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Population:  The City of Jacksonville ranks as the 14th largest city in the United States in population with about 750,000 residents.

Greater Jacksonville Area:  The Jacksonville metropolitan area, which includes three beach cities, Clay, Baker, Nassau and St. Johns counties, has a population of more than 1,000,000 residents.

Area:  Jacksonville covers 841 square miles

Location: on the northeastern coast of Florida. 

Elevation: 20 feet

Time Zone Jacksonville is in the eastern time zone. When it is noon in New York City; it is also noon in Jacksonville.

Weather:   (904) 630-0500

Temperatures:

 

 Month  

   High

 Low 

January  

   65F  

  44F

February  

   67F

  46F

March  

   72F  

  50F

April  

   79F

  57F  

May  

   85F

  64F  

June  

   88F

  70F 

July  

   90F

  74F  

August  

   90F  

  72F

September  

   86F

  70F

October  

   79F

  62F

November  

   71F

  51F

December  

   66F

  45F

 

 

Business Hours 

Banks are usually open weekdays 9 to 3 and some Saturday mornings; the post office from 8 to 5 weekdays and often on Saturday mornings. Shops in urban and suburban areas, particularly in indoor and smaller malls, typically open at 9 or 10 daily and stay open until anywhere from 6 to 10 PM on weekdays and Saturdays, and until 5 or 6 on Sundays.

 

Holidays

New Year's Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President's Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May;

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year's Eve Dec. 31.

 

Emergencies 

Ambulance, Fire , Police (Phone: 911).

Police (non emergency (904) 630-0500.

 

Taxes

The sales tax in Clay and Nassau, and Duval counties is  7%, and is  6% in St. Johns county. 

 

Tipping

At restaurants, a 15% tip is standard for waiters; up to 20% may be expected at more expensive establishments. The same applies to taxi drivers, bartenders, and hairdressers.

 

Telephones 

The country code for the United States is 1. The area code for Jacksonville is 904.

 

Getting There

 

By Automobile

 

Two interstate highways, I-10 and I-95 intersect in the Jacksonville downtown area.  I-10 runs east and west from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, while I-95 is the north-south highway that covers the east coast of the United States between Maine and the Florida Keys.

State Route A1A closely follows the coast through Jacksonville.  It is the most scenic, though not the swiftest road to Jacksonville.  US 17 from the west, and US 1 from the north are also important roads by which to enter the city. 

 

Driving Distances to Jacksonville:

       Forty minutes from Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island

       Thirty-five minutes from historic St. Augustine 

       Two and a half hours from Orlando (Disney World)

       Six hours from Atlanta

 

By Plane

 

Jacksonville International Airport

Jacksonville, FL 32218

904-741-4272

1-866-448-6600 toll-free

904-741-4874 fax

 

JIA is located 13 miles north of downtown near the northern junction of I-95 and I-295 (the city bypass). With 15 airlines making 250 daily arrivals and departures, non-stop and direct service is available from most of the nation's metropolitan areas.

 

By air, Jacksonville is:

Sixty minutes from Atlanta

Forty-five minutes from Orlando

Two hours and 15-minutes from New York 

 

By Bus

The Greyhound Bus Terminal is located at 10 N.Pearl Street.  There is also a sub-station at 5532 Normandy Blvd.  The main number is (904) 356-9976.  The number for fares and schedules is (800) 231-2222.

 

By Train

The Amtrak station is located at 3750 Clifford Lane, 5 miles northeast of downtown.  The telephone number is (904) 766-5110.  Amtrak‚Äôs main number is 1-800-872-7245..

 

By Boat

River taxi service along the St.Johns River is available from SS Marine Taxi at 904-630-3181.

 

General Transportation:

In addition to planes, trains and automobiles, you can visit shops and restaurants by water taxi, search for craft treasures via the monorail skyway system or catch a quick lift on a downtown trolley.

 

Ground Transportation

           

JTA

100 N. Myrtle Avenue

Jacksonville, FL 32204

(904) Ride JTA (743-3582)

904-630-3166 fax

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority, an independent state agency serving Duval County provides varied mass transit services. These include express and regular bus service, a downtown Skyway monorail, The Trolley service, and JTA Connexion for the disabled and elderly.

 

 

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