Jacksonville is the most populous city in the state of Florida and the thirteenth most populous city in the United States. Jacksonville is the second largest U.S. city in land area. Located on the northeast shores of Florida, a short drive from the Georgia border, the city is over twice as large as New York at 757 square miles. The City also provides electric service in the City of Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and the Palm Valley area of northern St. Johns County.
The city of Jacksonville, Florida has been the first home to several famous people, groups, and organizations. Jacksonville offers terrific seafood and wonderful beaches, as well as fishing, golf, and sun. Jacksonville is warm, but not too hot, during the summer months, with cool temperatures in spring and fall. It can get a bit rainy in late summer, and the winters can get a little chilly, but overall the weather is very good. It has also been consistently rated as one of the “top ten best places to live”.
The Jacksonville, Florida real estate market is booming and offers a wide range of housing options from beach front homes and condominiums. To family neighborhoods and luxury country homes that are only a short drive from downtown. Jacksonville, Florida has the lowest overall cost of living in the state. So, whether you are looking for Single Family Homes, Condos, Oceanfront, waterfront, golf, gated communities, luxury homes, second homes, vacation homes, investment property all this you can easily locate within the city.
The public school system is first rate and there are almost a dozen colleges and Universities, including Jacksonville University and Jones College. Jacksonville also has a notable magnet high school devoted to the performing and expressive arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. The Florida Times Union is the major daily newspaper in Jacksonville while another daily paper is the Daily Record. There are several museums around downtown, notably the Museum of Science & History. Jacksonville Landing has shops, restaurants and entertainment right on the water.
Jacksonville is informally divided into three major sections; Southside, which refers to everything between the St. Johns River and the Intercoastal Waterway; North side, which is generally considered to be everything north of the St. Johns and east of New Kings Road; and Westside, which consists of everything west of the St. Johns River and south of New Kings Rd.
With a full-service international seaport, popular cruise port, and traveler-friendly international airport, Jacksonville provides its residents with superior travel services. Interstate Highways 10 and 95 intersect in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Skyway monorail is also located within the city, which travels through the central business district and is fairly cheap to use. Downtown Jacksonville is the insurance and financial center of the state.
Consolidated nature is the most noteworthy feature of the Jacksonville government. Jacksonville uses the Mayor-Council form of city government in which a mayor serves as the city's Chief Executive and Administrative officer. The city council has nineteen members, fourteen of whom are elected from single-member districts, and five who are ostensibly elected at-large. The mayor holds the power to hire and fire the head of various city departments.
Jacksonville is also a home to a variety of professional sports teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. The Jacksonville area also boasts many excellent golf courses. In Ponte Vedra lies the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, one of the most famous golf courses in the world and home to the annual PGA TPC. The Jacksonville Dixie Blues is the Women's Football League team.
The city also has huge range of restaurants for its residents and vacationers. It has very expensive as well as moderately priced restaurants just to suit your pocket. Jacksonville is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercostals Waterway, which provide a bounty of seafood options at just about any restaurant. There is a good mix of fine dining and seafood shacks, depending on your tastes.