunset Limited
and the daily Silver Palm. Service on the Silver Palm was cut back to Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
in 2002. The Sunset Limited route was truncated at San Antonio, Texas as a result of the track damage in the Gulf Coast
Coast
area caused by Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
on August 28, 2005. Service was restored as far east as New Orleans by late October 2005, but Amtrak
Amtrak
has opted not to fully restore service into Florida. Jacksonville is the headquarters of two significant freight railroads. CSX Transportation, owns a large building on the downtown riverbank that is a significant part of the skyline. Florida
Florida
East Coast
Coast
Railway also calls Jacksonville home. Airports[edit] Main article: Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Jacksonville International Airport

Jacksonville is served by Jacksonville International Airport
Jacksonville International Airport
(IATA: JAX, ICAO: KJAX, FAA LID: JAX), 13 miles north of downtown, with 82 departures a day to 27 nonstop destination cities. Airports in Jacksonville are managed by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
(JAA). Smaller aircraft use Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport
Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport
(IATA: CRG, ICAO: KCRG, FAA LID: CRG) in Arlington, Herlong Recreational Airport (ICAO: KHEG, FAA LID: HEG) on the Westside, and Cecil Airport (IATA: VQQ, ICAO: KVQQ, FAA LID: VQQ), at Cecil Commerce Center. The state of Florida
Florida
has designated Cecil Airport
Cecil Airport
a space port, allowing horizontal lift spacecraft to use the facility. Seaports[edit] Main article: Jacksonville Port Authority Public seaports in Jacksonville are managed by the Jacksonville Port Authority, known as JAXPORT. Four modern deepwater (40 ft) seaport facilities, including America's newest cruise port, make Jacksonville a full-service international seaport. In FY2006, JAXPORT handled 8.7 million tons of cargo, including nearly 610,000 vehicles, which ranks Jacksonville 2nd in the nation in automobile handling, behind only the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.[199] The 20 other maritime facilities not managed by the Port Authority move about 10 million tons of additional cargo in and out of the St. Johns River. In terms of total tonnage, the Port of Jacksonville
Port of Jacksonville
ranks 40th nationally; within Florida, it is 3rd behind Tampa
Tampa
and Port Everglades. In 2003, the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal opened, providing cruise service for 1,500 passengers to Key West, Florida, the Bahamas, and Mexico
Mexico
via Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines
ship, Celebration, which was retired in April 2008. For almost five months, no cruises originated from Jacksonville until September 20, 2008, when the cruise ship Fascination departed with 2,079 passengers.[200] In Fiscal year 2006, there were 78 cruise ship sailings with 128,745 passengers.[201] A JaxPort spokesperson said in 2008 that they expect 170,000 passengers to sail each year.[202] Jacksonville Fire and Rescue
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue
operates a fleet of three fireboats.[203] Its vessels are called on to fight approximately 75 fires per year.[204] The Mayport Ferry
Mayport Ferry
connects the north and south ends of State Road A1A between Mayport and Fort George Island, and is the last active ferry in Florida. The state of Florida
Florida
transferred responsibility for ferry operations to JAXPORT on October 1, 2007. Utilities[edit] Main article: Jacksonville Electric Authority

JEA
JEA
headquarters in downtown Jacksonville

Basic utilities in Jacksonville (water, sewer, electric) are provided by JEA
JEA
(formerly the Jacksonville Electric Authority). According to Article 21 of the Jacksonville City
City
Charter,

JEA
JEA
is authorized to own, manage and operate a utilities system within and outside the City
City
of Jacksonville. JEA
JEA
is created for the express purpose of acquiring, constructing, operating, financing and otherwise have plenary authority with respect to electric, water, sewer, natural gas and such other utility systems as may be under its control now or in the future.[205]

People's Gas is Jacksonville's natural gas provider. Comcast
Comcast
is Jacksonville's local cable provider. AT&T (formerly BellSouth) is Jacksonville's local phone provider, and their U-Verse
U-Verse
service offers TV, internet, and VoIP phone service to customers served by fiber-to-the-premises or fiber-to-the-node using a VRAD. The city has a successful recycling program with separate pickups for garbage, yard waste and recycling. Collection is provided by several private companies under contract to the City
City
of Jacksonville. Health[edit] Further information: List of hospitals in Florida

