Upcoming: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office say they will hold a press briefing about the just-ended bank robbery and hostage situation at Community First Credit Union at 11:45 am ET. We'll watch for updates.
Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, the 12th most populous city in the United States and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Jacksonville was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States. People from Jacksonville may be called "Jacksonvillians" or "Jaxsons" (also "Jaxons").
Consolidation greatly expanded Jacksonville to encompass the metropolitan population; with a population of 868,031 in 2015, it is the most populous city proper in Florida and the Southeast. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Jacksonville metropolitan area. With a population of 1,573,606 in 2015, it is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Florida, after Miami, Tampa and Orlando.
Jacksonville is in the First Coast region of northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and 340 miles (550 km) north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent Atlantic coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and the Cow Ford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain.
Harbor improvements since the late 19th century made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its riverine location has two United States Navy bases and Jacksonville Port, Florida's third largest seaport. 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's economy depends on, services: banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics. As with much of Florida, tourism is also important, particularly golf related.