Jacksonville : Florida

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What Jacksonville is like for active adults
Jacksonville is the most populated city in Florida with 808,000 inhabitants - it is the 12th largest  city in the country.  Even though most of the people who live here are younger and working, as a retirement community for active adults 55+ it is has much to offer in terms of culture, recreation, and things to do. The metropolitan area population is over 1.3 million and growing rapidly. In terms of land area it is the largest city in the U.S. Jacksonville is a very dynamic business capital for banking and financial services. Retirees will find an abundance of jobs here – paid and volunteer. There are several universities and community colleges in the area, including the University of North Florida (9000 students). This city has a mild climate in the winter.

Find out about more about retiring in Florida or visit the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

The community is diverse as well both in its people and types of housing - everything from downtown high rises to beach front apartments to active adult communities (see link at top right). The city is huge geographically with many very different neighborhoods. An historic neighborhood that gets a lot of favorable press is the Riverside/Avondale area, where there is a lot of historic preservation. Surrounding towns like Orange Park and Fleming Island are other possible places to live.
The NAR reports the 3rd quarter 2013 median sales price of a home in Jacksonville was $170,600. Prices tend to be lower closer to the downtown and higher in the beach communities of Jacksonville Beach or Vilano Beach.

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What is special about this retirement community
• It’s a big city with lots to do • Professional sports teams (Jacksonville Jaguars) • Great beaches • Rich cultural life • Diversity and vital business life •Many interesting neighborhoods, suburbs, and developments • Jacksonville Landing and Jacksonville Riverwalks are great for dining and shopping • Friendship Park with its large fountain
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What is not special about this retirement community
• Downtown traffic • It’s a big city with a high crime rate • There are some depressed and marginal areas of the city • Hurricane season
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Jacksonville attracts a community of retirees who want to live in a vital and diverse community with mild winters. There are plenty of opportunities for interesting volunteer and part time work due to the strength of the economy and the tourist industry.
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Local economy is driven by
Banking, financial services, and real estate are important to the economy.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Jacksonville is located in what is referred to as the First Coast region of northeast Florida. The city is situated on the banks of the St. Johns River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles east of downtown. The average July high temperature is 90 and the average January high is 64 (the low is 45).”
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, held every April, is the nation’s second-largest jazz festival. The Spring Music Fest is a free concert sponsored by the city that features some of today's most popular artists. Planetfest features a variety of modern rock artists. The Jacksonville Film Festival is held in May, reflecting Jacksonville’s early history as the “Winter Film Capital of the World”. There is a Museum of Science and History, which includes the Alexander Brest Planetarium. The Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art. Jacksonville has several theaters including the Ritz.
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Crime
As in most cities, the crime rate in Jacksonville is significantly higher than the U.S. average.
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Medical facilities
There are at least 8 hospitals in the area
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Transportation
Jacksonville International (12 Miles). Amtrak. The Jacksonville Transit Authority provides public transportation including the stadium shuttle. The JTA Skyway is a monorail through the downtown business district. 
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Visit Jacksonville

Jacksonville on Wikipedia

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Facts about JACKSONVILLE
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Urban,Suburban,College Town,Coastal,Cultural Center,Singles,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: john

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