ORANGE PARK - FLEMING ISLAND
WELCOME TO ORANGE PARK & FLEMING ISLAND,
Orange Park was founded in 1877. Initially the area was used as an orange plantation. Two years later the town was incorporated by a Special Act of the Florida Legislature in 1879. A large hotel was built along with a 1200’ wooden pier which extended well into the river to accommodate steamboats which attracted the tourist trade. Since those early days, Orange Park has grown dramatically and has developed as the northeastern gateway to Clay County. Commerce and business has flourished, not only in the town, but in the greater Orange Park area as well. Found along the St. Johns River and Doctors Lake, Orange Park including its sister communities Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, Middleburg and Keystone Heights, offer vast stretches of gorgeous waterfront, golf courses, all kinds of water sports activities, fishing and many other outdoor ventures. Living in the Orange Park area and utilizing surrounding amenities and attractions unearths a unique combination of leisure, recreational activities, and a relaxed Floridian lifestyle.
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Orange Park belongs to Clay County and is a suburb of Jacksonville. The name "Orange Park" is additionally applied to a wider area of northern Clay County outside the town limits, covering such communities as Fleming Island, Lakeside, and Bellair. Orange Park boasts a history and riverside culture, with many golf courses, various country clubs, multiple lodging options, parks and large shopping areas. Throughout every year Orange Park hosts and sponsors several special events for all ages like the Farmers’ and Art’s Markets, 4th of July festivities, the Annual Fall Arts and Music Festival, a special visit from Santa Claus in December and many other opportunities for fun and entertainment. Residents and visitors have an opportunity to enjoy all the large city amenities provided by Jacksonville, just a short drive away. It is a place where you're greeted with a smile from your local grocery store workers and receive smiles and waves from neighbors whether you know them or not. In an area so entrenched in commercial maritime history, and being situated along the St. Johns River, it’s only natural to have a significant amount of pleasure boating in this town. Orange Park is a perfect place to boat, because water is everywhere and plenty of marinas can be found.
A RIVER TOWN WITH HISTORY
Orange Park is a dynamic town, ideally located in the southern portion of the Jacksonville metropolitan area, offering a high quality of life.
A COMMUNITY WITH A HEART
A community with accommodating nature, kind character, tolerance, friendliness, welcoming to newcomers, and lot's of southern charm.
Orange Park has a subtropical climate with mild weather during winters and hot summers. The area is known for its plentiful sunshine and pleasant temperatures year-round.
REAL ESTATE INSIGHTS
Live in Orange Park and experience country living within a city. If you’re thinking of purchasing real estate in the Orange Park area, or in Clay County, your options are endless. Whether you are interested in a condo, a single-family home, a townhouse, a waterfront property, a ranch outside of town, or a luxury home in a gated community, it’s all there.
The greater Orange Park real estate market offers a variety of properties for every taste and in all price ranges. Just a short distance inland towards the south west, the area becomes more rural and properties with multiple acres are very affordable.
Orange Park is directly located on the Western banks of St. Johns River in North Clay County. A highly desirable location with so much to do.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
A great location for property investments. The region has been classified as one of the best places to invest in real estate in Florida.
GETTING THERE IS EASY
Jacksonville has an international airport with direct connections to 31 cities and frequent service to the main hubs like Atlanta, New York, Miami, etc. Three municipal airports serving general aviation and private jets.
THE PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE
Residents love this community for many reasons. Housing is very affordable, and Orange Park is a great, quiet place for young families. There's easy access to plenty of shopping and many dining options. People here love to use their restaurants.
If you are an outdoors, or watersports person and seek mild winters, it’s the perfect place. The Orange Park area offers a family-friendly ambience and lots of southern charm. The beach is just a short drive away. Families enjoy major sporting events; you can catch a Jacksonville Jaguars football game in downtown Jacksonville, enjoy the city’s San Marco neighborhood Broadway shows, or visit one of the many a fabulous live-music events.
Living in the greater Orange Park area means being part of a diversified community made up of friendly and warmhearted individuals and families from all levels of society, coexisting in perfect harmony. The area is picturesque, not too crowded and family-oriented. It is the perfect place to settle down.
FAMILY FRIENDLY & GREAT SCHOOLS
Orange Park is very family-friendly. There are plenty of things to do for kids. A variety of public and private schools, and 14 colleges / universities within short driving distance provide excellent education.
