Moving to Jacksonville, Florida
The most populous city in Florida and the Southeast, Jacksonville is the twelfth most populous in the United States. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area (Metro Overview Map) and the county seat of Duval County.
A few interesting facts about Jacksonville:
- Jacksonville was known as Cowford until 1822 because cattle were transported across the St. John's River
- Voted three times the number one city for expansion and relocation in America by Expansion Management Magazine
- The historic Riverside-Avondale area was named one of the 10 greatest neighborhoods in the United States in 2010
- The Dames Point Bridge, which connects Downtown to the Arlington area, is the largest concrete cable-supported bridge in the world
- The annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival, which began in 1980, is the second-largest jazz festival in the US JaxJazzFest.com
Arts, Entertainment and Endless Fun Things to Do in Jacksonville
Jacksonville is a mecca of sports venues with enough local, regional, college and professional teams and events to satisfy everyone.
Sundown entertainment options are as diverse as the local landscape. Jacksonville’s arts and cultural community boasts exceptional museums, unique, boutique galleries and a wide selection of performing arts.
The city offers a plethora of local artists, creating a blend of museums, festivals and performing art – only minutes away from the sophistication of Jacksonville’s city center.
- Jacksonville Events - Comprehensive view of big events/shows in Jacksonville, Florida
- Top 10 Jacksonville Attractions – Mix of attractions that appeal to everyone
- Jacksonville Beach - The City of Jacksonville Beach has more than 4.1 miles of sandy beaches which offer recreational opportunities year round
- TPC (Tournament Players Club) Sawgrass - Part of the PGA TOUR, the TPC Network was established to provide the ultimate host venues for TOUR events – with services and amenities that met the highest standards of professional golf
- Jacksonville Jaguars - Official site of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team including events and news
- Jacksonville Suns - The Suns provide some of the best baseball you can find anywhere
- Jacksonville Florida Theater - Events Calendar and ticket information
- Ponte-Vedra Concerts - Performing arts facility located in the heart of Ponte Vedra Beach. The Concert Hall features national and international performing artists and an array of activities, concerts and community gatherings
- Museums in Jacksonville - List of top museums in Jacksonville, Florida - Inexpensive and Fun for the Whole Family
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is a great outdoor concert venue on A1A in St Augustine, Florida, United States. The Amphitheatre seats 3,493 people and showcases top names in entertainment.
Downtown Jacksonville has quite a remarkable skyline. The tallest building in the Downtown area is the Bank of America Tower, constructed in 1990 as the Barnett Center with a height of 617 ft. and 42 floors. Other notable structures include the 37-story Wells Fargo Center, originally built in 1972-74, and the 28 floor Riverplace Tower, which was completed in 1967. Downtown is the central business district of Jacksonville.
The oldest section of the city and the center of Jacksonville’s Urban Core, which includes the surrounding neighborhoods of LaVilla, Springfield, East Jacksonville, and Brooklyn, plus a section on the south side of the St. Johns River known as Southbank.
The Jacksonville area continues to experience positive growth as more people discover it's perfect balance between business opportunities and lifestyle.
Neighborhoods of Jacksonville, FL
There are more than 500 neighborhoods within the Jacksonville area which include Downtown Jacksonville and surrounding neighborhoods. Greater Jacksonville is traditionally divided into several major sections that include: Northside, Westside, Southside, Arlington and the Jacksonville Beaches, also known as the “Beaches” or the “Beach.”
The Jacksonville area covers 48 Zip Codes.
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Jacksonville neighborhoods include:
- Downtown Core – Also known as the Northbank, is Jacksonville’s traditional city center and contains many government offices, corporate skyscrapers, and regional amenities.
- LaVilla – Historic neighborhood located immediately west of Downtown and Jacksonville’s first suburb
- Brooklyn – Located south of LaVilla along the St. Johns River, immediately to the north of Riverside.
- Southbank - District directly across the St. Johns River from the Downtown Core. It includes large office and residential structures, such as the Aetna Building, The Peninsula, and Riverplace Tower. Attractions in the Southbank district include: the Museum of Science and History, Friendship Fountain and the Southbank Riverwalk .
- Riverside and Avondale – Two adjacent and closely associated neighborhoods, primarily residential and contain some of the city’s most notable examples of residential architecture. Riverside and Avondale are routinely recognized as among the great neighborhoods in Jacksonville and were named one of the top ten neighborhoods in the United States by American Planning Association in 2010.
