Moving to Jacksonville

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Moving to Jacksonville

If you are thinking of moving to Jacksonville, FL, you probably know that this is the city with over 850 square miles of beautiful coastlines, outstanding restaurants, and cultural communities. Its neighborhoods present the ideal homes for young professionals and families, as well as for retirees. Let’s see what else you should know before moving to Jacksonville.



When moving to Jacksonville, FL, be ready to live in the largest city in the continental U.S. and the most populous city in the state of Florida. Also, located in northeastern Florida, its position is close to other major cities you can easily reach. Living in Jacksonville, you can visit:

  • Atlanta (for its heritage and southern hospitality) – around 5 hours by car.
  • Miami (for its beaches and exciting nightlife)- around 5 hours 30 minutes by car. Read also (“Moving to Miami“).
  • Naples (for its high-end shopping and excellent golf courses) – around 5 hours 30 minutes by car.
  • Orlando (just the most-visited destination in the U.S) – a little over 2 hours by car. Read also (“Moving to Orlando“).




The unemployment rate in Jacksonville is around 4%, and it is also second in job growth in the state of Florida. Because of growth in the retail, commercial housing areas and public catering, the city performs attractive markets in finance, logistics, and entertainment.

If you’re moving to Jacksonville, see also the top companies in Jacksonville:

  • Fidelity National Financial
  • Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
  • Landstar System
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Hyatt Regency

Did you know that Jacksonville has its name after General Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of Florida? There is NAS Jacksonville not far from the city, and it also has the third largest military residence in the U.S.


Cost of living


You can usually see Jacksonville in the lists for main cities with a low cost of living. It is smaller than the U.S. national average, and the Florida State average.

If you compare local housing costs to other cities on the East Coast, when moving to Jacksonville, you will see how affordable it is. Median home price is $150,200. Median rent is $985.

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