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Regional Information
The Northeast Florida Regional Council, formed in 1977, 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, thirteen percent is otherwise urbanized and the remaining 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.

County Seat: Macclenny
Population: 27,115*
Land Area (sq. miles): 585
Other Incorporated Communities: Glen St. Mary
Established: 1861
Named for: James McNair Baker, Confederate States senator and Florida judge
County Seat: Bunnell
Population: 95,696*
Land Area (sq. miles): 485
Other Incorporated
Beverly Beach,
Flagler Beach, Marineland, Palm Coast
Established: 1917
Named for: Henry Flagler, developer of the Florida East Coast Railroad
County Seat: Green Cove Springs
Population: 190,865*
Land Area (sq. miles): 601
Other Incorporated Communities: Keystone Heights, Orange Park, Penney Farms
Established: 1858
Named for: Kentuckian Henry Clay, Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams
County Seat: Fernandina Beach
Population: 73,314*
Land Area (sq. miles): 652
Other Incorporated
Communities: Callahan, Hilliard
Established: 1824
Named for: Nassau Sound


County Seat: Jacksonville
Population: 864,263*
Land Area (sq. miles): 774
Other Incorporated
Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach
Established: 1822
Named for: William Pope DuVal, first territorial governor of Florida
County Seat: Palatka
Population: 74,364*
Land Area (sq. miles): 722
Other Incorporated
Communities: Crescent City, Interlachen, Pomona Park, Welaka
Established: 1849
Named for: Benjamin Alexander Putnam (1801-69), lawyer, soldier, judge, state legislator, first president of the Florida Historical Society
County Seat: St. Augustine,
oldest permanent settlement in U.S.
Population: 190,039*
Land Area (sq. miles): 609
Other Incorporated Communities: Hastings, St. Augustine Beach
Established: 1821
Named for: St. Johns River

*Source U.S. Census Bureau