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The State of Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida's nickname is the Sunshine State but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.
Jacksonville is the most populous city in the state of Florida and the thirteenth most populous city in the United States. Since 1968, the city has shared a consolidated government with the county, making it the largest city in land area in the contiguous United States. In 2005, the city proper had an estimated population of 782,623 with a metropolitan population of more than 1.3 million.
Jacksonville is located in the First Coast region of northeast Florida. The city is situated on the banks of the Saint Johns River, which flows north and empties into the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles east of downtown. The history of Jacksonville spans hundreds of years, and has been influenced by the area's unique geography and location. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2,264.5 square kilometers.
A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Jacksonvilleis one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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