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Thinking of Moving to Jacksonville?

Discover what living in America's first coast is like.

If you're considering moving to Jacksonville and in the process of researching top Florida cities, you're in the right place. This page has been created to help you discover the greater Jacksonville area and what life is like as a full-time resident on Florida's first coast. We will overview the local employment and job market, popular beaches, attractions and things to do. We also encourage you to reach out to Jeff Riber, our Jacksonville relocation expert, as he is glad to answer to any specific questions you may have about Jacksonville including the current real estate market, home prices and annual living costs.

About Jacksonville, FL

Located in Duval County, the seaport city of Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida by overall population and land area. With its 22 miles of Atlantic beaches, Jacksonville is the principal city in the greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, with a total population of 1,523,615 in 2018 (US Census Bureau). Full-time residents of Jacksonville enjoy an average year-round temperature of 70' allowing for a plethora of popular outdoor activities. This fast-growing city is a top destination for Millennials with its expanding IT sector and top-rated housing market. Jacksonville is also a popular destination for retirees with its designation as an underrated beach town, a Best City to eat in America, as well as its overall high quality of life.

Jacksonville Awards & Accolades

The Jacksonville area is commonly receives accolades for its strong employment market and IT jobs, growth of its housing market, popular dining scene as well as its overall quality of life. View the list of recent accolades below.

Top Reasons to Relocate to Jacksonville

  1. Jacksonville is "Best City" to Retire In
    Jacksonville was recently ranked #2 as the "Best Place to Live in Florida" by Bankrate. This study analyzed the 25 of the largest cities in Florida (with populations of greater than 100,000) and was based upon multiple factors including housing affordability, safety, educational attainment and overall culture. View City Rankings List
  2. Florida Has No State Income Tax
    As a Florida resident, you will definitely appreciate not having to pay a state income tax. This allows you to keep a higher percentage of the dollars you earn. In lieu of a state income tax, the state of Florida earns healthy revenues from the millions of tourists that visit the sunshine state every year through a 7% sales tax (state level) and a 5% tourist tax (county level) from revenues on rental properties and hotel visits that are for six months or less. Once you declare your Florida residency, you will surely appreciate the many tourists who pay your share of state taxes.
  3. Jacksonville is the Fastest Growing City in Florida
    Jacksonville's population has been growing quickly in recent years and now ranks as the #7th fast-growing city in the Southeast on the US Census Bureau website for cities with a population of 50,000 or more. Strong population growth is a good leading indicator of cities on an economic upswing.
  4. Jacksonville is a Top Rated Real Estate Market
    Jacksonville's real estate market has been appreciating steadily in recent years due to the influx of people relocating to the area. Jacksonville's Nocatee Community, located east of St Johns in Ponte Vedra, was recently ranked as the 8th best selling master-planned community in the entire country. In the fall of 2021, the median Jacksonville home price is $254,834 and the median Jacksonville monthly rent is $1,528 per month. To find out exact housing and living costs, the most preferred and popular neighborhoods people are moving into, contact Jeff Riber, our Jacksonville relocation expert listed on this page.
  5. Jacksonville Has Top-Rated Healthcare & Hospitals
    The greater Jacksonville area has several top rated hospitals including the Mayo Clinic, Wolfson Children's Hospital and Baptist Medical Center. In 2021, US News & World Report ranked Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic as the #1 overall Best Hospital in the state of Florida. View Mayo Clinic Rating.
  6. Jacksonville Has Strong Employment Market
    Jacksonville's job market has been very strong in recent years with an unemployment rate of only 2.9%. Top sectors in the Jacksonville economy include healthcare, manufacturing, professional services, education, and retail. The largest employers in the greater Jacksonville area include the Naval Air Station, Duval County Schools, Jacksonville City Government and Baptist Health.
  7. Jacksonville Offers a Year-Round Playground
    With an average year-round temperature of 67.9' degrees and 221 sunny days each year, Jacksonville is a top Florida city for outdoor enthusiasts. If you enjoy watersport activities, try kayaking or paddle boarding on the St. Johns River or Trout River. If you prefer landside recreation, Jacksonville offers miles of biking, jogging and pet-friendly trails including the Riverwalk Trail and the Baldwin Rail Trail. If you like to observe the native sea life and wild birds, visit Castaway Island Preserve.
  8. Jacksonville is a Popular City for Millenials
    According to US Census Data, Jacksonville is a top city where Millennials are moving to. Jacksonville recently ranked #5 as the most sought after destination for Millenials nationwide By Smart Asset. With the great year-round weather and lack of a state income tax, it's not hard to see why Jacksonville is a top pick. View the Where Millennials Are Moving list.
  9. Jacksonville Has Great Dining & Cuisine Options
    The greater Jacksonville area offers a wide variety of cuisines from casual, pet-friendly sidewalk cafes to fancy, five-star restaurants. There's also a popular scene of craft pubs and beer gardens to check out such as Bold City Brewery, Bottlenose Brewing, Engine 15 Brewing and Wicked Barley Brewing. Many of these trendy places offer a pet-friendly vibe, live entertainment and some even offer corn hole, darts and foosball while you enjoy a fresh, locally-crafted brew.
  10. Jacksonville Offers Endless Events to Explore
    Jacksonville offers a full scene of year-round of outdoor events to choose from including food and craft beer festivals, musical performances, car shows and film festivals. Popular Jacksonville events include the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Great Atlantic Seafood & Music Festival, the Jacksonville Film Festival and the Mandarin Art Festival.

