Jacksonville, the largest city in area in the continental United States, is a rapidly growing metropolitan city in Northeast Florida, with approximately 850,000 residents. Under its strong mayor form of government, residents elect a mayor and a 19-member City Council, with five at-large members and 14 members elected by district. Lenny Curry is Jacksonville's 8th mayor since the consolidation of Duval County and City of Jacksonville governments in 1968.
Due to its convenient location, mild climate, reasonable cost of living, high quality of life and a business-friendly government, Jacksonville is a popular location for corporate expansions and relocations. Its status as an intermodal transportation hub is another incentive, and the city is also 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 the economic driver for the seven-county, Northeast Florida area of approximately 1.5 million residents. This is similar to the population of Nashville, Charlotte or Memphis. The Jacksonville region is a gateway to Florida, one of the fastest-growing states in the country, soon to be the third largest in the nation. The area is home to national treasures like historic St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach and recreational locales such as the St. Johns River, World Golf Village and Marineland. From oceanfront living, a downtown urban loft or a rural homestead, there is a place in Northeast Florida for every newcomer. Throughout the region, new residents are impressed by the area's smooth flowing roads and welcoming communities, qualities not easily found in Florida's metropolitan areas. Many companies and residents appreciate that Jacksonville and its surrounding Northeast Florida neighbors work together to solve regional issues such as growth, transportation and water management.
Important Regional Links
Northeast Florida Regional Council