Jacksonville is the most populous and fastest growing city in the Southeastern state of Florida. The metro area is home to more than 1.6 million residents. Due to its convenient location, mild climate, reasonable cost of living, high quality of life and a business-friendly government, Jacksonville is a popular location for corporate expansions and relocations. Its status as an intermodal transportation hub is another incentive, and the city is also a leading distribution center, with a transportation network embracing port and air cargo facilities, rail and trucking routes. Forbes recently named Jacksonville to its prestigious list of “Best Places for Business and Careers,” while U.S. News and World Report named the city one of the “Best Places to Live.” With a growing population, a strong economy, diverse cultural and recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources, Jacksonville continues to distinguish itself as one of the nation’s most dynamic and progressive cities.