Located in the northeast corner of Florida and sitting right across the Georgia line, Jacksonville is known as the “River By the Sea” because of it being centered on the banks of the St. Johns River. It is the largest city by population in Florida and according to the United States Census Bureau, has a total area of 874.3 square miles, making Jacksonville the largest city in land area in the United States.
Timucua people originally made Jacksonville their home along with the Mocama, a coastal subgroup of the Timucua people. Explorers came in 1562 and in 1564, was home to one of the earliest European settlements, Fort Caroline. In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to the United States and the settlers decided to plan a town. In 1822, they named the town after Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States.
In May of 1901, the “Great Fire of 1901” started and devastated downtown Jacksonville and is still one of the worst in Florida history. It was so large that it was said it could be seen in Georgia as it burned 146 city blocks and destroyed over 2,000 buildings and left thousands of residents without a home.
The rebuilding of the city came after and Jacksonville began to see additional growth. Because of its easy location along with beaches and warm climate, the area came to be known as the “Winter Film Capital of the World” due to so many filmmakers flocking to the area to make silent movies. Although Hollywood became the premier destination soon after, to this day, Jacksonville is still used as a popular location to shoot movies.
Like many parts of Florida, after World War II, many servicemen came back to live in Jacksonville and the city experienced a population boom. In 1969, scandal hit the city with many of the officials he city once again saw a rebirth as newly elected officials came in and consolidated the city with a goal to see it thrive.
Today, Jacksonville is known for beautiful beaches as well as an ideal vacationing spot for golf fanatics. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located in Jacksonville as well as golfers can play on over 70 private and public courses, Jacksonville is home to the PGA Tour each year for THE PLAYERS Championship.
Jacksonville hosts college football’s Gator Bowl each year and is also home to one of the NFL teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and is home to a bevy of tech companies, many of which rely on Jacksonville SEO marketing strategies to penetrate the local market.
Jacksonville is a great city to visit and live.