Jeff Riber

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Jacksonville Relocation Reviews:

  • "We worked with Jeff during our relocation to the Jacksonville area. He made the process so smooth. We could not be happier with the area we chose to live, and the home is exactly what we wanted!"
    Jeremy M.
    Home Buyer
  • "Jeff is great to work with! He makes buying a home easy and he puts his clients' needs first. He is very knowledgeable and a great advocate for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone that has a real estate need!"
    Danny S.
    Home Buyer
  • "Jeff is a great agent who helped us find our dream home. He has so much knowledge of the JAX area and understands the housing market. We appreciated his honesty when looking at properties and his patience with us through a long search for the right one. You can’t go wrong with choosing Jeff as your agent!"
    Alyssa P.
    Home Buyer
Jacksonville skyline at sunset
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Map of the Jacksonville Area

The following map overviews the Jacksonville area. The various regions of Jacksonville, the beaches and the Jacksonville International airport have been marked for your convenience.

Your Guide to Jacksonville Real Estate, Beaches, Area Attractions & Employment

Jacksonville Real Estate

Below are the best neighborhoods and top communities in the Jacksonville area that people are moving to.

Downtown Jacksonville Neighborhoods

  • Northbank
  • LaVilla
  • Brooklyn
  • Southbanks

Nocatee - Jacksonville's Top Master-Planned Community

Nocatee, located in Southeast Jacksonville (Ponte Vedra), has been recognized as the 8th fastest-growing, master planned community in the entire country in 2020. View community rankings list. Below are popular Nocatee neighborhoods.

  • Artisan Lakes
  • Pioneer Village at Crosswater
  • Tidewater
  • Timberland Ridge
  • Freedom Landing
  • Del Webb Ponte Vedra
  • Coastal Oaks
  • The Hammock at Twenty Mile

Top Communities in North Jacksonville

  • Hampton West
  • Riverview
  • Heron's Walk
  • Cascade Point
  • Tidewater
  • Osprey Landing

Top Communities in West Jacksonville

  • Avondale
  • Lake Shore
  • Murray Hill
  • Riverside
  • Durkeeville

Top Communities in Southwest Jacksonville

  • Oakleaf Plantation
  • Lennar at Longleaf
  • Arbor Mill
  • Water Mill
  • Chimney Lakes

Top Communities in St Johns

  • TrailMark
  • RiverTown
  • Shearwater
  • Palencia
  • Bannon Lakes

Top Golf Communities in Jacksonville

  • Jacksonville Golf & Country Club
  • Atlantic Beach County Club
  • Sawgrass
  • Glen Kernan

Jacksonville Area Beaches

Jacksonville has four main beaches which are just a short communte from Downtown. Nearby public parking and restrooms are available for all beachgoers.

  • Atlantic Beach
  • Neptune Beach
  • Jacksonville Beach
  • Ponte Vedra Beach

Jacksonville Area Shopping Centers

The Jacksonville area has popular shopping malls as well as open-air town centers with all your favorite brands.

Jacksonville Relocation Reviews

"We went though the home buying process from out of state. The technology Jeff used was so important in our transaction from afar. We felt we could trust Jeff in that he was looking out for our best interests and needs. He was a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend his services."
"Jeff provided a professional and helpful service in our home search. His knowledge of the Jacksonville, FL area is extensive and he kept our best interests in mind. Jeff was an excellent negotiator and provided prompt communication. I would definitely recommend Jeff to anyone looking to buy a home."
"My wife and I were moving to the Jacksonville, FL area and found Jeff Riber great to work with even before moving from Oklahoma. He provided us direction with information that enabled us to find the home we desired and could afford!"

Jacksonville Employers

Jacksonville is home to many of the top and best employers in Duval County, and many are headquartered here locally. Listed below are the top and largest employers in the Jacksonville area.

Top Medical & Healthcare Companies in Jacksonville

  • Florida Blue
  • Baptist Health
  • Ascention St Vincent's
  • Mayo Clinic
  • UF Health

Top Technology Companies in Jacksonville

  • AT&T
  • Fanatics
  • C2C Solutions
  • CSX Technology

Top Financial Services Companies in Jacksonville

  • Citizens Property Insurance
  • Capstone Financial
  • Wells Fargo
  • Fidenlity Investments
  • TIAA Bank

Top Business Solution Companies in Jacksonville

  • Parrallon
  • One Call

Top Manufacturing Companies in Jacksonville

  • Southeastern Aluminum Products
  • Safariland / BAE Systems
  • Novolex
  • Malnove
  • American Coolair
  • Crown Products Company
  • Swisher International
  • Sunoptic Technologies
  • Certified Slings
  • North Florida Shipyards

Largest Employers in Duval County

  • Naval Air Station
  • Duval County Public Schools
  • Jacksonville City Government
  • Baptist Health
  • Bank of America
  • Florida Blue
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Southeastern Grocers
  • Ascension St. Vincent’s
  • Citi
  • Amazon
  • Fleet Readiness Center
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • UF Health
  • Wells Fargo
  • AT&T
  • Black Knight Financial
  • JEA
  • UPS
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Brooks Rehabilitation
  • TIAA Bank
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Flagler Hospital