Amelia At a Glance
Name: Bestowed by Oglethorpe in honor of Princess Amelia, the daughter of George II.
Location: The northeasternmost corner of Florida, just across the St. Marys River from Georgia. 32 miles northeast of Jacksonville.
Elevation: Avg. 20-25 feet above mean sea level Size: 13.5 miles long. Width varies from a quarter mile to two miles. 11,600 acres. 18.2 square miles (7 square miles in the city limits of Fernandina Beach.)
Only U.S. location to have been under 8 flags: French, Spanish, British, Patriots, Green Cross of Florida, Mexican, Confederate and U.S.
Population: Fernandina Beach: 12,292 Nassau County: 82,721
Annual avg. temperature: 69.9° F
50-block area of downtown Fernandina Beach listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Main tourist attractions: beach, golf, fishing, sailing, Fort Clinch, American Beach, Centre Street Historic District, Amelia Island Museum of History
Principal industries: tourism, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Rayonier, Inc., WestRock., commercial and sport fishing, Port of Fernandina.