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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Jacksonville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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.

Jacksonville is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The overall education level of Jacksonville citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.89% of adults in Jacksonville have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

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.