The Regional Community Institute of Northeast Florida, Inc., serves Regional District 4, and is comprised of seven counties (Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns) and 27 municipalities.
The region’s land area covers 4,428 square miles and the population surpasses 1.5 million. Forty-three percent of the region is dedicated to agriculture, two percent to industry and commercial use, and thirteen percent is otherwise urbanized, and theremaining forty-two percent is covered by a variety of other uses.
The Region is characterized by an abundance of natural resources and a diversity of habitats. Its central feature is the lower St. Johns River. With 140 miles of coastline and five barrier islands boasting some of the state’s most magnificent, pristine beaches, the Region is truly “Florida’s First Coast.”
Jacksonville is the major urban center, with a good mix of industrial manufacturing, transportation, financial services, health care, and military employment. Landwise, it is the largest city in the U.S.
Surrounding counties are more rural in nature, relying on agriculture and service sectors, and a limited industrial base often focused on a single sector. However, they are increasing in their rate of urbanization and beginning to develop more economic diversity.
THE COUNTIES WE SERVE:
County Seat: Macclenny
Area (sq. miles): 585
Other Incorporated Communities: Glen St. Mary
Named for: James McNair Baker, Confederate States senator and Florida judge
The Regional Community Institute of Northeast Florida, Inc. is a non-profit corporation designed to advance and promote the vision of regionalism. It is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY
County Seat: St. Augustine, oldest permanent settlement in U.S.
Area (sq. miles): 609
Other Incorporated Communities: Hastings, St. Augustine Beach
Named for: St. Johns River
County Seat: Palatka
Communities: Crescent City, Interlachen, Pomona Park, Welaka
Named for: Benjamin Alexander Putnam
(1801-69), lawyer, soldier, judge, state legislator,
first president of the Florida
County Seat: Fernandina Beach
Area (sq. miles): 652
Communities: Callahan, Hilliard
Named for: Nassau Sound
County Seat: Bunnell
Area (sq. miles): 485
Communities: Beverly Beach, Flagler Beach,
Marineland, Palm Coast
Named for: Henry Flagler,
developer of the Florida East
County Seat: Jacksonville
Area (sq. miles): 774
Communities: Atlantic Beach,
Baldwin, Jacksonville Beach,
Named for: William Pope DuVal,
governor of Florida
County Seat: Green Cove Springs
Area (sq. miles): 601
Other Incorporated Communities: Keystone Heights, Orange Park, Penney Farms
Named for: Kentuckian Henry Clay, Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams