Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in America in terms of land area encompassed within the city limits. It covers more than 840 square miles, and within its borders is the largest urban park system in the country, with 80,000 acres of parkland.
Initially known as Cowford — because it was the spot where cattle crossed the St. John River — Jacksonville is now the most populous city in Florida, with more than 840,000 residents, and is the 14th largest city in the U.S. It is also the youngest city in Florida (no surprise there!) with a median age in the mid-30s.
Jacksonville was the birthplace of one of the greatest American rock bands ever — Lynyrd Skynyrd — and also hosts the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the second-largest jazz festival in the nation. It has a big-league sports team in the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
Why the sudden interest in Jacksonville? Just a little parental due diligence. We learned a few days ago that Richard has gotten a job at The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville’s newspaper, and will be moving down to The River City to start his professional reporting career in earnest in the next few weeks.
Jacksonville sounds like a pretty interesting place to cover and we’ll look forward to learning even more about it through Richard’s reporting. Congratulations, Richard!