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Job Sites for the 10 Largest Cities in Florida

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Florida is a great state for those seeking municipal employment. The Sunshine State includes one city -- Jacksonville -- among the 20 largest cities in the US, according to 2010 US Census data. The Miami area includes four of the state's 10 largest cities. Other large cities are scattered across Florida's expanse.

1. Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the the largest city in Florida and 11th largest city in the US. Jacksonville is the largest city in the US in terms of land area. The city is located on the northernmost part of Florida's Atlantic coast. Since Jacksonville has assumed the functions of the county government, residents who live outside Jacksonville but inside Duval County can run for city offices and vote in city elections.

2. Miami

Miami is the second largest city in Florida. It is located at Florida's southern tip just east of Everglades National Park. Miami employs the council-manager form of government. The mayor of Miami is elected at large. Five city council members are elected by districts. Miami's mayor presides over the city council but does not "move, second, debate or vote" in city council meetings unless the mayor relinquished the chair to another city council member. The mayor has veto power over the city council's decisions; however, the council can override the mayor's veto with a four-fifths majority.

3. Tampa

Tampa is the third largest city in Florida. It is located on Tampa Bay, about half way up Florida's west coast. Tampa operates under the strong mayor form of government. Of the seven city council members, three are elected at large, and four are elected by district. The city's charter distinctly delineates that all legislative power is held by the council while all administrative power is held by the mayor.

4. St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the fourth largest city in Florida. Like the City of Tampa, St. Petersburg is located on Tampa Bay. The city operates under the strong mayor form of government. A city administrator is appointed by the mayor and is subject to city council confirmation. The city administrator serves as acting mayor in the mayor's absence, disability or removal from office. The city council consists of eight members elected by districts. The chair and vice-chair of the city council are elected by the city council from among its members. The council can override a mayoral veto with a two-thirds majority.

5. Orlando

Orlando is the fifth largest city in Florida. It operates under the mayor-commission form of government. The mayor is the chief executive of the city and the presiding officer of the city commission. The city charter refers to the mayor as the "Mayor-Commissioner." While the mayor is elected at large, the six other city commission members are elected by districts.

6. Hialeah

Hialeah is the sixth largest city in Florida. It is located about five miles northwest of downtown Miami. Hialeah operates under the strong mayor form of government. Since there is no city manager, department heads report directly to the mayor. The city council consists of seven members elected at large. Council members serve staggered four-year terms so that all city council seats are not up for election at the same time.

7. Tallahassee

Tallahassee is the seventh largest city in Florida and the state capital. It is located in the eastern portion of Florida's panhandle region. Tallahassee's government most falls in line with the council-manager form of government. The city council is comprised of the mayor and four council members. The mayor is the leader of the city council but does not hold veto power. The city council appoints the city manager, attorney, auditor and treasurer-clerk.

8. Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is the eighth largest city in Florida. It is located about 30 miles north of downtown Miami on Florida's Atlantic coast. Fort Lauderdale operates under the council-manager form of government. The city council is made up of the mayor and four other city council members elected by district.

9. Port St. Lucie

Port St. Lucie is the ninth largest city in Florida. It is about a two hour drive north of Miami along Florida's Atlantic coast. Port St. Lucie uses the council-manager form of government. The city council is made up of the mayor and four council members representing each of the city's districts.

10. Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines is the 10th largest city in Florida. It is located about 10 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale. The city operates under the council-manager form of government. The mayor presides over the city council that includes the mayor and four city council members elected by district.

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