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Like the Atlantic crashing on the shores, waves of affordability and amenities wash over JAX. Sure, limitless outdoor activities and 200-plus days of sunshine are a strong draw. Add to that, Florida’s number one hospital, vast higher education and K-12 options and green transportation options, and Greater Jacksonville provides residents appeal that’s unreal.
A hub of medical and wellness innovation, Jacksonville is home for some of the top health care systems. Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic campus is U.S. News & World Report’s number one hospital in Florida. More than 55 disease, discovery, research and disorder centers are at the Mayo Clinic and cover the spectrum of health care – from cancer and children’s care to sports medicine and rehabilitation.
In addition to having one of the three Mayo Clinics in the country, JAX is home to one of six MD Anderson Cancer Centers in the country. With the announcement of Mayo Clinic’s new proton therapy institute, it will join UF Proton Therapy Institute and Akerman Cancer Center, making Jacksonville the only city in the country to have three proton therapy treatment facilities.
Residents, health care providers and community organizations are leading the wellness charge with Healthy Jacksonville. Research, education and events help make up the countywide initiative focused on protecting and promoting optimal health and well-being for all who live in the Jacksonville area.
Successful career paths begin in the Jacksonville region’s K-12 education system. In fact, JAX is home to four of the top 20 school districts in Florida and some of the best career and technical programs and career academies in all areas of study. Some of these programs include the i3 New Tech Academy in Flagler County, STEM education in conjunction with Northrup Grumman in St. Johns County and LEAD arts education in Duval County all in the name of kickstarting career pathway development.
Florida State College at Jacksonville, the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University headline the region’s list of higher education institutions. Students may pursue numerous academic pathways, from engineering to hospitality management. With unparalleled access to the coast, most school offer experiential environmental studies in a unique aquatic setting.
Only 13 miles from downtown Jacksonville is the Jacksonville International Airport. Eight major airlines provide easy connectivity to destinations in the U.S.
On ground and water, Jacksonville Transportation Authority has you covered via bus, ferry, train and disabled services. The downtown Skyway and water taxi is popular with workers in the city’s core and locals seeking stress-free access to entertainment and dining. Use the Gameday Express for sports outings. Locals prefer beach cruiser or golf cart to get around by the sea.
Vacation time? Take to the seas with Carnival Cruise Line, which sails year-round from JAXPORT.
Florida Power & Light is the largest provider of electric, water and wastewater services. JEA, TECO, Clay Electric, Beaches Energy and Duke Energy are additional providers that serve JAX residents. Some cities offer their own services. New or moving residents should check in with their new community to learn how to set up utilities and trash and recycling pickup. Residents can also choose from numerous options when it comes to internet and television providers.