Northeast Region


North East Florida
Population:
   1,531,668
Labor Force:   759,156
Households:    609,351

Airports:
• Jacksonville International Airport
• Northeast Regional Airport at         St. Augustine

Dominant Cities:
• Jacksonville
• St. Augustine
• Palm Coast

College Highlights:
• University of North Florida
• Flagler College
• Edward Water College
• Jacksonville University

Cultural Features:
• Times-Union Center for        the Performing Arts    (Jacksonville)
• Museum of Contemporary Art         (Jacksonville)
• Florida Agricultural Museum    (Palm Coast)
• Castillo de San Marcos & Ft. Matanzas National Monuments (St. Augustine)
• Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

 

Anchored by Jacksonville, the northernmost major metro market in Florida, the Northeast region offers a unique blend of city, rural and resort style surroundings.

With 874 sq. miles of area the city of Jacksonville has the unique distinction of having the largest area of any city in the nation’s contiguous 48 states.  Central to its economy is a concentration of financial and insurance services including offices for JP Morgan, Citibank, Bank of America and Florida Blue Insurance.  Other shining stars contributing to the areas dynamic growth is Healthcare spearheaded by five Baptist Health System hospitals and the Mayo Clinic, as well as the Port of Jacksonville, the state’s third largest port.

The area also benefits from a strong military presence accounting for about 16% of residents connected by way of service, family affiliation or civilian-military work. Navel facilities in the area include Navel Air Station Jacksonville, Navel Station Mayport and Blount Island Command.

Tourism stretches along the regions Atlantic Ocean coastline with resorts found at Jacksonville beach, historic St. Augustine and prestigious Amelia Island just south of the Georgia border.

The historical significance of the region is cast by notable milestones including site of one of nation’s earliest European settlements at Fort Caroline in 1564, and settlement of St. Augustine in 1565, which stands as the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States.

Among the regions most attractive natural amenities is the St. Johns River, the longest in the US at 310 miles. This magnificent waterway meets the demand of commercial and recreational mariners.

Future growth in the region is expected to continue hugging the coastline with much of the activity focused around the areas of Jacksonville, Palm Coast and St. Augustine.

Sources: US Census Bureau; Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation; Enterprise Florida Inc.