WATER SPORTS & RECREATION
The Orange Park area is a natural playground, offering an abundance of activities and adventures for all ages.
DINING & HOSPITALITY
Orange Park offers a wide variety of dining options, from low-key to affordable chain dining. A wide variety of individual restaurants offer from traditional food to fine cuisine. Locals and visitors have a lot of options.
ORANGE PARK - FLEMING ISLAND AREA PHOTO GALLERY
90,000+ in the Greater Orange Park Area
The greater Orange Park area is the most populated within Clay County. The town of Orange Park has just 8,783 inhabitants, but the Orange Park area incl. Fleming Island, Argyle Forest, Oakleaf Plantation, Lakeside and Bellair with surrounding areas is estimated to have 90,000+ residents. Population density is about 936 people per square mile (in comparison, Orlando has a density of 2,634). The Orange park area area is not very crowded.
The median age is 42.7. That's slightly higher tan the US average.
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
The average household income in the Orange Park area along the St. Johns River banks, including the golf communities and gated country club neighborhoods on Fleming Island is $88,672.00. The median household income of the town Orange Park is $ 46,486.00. In comparison the median household income in the State of Florida is 49,426.00
Construction, Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics, Hospitality, Retail
With its diverse economic base, young, energetic population, and high quality of life, the Orange Park area experienced substantial growth during the latter decades of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Major local economic drivers are the construction, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, hospitality, and retail sectors. Many residents are commuting. They work in Jacksonville and live in Orange Park.
EMPLOYMENT & OCCUPATIONS
4.5 % Unemployment Rate
There's no shortage of jobs in the Orange Park area. However, many residents commute and work in Jacksonville. The top industries in the Jacksonville metropolitan area are finance, insurance, biomedics, high-tech, electric components, energy, aerospace, medical services, logistics, imports & distribution, and military. Jacksonville has the second-largest port on the eastern seaboard, making it a prime location for many companies. You'll also find military institutions throughout the area, as Jacksonville has the third-largest military presence in the United States. Several Navy facilities call Jacksonville home, as does the Florida Air National Guard, which bases its operations at Jacksonville International Airport.
Wide Variety up to Highly Rated
There are 25 public and private schools within the Orange Park area.
Much lower than Miami, slightly higher than National Average
The crime rate, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100, is 41. In direct comparison, the violent crime rate in Miami is 99. Overall Clay County has a much lower crime rate than other comparable counties, but slightly higher than the national US average. It all depends on location. Some areas within the Orange Park region report very low crime, other areas experience higher rates.
The average year-round temp in the Orange Park area is around 69.5 degrees Fahrenheit (21 deg C). Golfers will be happy to know the abundant golf courses around the beach area are playable pretty much year round, as daytime temp averages during the coldest months are: December: 67 (F) high (19.4 deg C), 44 (F) low (6.7 deg C); January 66 (F) high (18.3 deg C), 44 (F) low (6.7 deg C); and February 68 (F) high (20 deg C), 45 (F) low (7.2 deg C). On average, there are 224 sunny days per year in Orange Park, Florida. The July high is around 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33.3 deg C).
Very low compared to Southern Florida and the Gulf Coast
Compared to southeast Florida and the Gulf Coast, the North East Florida region (Jacksonville Metropolitan Area / First Coast) is less prone to being in the path of a hurricane. The greater Jacksonville area has suffered less damage from hurricanes than most other east coast cities. The strongest effect on Jacksonville was from Hurricane Dora (a category 2 storm) in 1964, the only recorded storm in the past 54 years to directly hit the First Coast with sustained hurricane force winds.
According to hurricane experts and forecasters there is no reason for you to cancel your plans to re-locate to Florida. By analyzing the tracks of tropical storms for the past 100 years, the experts have ranked which areas are most likely to be hit by a major hurricane and the geographical regions in Florida that are less prone to being in the path of a hurricane.
Southeast Florida (Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach), Key West and the Florida Keys, Southwest Florida (Fort Myers-Naples), West Florida (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota-Clearwater), Central Florida Atlantic coast (Melbourne-Cocoa Beach) and the Florida Panhandle (Pensacola-Panama City) are all areas with a much higher risk. The North East Florida region (First Coast) is a low risk area and this coastal region has a tremendous appeal.