Jacksonville, AL
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Jacksonville is a somewhat small city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 12,222 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Jacksonville is the 56th largest community in Alabama.

Jacksonville real estate is some of the most expensive in Alabama, although Jacksonville house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Jacksonville is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Jacksonville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Jacksonville who work in sales jobs (13.16%), office and administrative support (11.32%), and teaching (10.27%).

Jacksonville is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Jacksonville to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Being a small city, Jacksonville does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In terms of college education, Jacksonville is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.89% of adults in Jacksonville have a college degree.

The per capita income in Jacksonville in 2010 was $19,693, which is middle income relative to Alabama, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $78,772 for a family of four. However, Jacksonville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Jacksonville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.22% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Jacksonville is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Jacksonville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Jacksonville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Jacksonville include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Jacksonville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.