Fernandina Beach, Florida, is a quaint beachfront community with very historical roots. Located just 22 miles from Jacksonville, FL, the city has more than 13 miles of pristine beaches. Those wanting to attend college do not find any institutions in town, but the town's location offers many great opportunities in the area. In Jacksonville, students find the University of North Florida, offering one of the best values in higher education and a college known regionally for being the best. Jacksonville University offers 70 majors and programs, master's degrees, and Doctor of Nurse Practicing degrees. At Edward Waters College, operated by the African Methodist Episcopal faith, students can earn degrees bachelor degrees in science and business. Students in the area also can attend Florida Coastal School of Law, one of the most innovative law schools in the nation; Florida State College at Jacksonville; Art Institute of Jacksonville; Jones College; one of the 14 Florida campuses of Keiser University; Sanford-Brown Institute; or Trinity Baptist College.
Fernandina Beach is located in Nassau County. Small businesses rule supreme throughout the entire county. The largest employer is the Nassau County School Board, with 1,500 employees spread among all its campuses, including four campuses in Fernandina Beach. The second-largest employer in the county is Nassau County Government, with 670 employees. The next two largest employers are the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, with about 630 employees, and The Ritz-Carlton, with about 560 employees.