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Jacksonville is a major metropolitan city located on the northeast coast of Florida on the banks of the St. Johns River. It has the claim to fame of being geographically the largest city in the U.S. and, with a population of approximately 850,000 residents, the largest city proper in the state of Florida. Jacksonville has built a reputation of being a very friendly, progressive, and liveable city which is also exceptionally supportive of small business. It has a very comfortable climate with mean monthly temperatures ranging from 53° in January to 82° in July.
Why Move Here
Jacksonville has built a reputation for being a national leader in managing urban development. For example, in 2005, the city formed a development plan for the next 25 years which included an overall strategy which balances commercial and residential development with transit and infrastructure capacity with an eye on the preservation of green space.
For a major metropolitan city, Jacksonville boasts plenty of nature and green space within the city limits. Most notably, it has one of the largest urban park systems in the country. There’s also access to miles of beautiful beaches and waterways. This easy access to water and green space only adds to the quality of life for its residents.
This city also offers a vibrant arts and entertainment scene which combines both world-class events with local performers and artists. Jacksonville has its own professional symphony, a variety of museums, ballet and opera companies, as well as many community and professional theatre companies.
If you love sports, north east Florida is the place for you. The city has the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars as well as being home to the University of Florida’s many top-tier athletic programs.
Jacksonville has many beautiful homes in exceptional neighbourhoods for a very reasonable price. In 2013 nerdwallet.com named it one of the top 10 big cities for homeownership
The housing market in here over the last 10 years pretty much a mirrored the national trends. Housing prices peaked in 2007 however after the recession they dropped for a few years before rebounding in 2010.
Schools in Jacksonville
The Duvall County Public School district is one of the 20 largest in the United States. The district prides themselves on their commitment to quality education, claiming “the district will make sure its mission of providing educational excellence is reflected in every school in every classroom for every student every day.”
Some of the top rated schools in the city include: James Weldon Johnson College Prepartory Middle School, Stanton College Preparatory, Julington Creek Elementary School, and Fruit Cove Middle School.
As a growing metropolitan city with lots of green space, affordable housing, and a quality education system, Jacksonville is one of the more liveable cities for young couples, families, or just about anyone else. It’s no wonder Jacksonville was ranked number 16 on the 24 places to live in the south list according to Business Insider this year. If you’re looking for a big city with a friendly welcoming vibe, you won't be disappointed.