Jacksonville, Florida, one of the nation's largest cities in terms of square miles, has a little over 700,000 people living within the area. About a quarter of the population is African American, and a small Hispanic community accounts for just three percent of the population. Those living in Jacksonville are more educated than most; almost 77 percent of the population has graduated from high school.
For purposes of providing TANF employment services, Jacksonville is part of a six county area that is served by the First Coast Workforce Development Board. Over 16,000 employers, primarily in the health, service and hospitality, financial, aviation, and construction industries are within this region. Jacksonville, the largest city in the First Coast Region, has a poverty rate in the single digits (9.8 percent) and an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, lower than the national average.