Jacksonville metropolitan area, Florida

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Jacksonville metropolitan area
Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area
Map of Jacksonville metropolitan area
in MSA:
  Jacksonville Metropolitan Area
in CSA:
  Palatka Micropolitan Area
  St. Marys, GA Micropolitan Area
CountryUnited States
State(s)Florida, Georgia
Largest cityJacksonville
Other citiesSt. Augustine
 Fernandina Beach
 Jacksonville Beach
 Orange Park
 Green Cove Springs
 St. Marys
 • Total3,698 sq mi (9,580 km2)
Highest elevation
131 ft (39.92 m)
Lowest elevation
0 ft (0 m)
 • TotalMetro: 1,504,980
Combined Statistical Area: 1,631,488
 • Rank40th in the U.S.
 • Density384/sq mi (148/km2)

The Jacksonville metropolitan area, also called Greater Jacksonville or Metro Jacksonville or Northeast Florida, is the metropolitan area centered on the principal city of Jacksonville, Florida and including the First Coast of North Florida. According to the 2010 United States Census, the total population was 1,345,596, with a 2017 estimate of 1,504,980.[1] The Jacksonville–St. Marys–Palatka, FL–GA Combined Statistical Area (CSA) had a population of 1,631,488 in 2017 and was the 34th largest CSA in the United States. The Jacksonville metropolitan area is the 40th largest in the country and the fourth largest in the State of Florida, behind the Miami, Tampa, and Orlando metropolitan areas.


Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)[edit]

The Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is an area designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget used for statistical purposes by the United States Census Bureau and other government agencies.[2] The metropolitan statistical area had a total population of approximately 1,504,980 as of 2017 and is the 39th largest in the United States and the fourth largest in the state of Florida. The OMB defines the Jacksonville MSA as consisting of five counties. The components of the metropolitan area with their estimated 2017 populations are listed below:[2]

Combined Statistical Area (CSA)[edit]

The OMB also defines a slightly larger region as a Combined Statistical Area (CSA). In 2012 the OMB also defined the Jacksonville–St. Marys–Palatka, FL–GA Combined Statistical Area, which included metropolitan Jacksonville as well as the Palatka, Florida and St. Marys, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Areas (comprising Putnam County, Florida and Camden County, Georgia). The CSA had a population of 1,631,488 in 2017 and was the 34th largest CSA. The components of the CSA with their estimated 2017 populations are listed below:

  • Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Area (1,504,980)
    • Palatka, FL Micropolitan area (73,464)
    • St. Marys, GA Micropolitan area (53,044)


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,559,51415.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[3][4]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 1,345,596 people, 524,146 households, and 350,483 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 69.9% White, 21.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. 12.9% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median income for a household in the MSA was $45,143, and the median income for a family was $51,327. Males had a median income of $35,537 versus $25,093 for females.


Higher education[edit]

Higher education in the Jacksonville area is offered at many institutions. There are three public institutions in the area. University of North Florida (UNF), founded in 1969, is a public university in southeastern Jacksonville. It has over 17,000 students and offers a variety of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), is a public state college located in downtown Jacksonville with satellite campuses around the city. St. Johns River State College is a state college with campuses in St. Augustine, Orange Park, and Palatka. Many private schools are also located in the area. Edward Waters College, founded in 1866, is Jacksonville's oldest institution of higher education, as well as the Florida's oldest historically black college. Jacksonville University (JU), established in 1934, is a private, four-year institution located along the St. Johns River with over 3,500 students. Flagler College is a liberal arts college located in St. Augustine. Noted for its campus, which includes Henry Flagler's former Ponce de León Hotel, it is currently included in The Princeton Review's Best 366 Colleges Rankings.[6][7]

Public schools[edit]

The public school districts for Greater Jacksonville are all managed by school boards, with each county having its own board. The Duval County School Board is the largest in the area and the 22nd largest in the United States with over 155,000 students. In 2010, it was home to two of the top 20 high schools in the country, Stanton College Preparatory School and Paxon School for Advanced Studies.[8] The St. Johns County School District, Clay County School District, Nassau County School District, and Baker County School District manage the public schools in their respective counties.



Jacksonville International Airport Concourse C

Greater Jacksonville is served by one major airport – Jacksonville International Airport, which handled approximately 7.2 million passengers in 2019.[9] The airport has three concourses with only two being operational. Concourse B was demolished in 2009 due to a significant decrease in passengers and flights. It is scheduled to be rebuilt when traffic increases at the airport, which was projected to happen in 2013.[10] The airport has gone through many changes over the recent years. Both Concourse A and Concourse C were both rebuilt with ten gates each and moving walkways. Future plans call for expanding the newly built concourses by 2020 and possibly adding a people mover system to the airport, and connecting the airport with the onsite Clarion Hotel via a moving walkway.


Blount Island Marine Terminal of JAXPORT

The Port of Jacksonville is located in Duval County on the St. Johns River and is operated by Jacksonville Port Authority, branded as JAXPORT. Over 100 countries import and export goods through the port. JAXPORT owns three cargo facilities: the Blount Island Marine Terminal, the Talleyrand Marine Terminal and the Dames Point Marine Terminal. The Port of Jacksonville imports the second largest amount of automobiles on the east coast. The port authority also operates a cruise terminal. Opened in 2003 as a "temporary" terminal, cruise ships have set sail from the 63,000-square foot facility ever since. Current cruises from Jacksonville visit the Bahamas on four- or five-day voyages aboard the Carnival Elation.

Public transportation[edit]

JTA Skyway in downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is the public transit agency serving the Jacksonville area with bus service, trolleys, paratransit, and a people mover. The people mover, known as the JTA Skyway is located in downtown Jacksonville, and operates 8 stations along a 2.5 miles (4.0 km) track. Bus service as well as paratransit service is provided around Duval County and partially in Clay County. JTA operates three trolley lines in three different neighborhoods: Downtown, Riverside, and Jacksonville Beach. The entire JTA system has a daily ridership of over 42,000.[11]


The Jacksonville metropolitan area is served by four interstate highways operated by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). I-95 runs north to south, starting in Nassau County and leaving in St. Johns County. I-10 runs west to east, terminating in downtown Jacksonville at I-95. This intersection is the busiest in the area, with more than 200,000 vehicles traveling it each day.[12] I-295 serves as a beltway routing around the city and connects to I-10 and I-95 while serving all areas of Jacksonville. I-795 is a future expressway that will connect the southeastern section of I-295 with I-95.

Three other expressways also serve the area and are maintained by FDOT. Arlington Expressway (FL SR 115) connects downtown Jacksonville with the Arlington neighborhood via the Matthews Bridge and travels eastward to Atlantic Beach. The Commodore Point Expressway connects downtown Jacksonville with the Southside at Beach Boulevard (US 90), which continues eastward to Jacksonville Beach. Butler Bouleveard (SR 202) begins in southeast Jacksonville at Philips Highway (US 1) and ends in southern Jacksonville Beach at 3rd Street South (SR A1A). The road has become the one of the busiest roads in the metro area.


U.S. Routes[edit]

State Highways[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). United States Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "U.S. Metropolitan Area 2019 Population Estimates". The Jaxson. April 2, 2020. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "Quality of Life: Most Beautiful Campus" Princeton Review.
  7. ^ "The New 2008 Best 366 Colleges" Rankings The Princeton Review.
  8. ^ Mathews, Jay: America's Best High Schools: The List Newsweek magazine, June 13, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  9. ^ https://www.flyjacksonville.com/PDFs/transportation-report.pdf
  10. ^ "Demolition of JIA's Concourse B brings end of an era". Florida Times-Union. June 22, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 28, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Hannan, Larry: "Jacksonville’s scrambled I-10/I-95 intersection transforming traffic until 2011" Florida Times-Union, June 7, 2010

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