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 880,619 people and 162 constituent neighborhoods, Jacksonville is the largest community in Florida.
Unlike some cities, Jacksonville isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Jacksonville are a mix 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 (16.47%), sales jobs (11.18%), and management occupations (8.96%).
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.
One of the nice things about Jacksonville is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One of the benefits of being a big city like Jacksonville is having a public transportation system, but in Jacksonville the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Jacksonville benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
The overall education level of Jacksonville is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.05% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Jacksonville in 2010 was $26,159, 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 $104,636 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.