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St. Johns County FL
Founded in 1821, St. Johns was one of the two original counties established after Spain ceded Florida to the United States. The county seat as well as the largest city of St. Johns is St. Augustine, which holds the distinction of being the country’s oldest city. Its foundation traces back to 1565 on the initiative of Spanish explorers.
This county is located in northeast Florida, and it got its name from St. Johns River flowing along its western border. Also prominent in St. Johns geography are the rivers Guana and Tolomato just north of St. Augustine near the coast wherein many luxury waterfront communities have been established.
Bedroom for Jacksonville
St. Johns occupies an area of 822 square miles, with land accounting for 601 square miles and water 221 square miles. The county today primarily provides residential bedroom communities for folks who commute for work or business in Jacksonville.
Indicative of this role as a manpower resource and home base of growing families, growth has been significant for the St. Johns County School District. The district is comprised of 18 elementary schools for the 2014–2015 school year, while counts for other levels were are three for K-8, seven for middle, and seven for high schools. In addition, the district has one alternative K-12 center, one virtual school, and six charter schools.
Several institutions for higher learning serve the county too. One is the St. Johns campus of the St. Johns River State College, a state college in the Florida College System near the St. Augustine downtown. St. Augustine is also host to the private liberal arts institution of Flagler College. U.S. News & World Report has notably recognized it as a “Best Value College.” For physical and occupational therapy education, local students can enroll at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
Tourism is a major economic driver for St. Johns County, with the attractions of St. Augustine as one of the top tourist draws. The local destinations include the various golf courses in the area, as well as the scintillating local beaches. Among the favorites is St. Augustine Beach with over 40 miles of pristine coastline known for its laid-back feel and plenty of water-based recreational activities. Besides its impressive fishing pier, this beach likewise features waterfront restaurants and the historic Fort Matanzas where boat rides for sightseeing are free.
Visitors and county residents also troop to Ponte Vedra Beach which offers not only the charms of its waters. It is also home to the championship golf links of TPC Sawgrass, an annual stop of the US PGA Tour.
An efficient and well-established transport infrastructure including a regional airport and strategic road corridors like the Dixie Highway support these various sectors contributing to the economic growth of St Johns. With these strong pillars in place for the county’s economy, property developers have been building in St. Johns some of the most popular residential communities in North East Florida like Nocatee and Palencia that are bringing in home buyers from all over the country.