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Saint Augustine, FL

Located in Saint Johns County, the city of Saint Augustine, Florida is nation's longest continuously inhabited city. According to census data from 2007, Saint Augustine has a population of roughly 12,000 residents.

Rich in history and tradition, Saint Augustine is home to several ethnic cultures. While Caucasians make up the majority of the population, African Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders are also well represented. In recent years, a growing Latino population has also become a presence in the community.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

The local economy of Saint Augustine is fueled by the hospitality and tourism industries, which take advantage of the city's rich history and heritage. In addition to these two industries, retail and food services also account for a significant portion of the city's businesses. Flagler Hospital serves Saint Augustine and the surrounding communities with state-of-the-art medical treatment.

The Saint Augustine and Saint Johns County Chamber of Commerce provide support to the local business community. The Saint Augustine Convention and Visitor's Bureau provides detailed information concerning local areas of interest, lodging, and recreational activities for visitors to the city and county.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Saint Augustine is known as the Ancient City and the neighborhoods of the city feature historic ambience of cobblestone streets, quaint cafes and bars. Fort Matanzas has long protected the city from enemies approaching from south during colonial wars.

The neighborhoods of Saint Augustine have a housing density of around 670 houses or condos per square mile. About three out of five houses are owner-occupied.

The walkability of Saint Augustine is very good. Most of the places like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, bookstores and schools are within a mile's distance from the center of the city.

EDUCATION

Saint Augustine is served by three noted institutions of higher learning:

  • Flagler College is a private four-year institution. The college's main campus has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
  • The University of Saint Augustine specializes in health sciences and even offers continuing education courses for professionals.

The city is also home to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, which was founded in 1885. Saint Johns County operates a public school system that provides educational opportunities for the children of Saint Augustine.

GETTING AROUND

The Saint Augustine Airport is a noncommercial facility, and is thus not available for passenger transport. Commercial airline services are provided by Jacksonville International, located approximately 50 miles from Saint Augustine, and Daytona Beach International, which is also roughly 50 miles away from the city.

Saint Augustine does not currently operate a municipal public transport system. However, many local hotels and businesses provide transportation to clients and tourists. In addition, public transit services are provided in the city by the Sunshine Bus Company.

Access to the Atlantic Ocean from the city is available via the Saint Augustine Inlet on the Matanzas River.

SHOPPING

In addition to being home to a wide range of locally-owned shops, boutiques, and specialty stores, Saint Augustine also offers five major shopping areas:

  • Cobblestone Village
  • The Outlet Center
  • Ponce de Leon Mall
  • Belz Factory Outlet World
  • The Antique Market

LOCAL MEDIA

Two AM and three FM radio stations serve the city, although they are all based in outlying communities. The city of Saint Augustine itself has one local broadcast television station, WQXT, which is part of the A1A television network.

Two local newspapers serve the wider community:

  • Saint Augustine Record
  • Saint Johns Sun

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

A number of cultural and historical sites are found in and around Saint Augustine. Some of the more popular sites include:

  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument: Exhibits, demonstrations, and special events bring to life the history of the Spanish settlement of this area.
  • Cathedral of Saint Augustine: A National Historic Landmark, this cathedral was built in 1797 in the Spanish Mission Style. Visitors will marvel at the church's stained-glass windows and marble altars.
  • Lightner Museum: This museum's collection focuses on America's Gilded Age, with examples of Victorian art glass, Tiffany lamps, musical instruments, and costumes of the era.

FOR VISITORS

In addition to local historic sites, visitors to Saint Augustine also enjoy:

  • Alligator Farm: Visitors to this attraction, which was founded in 1893, will find plenty of alligators, as well as komodo dragons, African birds, and a range of exotic mammals.
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum: This museum is one of seven of its kind in Florida, featuring hundreds of odd and unusual exhibits.
  • The Old Wooden Schoolhouse: Constructed more than 200 years ago, the school offers tours that allow visitors to see items from the historical period when the schoolhouse was still in use, including vintage cooking utensils and schoolbooks.

EVENTS

A number of festivals and celebrations take place in Saint Augustine each year. Some of the more popular events include:

  • Annual Beach Bash, June
  • Greek Festival, October
  • Seafood Festival, March
  • Colonial Folk Arts Festival, October
  • Saint Augustine Amateur Golf Tournament, October
  • Summer Sizzler, August
  • Great Chowder Debate, November
  • Christmas Parade, December