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About Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States.  It is the county seat of Duval County and had an estimated population of 853,382 in 2014.  It is the most populous city proper in the state of Florida and the Southeastern US but ranks as the 12th most populous city in the United States.  The Jacksonville metropolitan area that includes the surrounding area had a population of 1,345,596 per the 2010 US Census.  For more on the area check out city’s website:

Jacksonville is located on the First Coast Region of northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles north of Miami.  The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent Atlantic Seaboard.

Jacksonville was established in around 1816 but in 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain; it was named after General Andrew Jackson, the first governor of the Florida Territory and later the seventh President of the United States.

River and Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port.  Its riverine location facilitates two naval bases and the Port of Jacksonville.  The two US Navy bases, Blount Island Command and the nearby Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay form the third largest military presence in the United States.  

Jacksonville has a growing population, a strong economy, diverse cultural and recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources, Jacksonville continues to distinguish itself as one of the nation's most dynamic and progressive cities.  Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics make Jacksonville a great place to live, work and attend school.

Things To Do In Jacksonville

There are plenty of things do across the Jacksonville area, like downtown’s Jacksonville Landing, and Florida Theater, miles and miles of great beaches, the Prime F. Osborne Convention Center, museums, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, several shopping centers, various malls, a large central city library the largest urban park systems in the country and many places of worship for all denominations.

Jacksonville is home to one major league sports team, the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). The Jaguars joined the NFL as an expansion team in the 1995 season; they play their home games at EverBank Field.  In 2005, Jacksonville hosted Super Bowl XXXIX.  The PGA Tour, which organizes the main professional golf tournaments in the U.S., is headquartered in the suburb of Ponte Vedra Beach, where it holds The Players Championship every year.

Jacksonville is also home to several minor league-level teams:

The Jacksonville Suns, a Minor League Double-A affiliate baseball team, have played in Jacksonville since 1970.

The Jacksonville Sharks, who began play in 2010, were the champions of the Arena Football League's ArenaBowl XXIV in 2011. 

The Jacksonville Axemen are a semi-professional rugby league team founded in 2006, and now play in the USA Rugby League. 

The Jacksonville Giants basketball team started play in the new American Basketball Association in December 2010 and in 2012 won an ABA National Championship

The Jacksonville Armada FC is a soccer team that began play in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2015.[

College sports, especially college football, are popular in Jacksonville.  The city hosts the Florida–Georgia game, an annual college football game between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia, and the Gator Bowl, a post-season college bowl game.  Jacksonville's two universities compete in NCAA Division I: the University of North Florida Ospreys and the Jacksonville University Dolphins, both in the Atlantic Sun Conference

Jacksonville is only about 35 miles north of the Nations Oldest City, St. Augustine, and about 150 miles from Orlando and the Disney Theme Parks.

Getting Around Town!

Getting to Jacksonville by plane, train, bus or automobile is extremely easy!  There is the Jacksonville International Airport, an Amtrak Station and a Greyhound Bus Depot located downtown.  Two Major Interstate highways converge in Jacksonville; I-10 & I-95US Highway 1, Highway 17 & Highway 98 also run thru the area.

Jacksonville has an excellent public transportation system.  The Jacksonville Transportation Authority operates a fleet of buses, trolley and a monorail system to move people efficiently across the metro Jacksonville Area.  To plan a trip or more info on JTA check out:

Visiting & Need A Place To Stay

True, there are numerous hotels in the Jacksonville area; but we suggest that you stay at hotel below because they provide a reasonable rate for those visiting or enrolled here at CDA.  This hotel is located minutes away from campus and about a mile from the Jacksonville International Airport.  Call the LOCAL PHONE below and mention that you’re affiliated with CDA Technical Institute.

Holiday Inn  Express & Suites - Jacksonville Airport
1200 Airport Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32218
Phone: (904) 421-5000

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