51 Facts About Jacksonville


Jacksonville is a city located on the Atlantic coast of Florida, the most populous city in the state and is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States as of 2020.

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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.

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In February 1864 Union forces left Jacksonville and confronted a Confederate Army at the Battle of Olustee, going down to defeat.

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From 1893 to 1938, Jacksonville was the site of the Florida Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home; it operated a nearby cemetery.

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The Walker Business College was opened c 1916 in Jacksonville and advertised that it was the largest African American business school in the United States.

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In 1958, a study recommended the city of Jacksonville begin annexing outlying communities to create the needed larger geographic tax base to improve services throughout the county.

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Jacksonville has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean with the Jacksonville Beaches.

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Jacksonville is home to a notable collection of Mid-Century modern architecture.

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The tallest building in Downtown Jacksonville's skyline is the Bank of America Tower, constructed in 1990 as the Barnett Center.

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Additionally, greater Jacksonville is traditionally divided into several amorphous areas, comprising large parts of Duval County.

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Jacksonville has only received one direct hit from a hurricane since 1871.

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The strongest effect on Jacksonville was from Hurricane Dora in 1964, the only recorded storm to hit the First Coast with sustained hurricane-force winds.

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In 2004, Jacksonville was inundated by Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne, which made landfall south of the area, and suffered minor damage from Tropical Storm Bonnie, which spawned a minor tornado.

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Jacksonville suffered damage from 2008's Tropical Storm Fay, which crisscrossed the state, bringing parts of Jacksonville under darkness for four days.

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City of Jacksonville has a unique park system, with various lands operated by the National Park Service, Florida State Parks and the City of Jacksonville Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, and the twelfth most populous city in the United States.

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The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Jacksonville, defined as a minor basilica in 2013, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

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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.

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Jacksonville is home to the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies: CSX Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, Fidelity National Information Services and Southeastern Grocers.

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Jacksonville has long had a regional legacy in banking and finance.

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Jacksonville is the site of Deutsche Bank's second largest US operation; only New York is larger.

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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.

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Port of Jacksonville, a seaport on the St Johns River, is a large component of the local economy.

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Jacksonville is the 47th-largest local television market in the United States.

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Jacksonville is the 46th-largest local radio market in the U S, and is dominated by the same two large ownership groups that dominate the radio industry across it: Cox Radio and iHeartMedia.

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Naval Air Station Jacksonville is a military airport 4 miles south of the central business district.

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Jacksonville is home of River City Pride which is Northeast Florida's largest Gay Pride parade.

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Jacksonville is home to many breweries and a growing number of distilleries.

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Theatre Jacksonville was organized in 1919 as the Little Theatre and is one of the oldest continually producing community theaters in the United States.

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Florida Theatre, opened in 1927, is in downtown Jacksonville and is one of only four remaining high-style movie palaces that were built in Florida during the Mediterranean Revival architectural boom of the 1920s.

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Since that time, Jacksonville has been chosen by a number of film and television studios for location shooting.

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Notable television series or made-for-television films that have been partially or completely shot in Jacksonville include Inherit the Wind, Orpheus Descending, Saved by the Light, The Babysitter's Seduction, First Time Felon, Safe Harbor, Recount, American Idol, and Ash vs Evil Dead .

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Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville is a contemporary art museum funded and operated as a "cultural resource" of the University of North Florida.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville has the Kent Gallery on their westside campus and the Wilson Center for the Arts at their main campus.

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Jacksonville Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is a branch of the world's largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents.

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The museum in Jacksonville is in a 1921 neoclassical building on the outskirts of downtown.

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Jacksonville is home to one major league sports team, the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League .

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The Jacksonville Axemen are a semi-professional rugby league team founded in 2006, and now play in the USA Rugby League.

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The Jacksonville Armada FC is a soccer team that began play in the North American Soccer League in 2015.

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Jacksonville 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.

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The Mayor and City Council of Jacksonville established the JHA in 1994 to create a community service-oriented, public housing agency with innovative ideas and a different attitude.

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Jacksonville is home to a number of institutions of higher education.

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Jacksonville University is a private institution founded in 1934.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville is a state college and a member of the Florida College System, offering two-year associate's degrees as well as some four-year bachelor's degrees.

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In 1988, Jacksonville voters chose to eliminate toll collection and replace the revenue with a ½ cent local sales tax increase.

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Jacksonville Skyway is an automated people mover connecting Florida State College at Jacksonville downtown campus, the Northbank central business district, Convention Center, and Southbank locations.

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The initial study was undertaken by the Florida Department of Transportation and Jacksonville's planning department, who took the Skyway project to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority in 1977.

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In 2014, the Jacksonville was among the top large cities ranked by percentage of commuters who drove to work alone .

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Jacksonville was served by the thrice-weekly Sunset Limited and the daily Silver Palm.

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Jacksonville is served by Jacksonville International Airport, 13 miles north of downtown, with 82 departures a day to 27 nonstop destination cities.

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Public seaports in Jacksonville are managed by the Jacksonville Port Authority, known as JAXPORT.

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