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Jacksonville Naval Air Station
With a population of 794, 500, Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida and the twelfth largest city in the country. When the surrounding areas are included in the population count, the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area is home to over 1.3 million residents. The Jacksonville Naval Air Station brings many Military families to the Jacksonville area and employs 23,000 active duty and civilian personnel.
Not only does Jacksonville have a large population, it also covers a huge amount of land. In fact, it has the largest landmass of any city in the continental United States. This great expanse of land means a diverse real estate market with many distinctive neighborhoods. The city is divided into the following six major sections:
These sections are further divided into many neighborhoods, including some that were once independent towns before being annexed. Because the Jacksonville market is so large, it is a good idea to find a Realtor to help you in the home buying process. He or she will be able to help you find the house that fits your needs. Because a Realtor will need to know your pricing parameters, it can be very helpful to get pre-approved for your home loan before you start looking at homes. When you and your real estate agent begin your search, you can expect the median home price to be just under $160,000.
Jacksonville's location on the St. Johns River and its many unique skyscrapers make a picture perfect skyline from the Jacksonville Riverwalks. These pathways are on each bank of the river and are a popular attraction for both tourists and residents. Jacksonville boasts terrific museums, including the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Science & History. And for the days when you want to enjoy the Florida sun, the river is the perfect place for boating and water sports!