Jacksonville, FL
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Jacksonville is a very large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 868,031 people and 162 constituent neighborhoods, Jacksonville is the largest community in Florida.

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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Jacksonville who work in office and administrative support (16.59%), sales jobs (11.41%), and management occupations (9.11%).

Also of interest is that Jacksonville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Jacksonville 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Of the large cities in America, Jacksonville is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.84% of people in Jacksonville drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Jacksonville, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

The overall education level of Jacksonville is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.31% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Jacksonville in 2010 was $25,554, which is middle income relative to Florida, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $102,216 for a family of four. However, Jacksonville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Jacksonville is an extremely 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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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