Jacksonville : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the most populated city in Florida with 949,611 inhabitants (2020 Census), and 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

Find out about more about retiring in Florida or visit the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.


Where to Retire in Jacksonville and Home Prices

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 left). 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 in the 2nd quarter of 2022, the median sales price of a home in Jacksonville was $396,000, up almost 24% from a year earlier. 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.

Medical Facilities

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. 

Valuable Links

Visit Jacksonville

Jacksonville on Wikipedia


What people are saying about Jacksonville

Retired in Jacksonville
My wife and I, (66 and 64) retired to Jacksonville last year and we are very happy here. We picked Jacksonville because our children came here, one to go to college who stayed and the other to get out of the cold north. So we picked Jacksonville because of our kids, but we already knew a lot about it and had no hesitation. Jacksonville is a big city which makes it a great place to be if you like to do a lot of things. Arts and entertainment abound. Golf is everywhere, home of the PGA Tour and then there is the beach. We live 5 miles from the beach so we are close enough to be there in 10 minutes when we want and far enough away that we don\'t have the beach traffic issues in the peak season. We live in a gated golf and tennis community Jacksonville Golf and Country Club and love it. If you are a golfer or tennis player this is a fabulous club and great neighborhood. The neighborhood is a mix of young families and retirees which makes for a very vibrant community. The community is about 25 years old and extremely well kept. Many houses have or are going through the refresh or remodel stage after 25 years adding new life. That should not imply tired and rundown, just the opposite. The golf course is a Fuzzy Zeller design and is one of the best in the city. The climate is highly manageable. Yes it\'s hot in the summer but it is very mild in the winter. We are glad to have traded hot and air conditioning for cold and heating. I like to joke to my old northern friends that one thing I hate I still have to mow the lawn in the winter; once a month. We don\'t regret one minute of our choice to retire in Jacksonville, we have only scratched the surface of all there is to do. I highly recommend Jacksonville if you don\'t want to be bored, like a city and a little traffic once in awhile and a plethora of restaurants and things to do.
Posted by dkf1107 on March 23, 2017

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