With a diverse, growing population of more than 840,000 residents, Jacksonville, Florida, is the most populous city in the state, but its mild climate and rich natural resources promote an outdoor lifestyle and the friendly charm of a small town.

Located where the St. Johns River meets the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville is the largest city in square miles in the continental United States. The city is known as Florida's River City and has miles of waterways and white, unspoiled beaches.

Jacksonville is home to three U.S. Navy bases, numerous major corporations, a PGA Tour golf tournament, the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team and three minor league sports teams. There are 10 colleges, universities and professional schools within Jacksonville and the surrounding area.

Jacksonville's diverse economy includes service, transportation, medical and insurance industries. The city offers a stimulating combination of arts and entertainment, community resources and a four-season calendar of sports and recreation.

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Oct. 14, 2016