Jacksonville, NC
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Jacksonville is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 67,357 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Jacksonville is the 14th largest community in North Carolina.

The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Jacksonville, employing 23.02% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Public Service and Healthcare industries employ 15.70% and 14.87% of the civilian workforce, respectively.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.65% 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.

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.

The population of Jacksonville overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Jacksonville, 22.20% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Jacksonville in 2010 was $20,884, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,536 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. Jacksonville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Jacksonville include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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