As the largest city by area in the contiguous United States, Jacksonville, Florida, covers a massive 875 square miles of northeastern Florida. Bounded by beautiful beaches to the east and centered around the St. Johns River, Jacksonville represents all the best of what the northern end of the tropics has to offer, including desirable residential areas. Homes in Jacksonville range from simple but elegant brick or stucco ranches to sprawling, 6000 square foot modern homes with a tropical twist.
It may come as no surprise that the vast area of Jacksonville encompasses more than 500 different and distinctly varied neighborhoods. Depending on what residents are looking for in terms of walking or driving distance to amenities or an urban or suburban atmosphere, they will be able to find whatever they are looking for. While downtown Jacksonville includes areas such as LaVilla, Brooklyn, Eastside, and San Marco, greater Jacksonville is divided into much larger districts, namely Northside, Westside, Southside, and Arlington. The Jacksonville Beaches area is on its own, and includes sections of the city like Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach. For those who enjoy living in a community that echoes an older, slower way of life, there are four neighborhoods in Jacksonville that are on the National Register of Historic Places. These are Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, and Riverside, which have been recognized as official US historic locales.
As Jacksonville has the largest deep water port in the south, it is well known for automobile imports, transportation, distribution, and utilities. But Jacksonville's strong economy relies on a highly diversified portfolio of employing industries. Thriving sectors in the region include biomedical research, consumer goods, manufacturing, information services, technology, insurance, and financial and business services. The multiple military facilities within the area also contribute to its thriving economy, and these include the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and the Naval Air Station Jacksonville.