St. Johns, Florida
St. Johns is an unincorporated community in northwest St. Johns County, Florida, United States and a suburb of Jacksonville. The population as of the 2000 census was 18,063, though considerable growth has occurred in the past ten years. It is located in the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan area, and lies approximately halfway between downtown Jacksonville and downtown St. Augustine.
St. Johns is made up of the entire 32259 zip code, including the communities of Fruit Cove, Switzerland and Julington Creek. This zip code claims a population of 36,917 at the 2010 census, for a land area of 57.66 square miles.
It is known to be an upscale suburb of Jacksonville, with numerous golf courses, boutiques and riverside mansions (in the southern area). Much of the community contains protected marsh and wetlands.
The community is located at 30.095578 N, 81.621701 W .
St. Johns is bordered by Jacksonville to the north, Palm Valley to the east, St. Augustine to the south and the St. Johns River to the west. The Atlantic Ocean lies approximately 15 miles to the east of St. Johns.
The area used to be known as Jacksonville, despite the fact that it is located in St. Johns County. Residents picked the new name from a list of five proposals in a 2005 United States Postal Service poll. The other choices were: River Cove, St. Johns Cove, River Oaks and Bartram.
Several area activists and other residents, specifically those in the historic communities of Fruit Cove and Switzerland, argued against any new name. However, the chamber council's "Anything but Jacksonville" effort cleared the way for St. Johns' adoption by U.S.P.S. computers.
Jacksonville, Fruit Cove, Switzerland and Sampson are still acceptable names for 32259, according to the postal service, but St. Johns is the top or default name in post office databases.
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