ST. JOHNS COUNTY
WELCOME TO ST. AUGUSTINE, THE NATIONS OLDEST CITY
St. Augustine is the oldest city in the U.S., and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches like sandy St. Augustine Beach and tranquil Crescent Beach. Anastasia State Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary. The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet.
Its unique scenery and history set this city apart from any other in Florida St. Augustine has a quaint feel but boasts a big appeal. Visitors can see why when they stroll along the brick-lined streets and delight in the city's European flavor, with centuries-old buildings, horse-drawn carriages, hidden courtyards, and so much more. St. Augustine has plenty of history to explore -- more than 450 years of it!
Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the continental United States.
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A CITY WITH HISTORY
St. Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida's first governor. He named the settlement "San Agustín", as his ships bearing settlers, troops, and supplies from Spain had first sighted land in Florida eleven days earlier. The city served as the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years. It was designated as the capital of British East Florida when the territory briefly changed hands between Spain and Britain.
Henry Flagler and his business partners John D. Rockefeller and Thomas Edison spent a lot of time in St. Augustine. Under Flagler's leadership the city was transformed into a major Florida railroad hub and a winter resort for wealthy Americans from the north.
A BEAUTIFUL CITY - 450 YEARS OLD
A colonial jewel with remarkable history. St. Augustine's rich heritage makes the city and its surroundings a unique place for residents and visitors.
A COMMUNITY WITH A HEART
A community with accommodating nature, kind character, tolerance, friendliness, welcoming to newcomers, and lot's of southern charm.
St. Augustine 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
If you’re thinking of purchasing real estate in St. Augustine, your choces are fare reaching, from condos, single-family homes, ocean front properties, locations not far away from the beaches, or a home towards the west adjacent to the inland waterways, to luxury real estate right on the water.
St. Augustine provides many options, and is also an ideal location for investment properties or a second home. St. Augustine is a very popular holiday destination and that ensures a continued demand for vacation rental housing that deliver solid returns for investors looking to diversify their portfolios with real estate.
Right on the Atlantic coast just 40 minutes south of Jacksonville. St. Augustine is surprisingly convenient and other popular Florida cities such as Orlando, Cape Canaveral, and Tampa can be quickly reached. 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
Conveniently close to Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and Orlando international airports. St. Augustine has a municipal airport with domestic connections served by Frontier and Via Air. The airport also serves general aviation and private jets.
THE PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE
St. Augustine has been and currently is the home for a long list of famous authors, novelists, musicians, composers, actors, NFL and NBA players, PGA players, NASCAR and aerobatic champions, as well as many highly successful entrepreneurs that made a name for themselves. Living in St. Augustine 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. With its historical downtown and cultural history with a lot of European influence, St. Augustine is a vibrant city offering something for anybody.
It is a great place to live for people that are attracted by culture and historical architecture, a lifestyle influenced by Spanish, British and French history, and love an active lifestyle. No matter where you turn there is a monument or landmark honoring the area's heritage and storied past.
The climate and lifestyle are uniquely different compared to many other places. St. Augustine attracts people of all ages and backgrounds. The people are friendly, warm-hearted, accommodating, and very welcoming to newcomers
FAMILY FRIENDLY & GREAT SCHOOLS
St. Augustine is very family-friendly. There are plenty of things to do for kids. Public schools are rated among the best in Florida and the US. Private schools, and 4 colleges are located in St. Augustine.
WATER SPORTS & RECREATION
The St. Augustine area is a natural playground, offering an abundance of activities and adventures for all ages.
DINING & HOSPITALITY
St. Augustine has a wide variety of dining options, from low-key to fine dining. There is a huge selection of cultural cuisine including luxury 5-star dining.
ST. AUGUSTINE PHOTO GALLERY
14,240 in St. Augustine - 226,640 in St. Johns County
St. Augustine is the seat of St. Johns county. The county population is 226,640 and the population density in the county is about 350 people per square mile and 1,376 within the city limits of St. Augustine (in comparison, Miami-Dade County has a density of 1,371, New York City has 27,000 and Long Island NY has a density of 5,402). St. Augustine and St. Johns County are not very crowded. Many German, British, French, and Italian made St. Augustine their home.
The median age is 41.4 in St. Augustine. In St. Johns County the median is 41.0 years.
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
The average household income in St. Augustine's coastal area (Anastasia Island and Beach) is $69,082.00. That's the region along A1A and a more affluent location. The median household income of St. Augustine is $ 43,204.00 and overall for St. Johns County it is $ 66,194.00. In comparison the median household income in the State of Florida is 49,426.00. St. Johns County is the wealthiest in the State of Florida.
Tourism, Hospitality, Serivices, Aerospace and High Tech Manufacturing
Being a great place to live also means being a great place to work. A thriving economy helps the tax base (so there’s more money for city improvements) and helps the city attract and retain talent. While employment opportunities often play a big part in why people move, a city’s unemployment rate also is a major indicator of an economy’s overall health. St. Augustine has always been good to attract and retain skilled workers, new industries, and retailers. Tourism and the hospitality / services industry is a major contributor to the local economy. In addition St. Augustine is home to a wide variety of high-tech and manufacturing facilities, including aerospace technology.
EMPLOYMENT & OCCUPATIONS
3.7 % Unemployment Rate
There's no shortage of jobs in St. Augustine. The top industries in this area are tourism, hospitality, education, engineering, healthcare, entertainment, construction, manufacturing and retail. The Florida National Guard is headquartered in St. Augustine.
Wide Variety of Excellent Highly Rated
There is a wide selection of public and private schools, as well as 4 colleges in St. Augustine. Most of of them are highly rated and of top quality ranking among Florida's top schools.
Much lower than most other Cities
St. Augustine's, crime rate, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100, is 52. In direct comparison, the violent crime rate in Miami is 99 and in Orlando 70. Overall St. Augustine and St. Johns County have a much lower crime rate than other cities and regions. Some areas along the A1A and coast line report very low crime, well below city average.
The average year-round temp in the St. Augustine area is around 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26.1 deg C). Golfers will be happy to know the abundant golf courses around the city are playable pretty much year round, as daytime temp averages during the coldest months are: December: 67 (F) high (19.4 deg C), 49 (F) low (9.4 deg C); January 65 (F) high (18.3 deg C), 46 (F) low (7.8 deg C); and February 67 (F) high (19.4 deg C), 47 (F) low (8.3 deg C). On average, there are 223 sunny days per year in St. Augustine, Florida. The July high is around 91 degrees Fahrenheit (32.8 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.