Jacksonville, FL is a thriving city located in North East Florida. With a population of 868,031 residents as reported in 2013 by the US Census Bureau, it holds the position as the largest city in both the state of Florida and all of the southeastern United States.
In the time before major industrialization, Jacksonville thrived as a port city. Today, it still holds strong as one of the busiest seaports in the USA with over 3300 acres of land used for industrial purposes. The industrial base of Jacksonville is incredibly diverse and includes not only transportation equipment but also paper products, chemicals, rubber and plastics, and fabricated metal products. The largest private employer in the city is currently CSX Corporation with over 13,000 employees as of June 2013.
Jacksonville has long been known as a tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches, lush forests, and vast plantations. The beaches are one of the top draws for people who visit Jacksonville with many coming from across the country just to enjoy them. The downtown area also features many high-class restaurants that are frequented by tourists each year.
Jacksonville, FL is also known for having several tourist attractions that are popular with residents and visitors alike. The most famous of these include the Museum of Science & History (MOSH), the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Furthermore, there are many annual events hosted in Jacksonville throughout the year including Sunfest, Springfest, the Festival of Lights, and River Run.