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Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Florida
Administration
Full nameCity of Jacksonville, Florida
Settlement typeConsolidated city county
MottoWhere Florida Begins
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyDuval
Founded1791
Incorporated1832
Government
TypeStrong Mayor-Council
MayorAlvin Brown (D)
Governing bodyJacksonville City Council
Geography
Total Area885 sq mi (2292.2 km2)
Land Area767 sq mi (1986.5 km2)
Water Area116.6 sq mi (302 km2)
Elevation16 ft (4.9 m)
Demography
Total Population821,784 (11th) (2010)
Density (pop.)409.89/km2 (1061.6/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)913125
Metro (pop.)1525228
Other information
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code32099, 32201-32212, 32214-32241, 32244-32247, 32250, 32254-32260, 32266, 32267, 32277, 32290.
Area code904
FIPS code12-35000 
GNIS feature ID0295003 

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Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S. state of Florida in terms of both population and land area, and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. The consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits; with a population of 821,784, it is the most populous city proper in Florida and the eleventh most populous in the United States. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, with a population of 1,313,228.

Jacksonville is in the First Coast region of northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 mi (40.2 km) south of the Georgia border and about 340 mi (547.2 km) north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent 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 and the Cowford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States acquired the colony of Florida from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the 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 two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport. Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, and healthcare. As with much of Florida, tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf.


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