- Springfield – Historic residential neighborhood located immediately north of Downtown. in 2011, Southern Living named Springfield one of “The South’s Best Comeback Neighborhoods.“
- Eastside – Residential neighborhood located directly to the east of Downtown and Springfield. Eastside contains Jacksonville’s sports complex, including EverBank Field, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
- San Marco - Neighborhood south of Downtown Jacksonville, across the St. Johns River. It remains a diverse and architecturally significant neighborhood, with many of its former government buildings and homes surviving.
- St. Nicholas – Small neighborhood on the south side of the St. Johns River, just east of San Marco. St. Nicholas is primarily residential with some commercial zoning along Beach and Atlantic Boulevards
- Ortega – Located on the St. Johns River just south of the Riverside and Avondale area. It lies on a peninsula jutting into the St. Johns River, separated from the mainland by the St. Johns River to the east and the smaller waterway known as the Ortega River to the north and west. It is considered to be one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Jacksonville and one of the wealthiest in the U.S.
- Mandarin - Located on the east side of the St. Johns River just north of the border with St. Johns County. It was at one point a separate city, and was incorporated into Jacksonville in 1968.
- Northside – One of the large sections of Jacksonville. It consists of neighborhoods north of Downtown, as well as large tracts of largely undeveloped land north of the St. Johns River.
- Panama Park – Neighborhood on Jacksonville’s Northside.
- Westside - one of the traditional large sections of Jacksonville. It refers to the large section of Jacksonville west of Downtown and the interior neighborhoods, including both populated areas and a vast tract of undeveloped land. Neighborhoods sometimes included as part of the Westside include: Argyle, Riverside and Avondale, Ortega, Cedar Hills, Lake Shore, Murray Hill, Normandy, Sweetwater, and Confederate Point.
- Lake Shore - small neighborhood established in the 1920s. It is defined by San Juan Avenue to the north, the Cedar River and US17 to the east.
- Murray Hill - Took the name of a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. Created in 1907, it was a replat from the Edgewood Subdivision.
- New Town – Urban Westside neighborhood located immediately west of LaVilla and Downtown.
- Arlington - Arlington is one of the large sections of Duval County. Initially, Arlington was a settlement to the east across the St. Johns River from Jacksonville; today it refers to most of Jacksonville east and south of the St. Johns, west of the Intracoastal Waterway, and north of the Arlington River and Southside.
- Sandalwood – Neighborhood that began developing in the spring of 1960, midway between downtown Jacksonville and the beaches, or about 6 miles from each.
- Southside – One of the large sections of Jacksonville. Originally the name “South Jacksonville” applied to the area to the south of Downtown across the St. Johns River, a neighborhood now typically called San Marco.
- Jacksonville Beaches – Group of towns and communities on the northern half of an unnamed barrier island on Florida’s First Coast, all of which are suburbs or parts of the city of Jacksonville. These communities are separated from the main body of the city of Jacksonville by the Intracoastal Waterway. The Jacksonville Beaches are located in Duval and northern St. Johns County, and make up part of the Jacksonville metropolitan area. The main communities identified as part of the Beaches are Atlantic Beach, Mayport, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach.
Jacksonville, FL Climate
Jacksonville has a humid subtropical climate with mild weather during winters and hot weather during summers. The city gets around 52 inches of rain per year. Number of days with any measurable precipitation is 114. On average, Jackson boasts 221 sunny days per year with July highs around 92 degrees and January lows around 43 degrees.
Jacksonville, FL Demographics
As of 2012, Jacksonville’s population is approximately 821,784 people with 1,100 people per square mile (population density). Since 2000, the area has had a population growth of 12.82%.
The median age in Jacksonville is 35.5. 43.81% of people are married and 13.33% are divorced. The average household size is 2.48 people. 26.57% of people are married with children and 18.85% have children and single.
Jacksonville, FL Real Estate and Housing
If you are in the market to buy Jacksonville Florida real estate or thinking about relocating to the area, you will find many residential options to choose from. Whether you are looking for luxury estate homes, new construction homes, single-family homes, golf homes, waterfront properties, townhomes, condos or investment properties, we can help you find the perfect home for your lifestyle, preferences and needs.
The median age of Jacksonville, FL is 29 years. Renters make up 33.78% of the population and 11.79% of houses and apartments are unoccupied. As your Jacksonville, FL area Realtor®, I offer extensive knowledge in local neighborhoods, schools and market conditions.