Destination Florida

One of the Nation’s 10 Best Cities

Jacksonville, the largest city by area in the continental United States and most populous in Florida, is a rapidly growing metropolitan city in Northeast Florida and home to about 930,000 residents.

Jacksonville is located on the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for the convenient location, mild climate, reasonable cost of living and high quality of life. Recognized as “America’s Logistics Center,” Jacksonville is a leading distribution center, with a transportation network embracing port and air cargo facilities, rail and trucking routes. Millions of tons of raw materials and manufactured goods move through the city annually. Jacksonville is consistently rated one of the “Hottest Cities in America” for business expansions and relocations in an annual poll featured in Expansion Management magazine.

Among Jacksonville’s many natural assets is one of the largest urban park systems in the country. The active and passive parks and preservation lands are a key part of the city’s landscape. Swimming and surfing are popular at nearby barrier island beaches, such as Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach. Championship golf courses in the area include Ponte Vedra Beach’s TPC Sawgrass, headquarters of the PGA Tour and home to the Players Championship Tournament.

Jacksonville also offers a major symphony orchestra, a sports and entertainment complex downtown and numerous special events each year. The home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, the city welcomed its first Super Bowl in 2005.