Fernandina Beach is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 13,169 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Fernandina Beach is the 190th largest community in Florida.
Housing costs in Fernandina Beach are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fernandina Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fernandina Beach is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fernandina Beach who work in office and administrative support (13.10%), food service (10.82%), and management occupations (9.78%).
Of important note, Fernandina Beach is also a city of artists. Fernandina Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Fernandina Beach’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.31% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Fernandina Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Fernandina Beach is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 40.70% of adults in Fernandina Beach have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Fernandina Beach in 2018 was $43,693, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $174,772 for a family of four. However, Fernandina Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Fernandina Beach is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fernandina Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fernandina Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Fernandina Beach include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Fernandina Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.