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Jacksonville, Florida lets you enjoy the warmth of the Florida sunshine combined with a close-knit Jewish community.  Located just south of the Georgia border, Jacksonville is nicknamed the “Gateway to the Sunshine state.” The area is also known as the ‘First Coast’, harkening back to the first settlers in Florida.  As the largest city geographically speaking in the continental United States, Jacksonville has the advantages of a vibrant metro area complemented with small-town charm, set against a backdrop of beautiful environment and exceptional climate.  Jacksonville has a small but vibrant Jewish community dating back to the late nineteenth century; and the larger Jewish population numbers approximately 13,000.  The region is noted for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere that supports a great quality of life.  The overall cost of living in Jacksonville is one of the lowest in Florida’s five metro areas due to very affordable housing, low property taxes and the absence of state income tax. The economy is diverse and growing, headquarters to more Fortune 500 companies than any city in North America. More than 80 national and international companies maintain corporate or regional headquarters in Jacksonville.  There are a number of employment opportunities in the growing health care, manufacturing, communications technology and finance sectors. Jacksonville also has the infrastructure in place that supports the Orthodox Jewish family lifestyle: thriving shul, mikvah, chevra kadisha with a Jewish cemetery, kosher food, ample shopping and an Orthodox day school.

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