Known as the "Gateway to Florida," Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida and the 13th most populous city in the United States. As of 2005, the city had an estimated population of 782,623 with a metropolitan population of more than 1.3 million. Located on the St. John's River and the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville has the largest southern deep water port and is a major hub for imports and exports such as automobiles, coffee, lumber, paper products and phosphates. However, Jacksonville's economic strength lies in its economic diversity.
Jacksonville's economic base is comprised of industries such as distribution, biotechnology, manufacturing, financial services, information services, and consumer goods, to name a few. The median personal income in Jacksonville is $32,283, 98% of our national average. However, with no local or state income tax, Jacksonville residents take more of what they earn home. Top private industries are:
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.
- Publix Distribution Center
- Winn-Dixie Stores
- Baptist Health Hospital
- Mayo Clinic
Florida is the state with the most cities on the Inc. list of best business locations. The state has created 250,000 jobs in the last year. In fact, Jacksonville, Florida is one of Inc. magazines top-10 places to do business. Jacksonville, Florida has had a growth rate of 8.7% since 1969, 16% higher than other ranked U.S. cities.
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