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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 16 miles of scenic Atlantic coastline, Jacksonville is the principal city of the greater Jacksonville metropolitan area, which comprises just over 1.6 million people. Full-time residents of Jacksonville enjoy an average year-round temperature of 70' allowing for endless outdoor adventure and activities. This fast-growing Florida city is a top destination for Millennials with its strong growth in technology and healthcare jobs, attractive home prices and hip social scene. Jacksonville is also a popular destination for retirees with its attractive cost of living, access to excellent healthcare as well as its overall high quality of life.

Jacksonville Awards & Accolades

The Jacksonville area commonly receives top rankings as "Best Place" to live or retire in Florida, accolades for its top-rated healthcare as well as mentions of its strong housing market. View recent accolades below.

Top Reasons to Relocate to Jacksonville

  1. Jacksonville is a Best Place to Live In Florida
    Jacksonville was recently ranked as the #4 "Best Place to Live" in Florida for 2023 - 2024 by U.S. News & World Report. This study evaluated Florida cities based upon multiple factors including housing affordability, resident happiness, access to quality healthcare, employment and overall city desirability. View City Rankings List

    # City, State Average Home Price Average Age
    1 Sarasota, FL $463,088 48.9
    2 Naples, FL $602,301 65.4
    3 Melbourne, FL $378,660 41.4
    4 Jacksonville, FL $302,141 35.9
    5 Tampa, FL $386,957 35.9
      Average Home Prices as of June 1, 2024
  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 a Fast-Growing City in Florida
    Jacksonville's population has been growing quickly in recent years and now ranks as the #17th fast-growing city in the entire country by U.S. News & World Report for 2023-24 (view rankings). Strong population growth in genreral is a good leading indicator of cities on an economic upswing.
  4. Jacksonville's Real Estate Market Remains Healthy
    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 the St Johns River in Ponte Vedra, is one of the best-selling communities in all of Florida. At the start of June 2024, the average Jacksonville home price is $302,141 and represents a 1.6% year-over-year increase. 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. US News & World Report currently ranks Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic as the #1 overall Best Hospital in the state of Florida (out of 247 hospitals evaluated). View Mayo Clinic ranking.
  6. Jacksonville Has Strong Employment Market
    Jacksonville's job market has been very strong in recent years with an unemployment rate of only 3.3% in 2024. 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 Top City for Millenials
    According to US Census Data, Jacksonville is a top city where Millennials are moving to. In late 2022, SmartAsset Magazine ranked Jacksonville as the #5 city destination is the U.S. (and #1 in Florida) of which Millenials are moving to. 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 To 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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The Jacksonville Real Estate Market

Market outlook, trends and relocation advice by Jeff Riber.

The Jacksonville housing market continues to remain healthy and vibrant as buyers continue to step up in this now higher-rate environment. This strong buyer demand is causing the Jacksonville median home price to gradually rise each month and is also causing our available supply of homes to remain low at a 3.5 month supply. New listings are now spending approximately 34 days on market vs 12 days as was during the Covid frenzy. While we are still experiencing some multiple offer situations for in-demand areas and price ranges, it's nowhere near nor extreme as it was during the market peak. New home builders have now also backed away from their auction system when releasing their available lots, which makes for a healthier and more balanced market.

View my market outlook.

Jacksonville Housing Market Outlook

My outlook for the Jacksonville real estate market in the 2nd quarter of 2024 is that buyer demand will continue to be healthy, and only increase going forward as the Fed is now mentioning about rate cuts possibly coming later this year. I also expect our Jacksonville home price appreciation going forward to be much less than we saw during the pandemic years and think we’ll see appreciation more in the 1% - 5% range in the year ahead.

Market Trends I'm Observing

As Jacksonville grows into being a major US city, the demand for its real estate has come along for the ride. Many businesses are also relocating a portion of their operations (or even their full headquarters) which is bringing new jobs and more people seeking housing. With access to Atlantic coast beaches, the St Johns River, diverse shopping and restaurant options, and a lifestyle pace that is far more enticing than most major metropolitan areas, Northeast Florida is no-longer a hidden gem but a discovered reality. Several hundred new homes are being built in St Johns County alone every month. Many out-of-town buyers are also drawn to the amenity-rich master-planned communities of Silverleaf and Nocatee (south of Jacksonville) as they are top-selling communities in the entire Southeast.

My Relocation Advice

If you're new to the Jacksonville area and not exactly sure where you’d like to live yet, feel free to reach out to me and we can discuss what activities you enjoy and what you’d like to be close to. Also, just wanted to mention that as Jacksonville is the 2nd largest U.S. city (behind Anchorage, AK) at 874 square-miles in size, your experiences in one part of town could be different that one’s in a different part. As a long-time resident of the Jacksonville area, I am glad to provide my unique perspective on the different areas of Jacksonville and even glad to connect you with others who reside in these areas who can relay their experiences.

Jacksonville Relocation Reviews:

Read what Jeff's past clients are saying.

  • "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

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  • "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

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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.

Nocatee - Jacksonville's Top Master-Planned Community

Nocatee, located in Southeast Jacksonville (Ponte Vedra), has been recognized as the 9th fastest-growing, master planned community in Florida in 2023 (mid year sales). 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

Downtown Jacksonville Neighborhoods

  • Northbank
  • LaVilla
  • Brooklyn
  • Southbanks

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
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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 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
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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

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