Located in Duval County, along the scenic banks of the St Johns River, is the seaport city of Jacksonville. It's Florida’s most populous destination, and is an attractive proposition for both travellers and those keen to make it their permanent home.
Jacksonville continues to draw large numbers of new residents each year. Young professionals pursuing career success, newlywed couples looking to get a foot on the property ladder, families wanting to be close to good schools, and retirees who want to enjoy their twilight years in the famous Florida sun, all see value in relocating to Jacksonville.
Living in Jacksonville as an expat
Jacksonville boasts a growing economy where job opportunities abound in a variety of different industries including finance, healthcare and logistics. Residents not only report enjoying job security, but Jacksonville employers in the city are known to emphasise the importance of a healthy work-life balance, which allows workers to capitalise on all the enticing lifestyle offerings available in the city.
New residents won’t ever be at a loss when it comes to leisure activities in the city. Outdoor enthusiasts will be in their element as they enjoy the hiking, biking and running trails of nearby Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve or Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. If history, arts and culture are of interest, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cummer Museum and the Museum of Science and History are just a few of the attractions to be found in Jacksonville.
Cost of living in Jacksonville
Unlike many of the more well-known US expat destinations such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Jacksonville’s cost of living is incredibly affordable. There's also an abundant supply of accommodation and new arrivals will be able to take their pick from modern apartments, plush condos and humble family homes.
Expat families and children
Those moving to Jacksonville with kids in tow will soon learn that this is a truly wonderful place to raise a family. Home to a number of good public and private schools, the city offers a good standard of education. Beyond its selection of schools, Jacksonville is just generally a family-friendly city. Whether it's a family day out at one of the city’s urban parks, a wildlife encounter at Jacksonville Zoo, or a fun-filled afternoon at the beach, there's plenty for the kids to get stuck into.
As with life in any new city, there are also downsides to living in Jacksonville. One of the most noticeable is the limited nature of the city’s public transport infrastructure. While buses, trolleys and the Skyline suffice for commuting within the downtown area, in reality investing in a car is an expense that can’t be avoided here. It’s a vast city and getting around is infinitely easier with a set of wheels.
Climate in Jacksonville
Jacksonville's climate is one of its strong points. Jacksonville is famous for its beaches, and the all-year-round good weather means that there are plenty of opportunities to top up that tan and enjoy time on the coast.
All in all, Jacksonville’s favourable Sunshine State location, the strength of its economy, and the terrific quality of life it offers its residents serve to attract newcomers from all over the US and beyond. Whether enticed by the city’s stunning coastline, eclectic entertainment options, or proximity to nature, Jacksonville appeals to anyone looking to start a new chapter.
What do expats enjoy about living in Jacksonville?
"The pay is higher in Jacksonville as compared to the Philippines. There are more opportunities available for side hustles, businesses, and other ways to earn more apart from the full-time job. The quality of life is way better in a sense that I don't spend too much time stuck in traffic commuting to work, and there is better work-life balance as compared to what I was used in my home country. Plus, the foreign exchange rates make it easier for me to save and travel."
Read more of expat Ruby's interview about living in Jacksonville.
►To learn more about the highs and lows of life in the city, check out the Pros and Cons of Moving to Jacksonville
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