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.
Watch this short Youtube video prepared by City of Jacksonville, Florida
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 2nd quarter 2016 median sales price of a home in Jacksonville was $215,000. Prices tend to be lower closer to the downtown and higher in the beach communities of Jacksonville Beach or Vilano Beach.
What is special about Jacksonville
• 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
What is not special about Jacksonville
• Downtown traffic • It’s a big city with a high crime rate • There are some depressed and marginal areas of the city • Hurricane season
Who will like retirement in Jacksonville
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.
Local economy is driven by
Banking, financial services, and real estate are important to the economy.
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).”
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.
As in most cities, the crime rate in Jacksonville is significantly higher than the U.S. average.
There are at least 8 hospitals in the area
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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