3 Reasons to Move to Jacksonville, FL Right Now

When people think of places to move to in Florida, they usually think of Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. But what they really should think about, is moving to Jacksonville!  Why? Because Jacksonville has an enormous amount to offer – exactly what you’d expect of the most populous city in Florida, right?!

It starts with Jacksonville’s community. Jacksonville is the type of city where people exude powerful, tangible pride for their hometown. The people unite for their sports teams, delicious food options, fun family activities, military, and united love of country.

What’s interesting is that while those are important reasons that make Jacksonville special, there are even far more reasons that make Jacksonville a highly attractive place to which to move.

Here are the three key reasons you should move to Jacksonville right now!

Jacksonville’s Economy Is On The Rise

As with most cities and their growth, things typically boils down to a city’s job outlook. Luckily for Jacksonville, the city’s job outlook for 2017 looked fairly phenomenal. For one, the city was ranked the seventh best city for job seekers according to Indeed.com.

The 20 top cities were ranked by Indeed on the basis of the cities’ job market favorability, salary, work-life balance, and job security and advancement, culminating into an “Indeed City Score.” For reference, Jacksonville’s characteristics were broken out as follows:

  • Job Market Favorability: 94%
  • Salary Percentile: 35%
  • Work-Life Balance Percentile: 63%
  • Job Security & Advancement Percentile: 80%
  • Indeed City Score: 76.5 %

In comparison, Miami landed an Indeed City Score of 89.2, scoring in the 100% percentile for both work-life balance and job security and advancement. Suffice to say that for Jacksonville to be ranked highly in a very competitive list, it rings true about this beautiful city’s value for people looking for a great place to move. It also helps that the unemployment rate dropped from 4.5 percent to 3.4 percent year over year in 2017.

Stellar Work-Life Balance

Let’s dig a little deeper into Jacksonville’s work-life balance. While it was only in the 63rd percentile in Indeed’s list of the top cities for job seekers, there really is a lot more to the story. First, the weather. Jacksonville is located in northern Florida, right above the subtropical line, so its climate entails mild changes. That’s a good thing, in the sense that you can enjoy Jacksonville’s beaches most of the year, but at least you won’t need to keep your AC on 24/7, 365 days a year. Imagine coming home from work and having the opportunity to visit Jacksonville’s 22-mile stretch of white-sandy beaches.

Aside from the amount of relaxation that these beaches bring to Jacksonville’s workforce, there are also loads of fun. That’s because the beaches are the perfect getaway with outdoor activities.

For instance, there are surfing activities, kayaking, paddleboarding, and open swimming areas, and not to mention plenty of room for diving, boating, fishing, and so much more.

It’s no surprise that so many people are moving to our great city, make real use of Jacksonville moving companies this year.

What better way to let off some steam than to get out in the water? The opportunities are truly endless!

Cost of Living

According to RealWealthNetwork.com, the median home price is about $153,400, which is approximately 23% less than the national average. What this means is, exactly, that the cost of living in Jacksonville is essentially lower than the rest of the country.

The US News also provides a great assessment of housing costs in Jacksonville in comparison to other cities in the nation. The data stipulates that Jacksonville offers a lower value index than similarly sized metro areas when comparing housing costs to median household income; on top of that, the housing costs amount to $184,508, compared to the median average of $222,408 of other cities in the US.

In conclusion, Jacksonville is clearly where the tide is shifting to in Florida. Surf your way over here and be a part of our community!


Mike Richards is a contributing writer for Suddath.com.

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