So you think Miami or Orlando are the biggest Florida cities? You’d miss by several miles. Jacksonville is not only the largest city in the Sunshine State but in the country at 885 square miles. That’s double Miami’s and triple Orlando’s size.

Here are eight things you should know before moving to Jacksonville.

1. This Is A River Town

You thought that was the ocean when you saw the first drop of water? Nope. Jacksonville is surrounded by the St. Johns River and its branches. The three mile Riverwalk is chock full of cool places to see, dine in, and enjoy. Water taxis are big here, as is the skyway, so jog on down to see it all.

However, if you just have to have a beach, there are several nearby. Jacksonville, Neptune, St. Augustine, Atlantic, and Ponte Vedra beaches are all an hour’s drive away. Sand, anyone?

2. This Is A Sports Town

You’ve got your baseball team the Jacksonville Suns, your golfing enterprise with the PGA course nearby, and lots of football with the Florida Gators, Seminoles, and the Jaguars. The TV screens are the largest in the world. As cool as that is, it isn’t as cool as the two swimming pools in the end zone bleachers that stuns everyone who sees them.

3. We Leave At Break Of Day, Hey, Hey, Hey

If your Jacksonville moving company has uniforms packed inside their vans, then you’re in the right place. You’ll probably be living in a neighborhood whose residents work at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Kings Bay Naval Base, or Marine Corps Blount Island Command. At ease. and welcome to Jacksonville.

4. It’s About The Weather

Florida gets its share of hurricanes, but Jacksonville hasn’t been hit since 1964. The city is positioned in a corner, so hurricanes skip right over it. Otherwise, you’ll be sitting by a pool in 70 degree non-humid weather in January while your friends and family are digging out from feet of snow.

5. Are You Young?

So will your neighbors be. The elderly seem to settle in other Florida cities. The median age in Jax is 36, so you’ll be in good company.

Young entrepreneurs have made Jax their home base, so the job market is stocked with young, up and coming enterprises. Unemployment is lower than the state average. Healthcare, finance, technology, aviation and aerospace, and dozens of company headquarters are the basis of the Jacksonville economy.

6. East Coast Hollywood

Florida has been known as the East Coast Hollywood for quite some time. Film makers use Jacksonville before they use any other Florida city in which to film. The longer you live here, the more you’ll recognize the city in GI Jane and The Devil’s Advocate.

7. Gators

They’re not all confined to the Everglades, and they’re not all visible all the time. Before your Jacksonville moving company pulls in the drive of your new home, check beneath cars before entering them. If you’re on the side of the road, don’t stray from the pavement. Don’t walk on the side of the road or step into or across any ditches. Additionally, look before you splash into the pool. Gators like to cool off, too.

8. Take The Kids To Free November

Families enjoy November in Jacksonville, because Christmas comes early. Access to and admission to Jacksonville’s greatest attractions and museums are, yep, free. Some Jacksonville historic theaters are free such as the Sun-Ray Theater where the first talkies were shown, The Ritz Theater and Museum, and the Florida Theater. Y’all come!

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