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Jacksonville, Florida has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Originally inhabited by the Timucua people, the area was later settled by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. In 1822, the United States acquired Florida from Spain and Jacksonville was established as a settlement along the St. Johns River. The city quickly grew into a major port and trading hub, attracting settlers from all over the country. During the Civil War, Jacksonville was an important supply point for the Confederate army, but was eventually captured by Union forces in 1862. After the war, Jacksonville experienced a period of rapid growth and development. The Great Fire of 1901 destroyed much of the city, but it was quickly rebuilt and emerged as a major center for industry and commerce. Today, Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida by land area and continues to be a vibrant and diverse city with a thriving arts and cultural scene.

1. The top 10 industries that are hiring locally:

  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Finance
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Government

2. The top 10 recreational activities the area is known for:

  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Rock Climbing
  • Boating
  • Golfing
  • Wineries Tour
  • Hot Springs

3. Average low and high temperature for the month:

  • Low: 60°F
  • High: 85°F

4. Average precipitation for the month:

  • 3 inches

5. Elevation:

  • 5000 feet

6. Average home price:

  • $300,000

7. Average household income:

  • $60,000

8. The top 10 tourist points of interest:

  • National Park
  • Historic Downtown
  • Waterfall
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Museum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Amusement Park
  • Zoo
  • Art Gallery
  • Performing Arts Theater

The top 10 restaurants:

Carolina Jax

2548 Oak St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

From a food truck to a bustling burger joint, Carolina Jax shines with inventive smash burgers and loaded fries. The standout Hurricane burger combines a house beef blend, white American cheese, jalapenos, macaroni, bacon, and chipotle sauce, while the Riverside burger blends sweet, spicy, creamy, and smoky flavors with Key lime, and datil pepper aioli, goat cheese, and orange marmalade on a smash burger. Besides burgers, there’s a selection of sandwiches and hot dogs, including a Hurricane Dog topped with the same lavish ingredients as the Hurricane burger.

Restaurant Orsay

3630 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Expect a solid happy hour and a meal featuring inventive bistro classics at Restaurant Orsay. Inspired by French cuisine and its Southern surroundings, the menu includes pan-roasted fish with grits and mussels frites. Beyond its impressive happy hour and dinner service, Restaurant Orsay offers weekend brunch, showcasing roasted oysters with bacon, spinach, parmesan cheese, Southern-style biscuits and gravy, and bourbon-orange infused French toast. As this is one of the most buzzed-about restaurants in town, book a table far in advance.

The French Pantry

6301 Powers Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32217

Upon entering the French Pantry, guests are immediately captivated by its old-world French charm. Known for its sandwiches and bruschetta, the restaurant boasts a wide range of unique ingredient combinations. The Reuben sandwich, often hailed as the best in town, features hot pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, 1000 Island dressing, and tangy sauerkraut. As patrons queue to order, they are greeted by a display of homemade cakes and desserts, with the wedding cake adorned with white frosting and strawberries standing out as a crowd favorite. Despite potential lines out the door, the efficient service ensures a swift wait, promising a dining experience worth the patience.

Catullo’s Italian (Multiple Locations)

1650-2 San Pablo Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32224

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Mesa

4260 Herschel St (Shirley), Jacksonville, FL 32210

Mesa has been making waves in town for its top-notch Indian cuisine, offering diners a choice between a seasonally-driven, five-course tasting menu and a la carte options. Notably, the tasting menu is vegetarian-friendly, a rarity in the city. For those opting for a la carte, the chicken wings on the small plate menu are a must-try, featuring a delightfully sweet, sticky, and tangy tamarind-ginger glaze.

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