Landing pad at Baptist Medical Center Downtown

Major players in the Jacksonville health care industry include St. Vincent's HealthCare, Baptist Health and UF Health Jacksonville for local residents. Additionally, Nemours Children's Clinic and Mayo Clinic Jacksonville each draw patients regionally. The TaxExemptWorld.com website, which compiles Internal Revenue Service data, reported that in 2007, there are 2,910 distinct, active, tax exempt/non-profit organizations in Jacksonville which, excluding Credit Unions, had a total income of $7.08 billion and assets of $9.54 billion.[206] There are 333 charitable organizations with assets of over $1 million. The largest share of assets was tied to Medical facilities, $4.5 billion. The problems of the homeless are addressed by several non-profits, most notably the Sulzbacher Center
Sulzbacher Center
and the Clara White Mission. Notable people[edit] Main article: List of people from Jacksonville, Florida Sister cities[edit] See also: List of sister cities in Florida Jacksonville has eight sister cities.[207] They are:

- Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Argentina
(since 1967) - Murmansk, Russia
Russia
(1975) - Changwon, South Korea
South Korea
(1983) - Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
France
(1984) - Yingkou, Liaoning, China
China
(1990) - Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa
Africa
(2000) - Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Brazil
(2009) - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
(2009)

In 2000, The Sister Cities International
Sister Cities International
awarded Jacksonville the Innovation Arts & Culture Award for the city's program with Nantes.

See also[edit]

Florida
Florida
portal Jacksonville portal

Duval County, Florida Greater Jacksonville List of people from Jacksonville, Florida National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
listings in Duval County, Florida

Notes[edit]

^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the highest and lowest temperature readings during an entire month or year) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010. ^ Official records for Jacksonville were kept at downtown from September 1871 to December 1955, Imeson Field
Imeson Field
from January 1, 1956 to January 18, 1971, and at Jacksonville Int'l since January 19, 1971. For more information, see Threaded Station Extremes.

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Further reading[edit]

Bartley, Abel A., and Jon L. WakelynKeeping the Faith: Race, Politics, and Social Development in Jacksonville, Florida, 1940–1970, Greenwood Publishing, 2000. Cassanello, Robert. To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2013. Cowart, John Wilson. Crackers and Carpetbaggers: Moments in the History of Jacksonville, Florida. Cowart, John Wilson. Heroes all: a history of firefighting in Jacksonville. Crooks, James B. Jacksonville: The Consolidation Story, from Civil Rights to the Jaguars, University Press of Florida, 2004. Foley, Bill; Wood, Wayne (2001). The great fire of 1901 (1st ed.). Jacksonville, Florida: The Jacksonville Historical Society. Jackson, David H., Jr., "'Industrious, Thrifty, and Ambitious': Jacksonville's African American
African American
Businesspeople during the Jim Crow Era," Florida
Florida
Historical Quarterly, 90 (Spring 2012), 453–87. Mason, Jr., Herman. African-American Life in Jacksonville, Arcadia Publishing, 1997. Oehser, John. Jags to Riches: The Cinderella Season of the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Martins Press, 1997. Schaefer, Daniel. From scratch pads and dreams: A ten year history of the University of North Florida, University of North Florida, 1982. Wagman, Jules. Jacksonville and Florida's First Coast, Windsor Publishing, 1989. Williams, Caroyln. Historic Photos of Jacksonville, Turner Publishing Company, 2006.

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(D) (Orlando) Rick Kriseman (D) (St. Petersburg) Carlos Hernández (R) (Hialeah) Andrew Gillum (D) (Tallahassee) Jack Seiler
Jack Seiler
(D) (Fort Lauderdale) Gregory J. Oravec (D) (Port St. Lucie) Marni Sawicki (D) (Cape Coral) Frank C. Ortis (D) (Pembroke Pines) Peter Bober (D) (Hollywood) Wayne M. Messam (D) (Miramar) Lauren Poe (D) (Gainesville) Vincent Boccard (R) (Coral Springs) Oliver Gilbert III (D) ( Miami
Miami
Gardens) George Cretekos (R) (Clearwater) Guillermo "William" Capote (D) (Palm Bay) Lamar Fisher (D) (Pompano Beach) Jeri Muoio (D) (West Palm Beach) Howard Wiggs (R) (Lakeland)

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