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considering moving to Jacksonville? do your homewo - 1/9/2011
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knowing what i know about Jacksonville, if i were considering a move to
the sunny state of Florida i would definately choose another city in Fla.
I lived in Jacksonville for 39 years, and i recently just moved from there
because the city has gotten so awful and crime ridden it is just hard to
believe it is in the United States anymore even. Their are multiple reasons
why i would never live there again or recommend anyone even considering a
move there. For review purposes i do not mean to be overly harsh but the
vast majority of people in Jacksonville seem to be just rude for no apparent
real reason and after close observation come across as dangerous with many
being obviously clearly uneducated. If you look at all of the recent crime statistics for the last few years it is verifiably a DANGEROUS PLACE to live.
Notable of the fact that there is practically a church on every street corner
the community in Jax is terribly violent and Crazy. and for the last several years unfortunately jax has been the well known murder and violent crime
capital of the State o Florida. The climate is also a major downside as it
is one of the worst in the country on the comfort scale. overall mostly because of the near unbearable heat and humidity combination. If you do not
believe this check the data from the comfort index on this very site, it is
like 29 or something out of 100. One of the lowest readings i have ever seen.
So there is not much good to say about the Jacksonville area even if you are
looking for a biased positive review. It is the kind of place where you move
to and just end up getting stuck there because the local economy and living
conditions are so bad off. Be fore-warned this city is full of nothing but
crime,racial gangs and rednecks and the city's police force is extremely
overly aggressive proably out of necessity and a clearly dominant military
theme personifies most of the community. at one time as many as 3 military
bases were home to the jax area but now there are only 2 after the closing
of the cecil field base on the westside several years ago. also it is well
documented, the city has enough cops to supply a small army but cannot afford
to keep the cities libraries funded and functioning long enough to support
even reasonable hours. The schools are violent and dangerous and have consistently recieved failing marks from the federal government and the state
repeatedly. a big part of the problem is the city is over run with corruption
and honestly has the highest level of local government official corruption
anywhere i have ever seen in a concentrated area anywhere in a U.S. city.
It is a truly remarkable bad city and a scary place that i would not recommend to anyone short of considering a move from Juarez,Mexico and even
by the south's normally forgiving standards. If you ever visit or move there
remember this review and let it be your guide as few people comment on cities
with so much expierence and many reviews on this site are done to make cities
look pretty and overly attractive as if they were being written by the chamber of commerce people themselves instead of honest long time citizens
speaking from expierence. Obviously because it is in Florida many will logically end up in Jacksonville not knowing the city's history or reputation
and thinking they are in Florida and fall into a real trap expecting Palm
Beach or your typical central South FLA type community. Not so. Instead, they
will be sorely dissapointed and may find themselves trapped in a dangerous
living situation. In my opinion it does not represent the state of Florida
well at all and unless you favor the military/police state lifestyle and
high crime, the mob, government corruption and ridiculously uncomfortable
weather i would never in a million years recommend anyone moving there.

I might add this site is a great resource for other cities and there is one
good thing about Jacksonville,Fl (yes,there is one) and that is the downtown
area is beautiful, with all the lights and bridges and the Jax Landing is a
nice feature for the city but all things considered the St.John's river is
the city's most attractive asset but certainly is not enough to overcome all
of the city's notably scary negatives. If you are thinking about or are
considering moving to Florida think further south! The Central Florida area
is nice and it seems the further south you go in Florida the nicer it gets.

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re: considering moving to Jacksonville? do your ho - 2/28/2011
Hi ,Im looking at moving to Florida and my husband was offered a job in Jacksonville,i found your post after trying to research the best places to live. I am actually from England and have moved to the us with my two children as my husband is from Ohio which is where we currently live. Please can you tell me which area if not Jacksonville do you think would be a good family place to live ?

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Tallahassee, FL

will be moving to jax - 10/24/2015

There are a lot bad reviews,but large cities have some of every thing. I have lived all over the world and seen the good and the bad. You just have to choose your specific place and make the best of it. I've lived in Jacksonville temporarily before and will be moving back permanently. The worst part about the negative reviews is how the post will accuse the community of being closed-minded and yet will bash every belief held by others that is not in line with their own...go figure. It seems that if you're a conservative then you're "backwards " and uneducated. That's closed-minded! Progressives and conservatives clash but the truth remains unchanged. It's too bad we can't come together to identify truth. Anyway, Jacksonville will be what you make of it. Your lifestyle will either bring peace or trouble. Intelligent decisions will avoid most of the world's depravity and lead to a good quality of life wherever you live.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

St John's county - 7/21/2015

Jacksonville is not in St John's County, it's in Duval. I live in Ponte Vedra Beach which is in St John's County.

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Jacksonville, FL

So, Jacksonville - 12/23/2014

People who have bad things to say about the city probably don't live in a good neighborhood. The overall feeling that you get from being in one section of this city is much different from being in the next. I think the best place to find a house would be in Old San Marco. There are good people there, and it is close to some of the top schools. Plus, house prices aren't as high as in nearby Granada. As for the crime rate, it is pretty high, but most residents aren't affected by it. The problem is that we need more police for such a large city. There are lots of things to do, and you aren't too far from other attractions in Florida (Disney World, Universal, St. Augustine, etc.).

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Jacksonville, FL

Crime in Jacksonville - 11/16/2014

Violent crime is high right now alot of murders and robberies. We need more police for a city of this size.

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Melbourne, FL

went to UNF in Jacksonville then moved away asap - 4/23/2014

I was raised in Brevard County, FL. UNF is a great campus and the beach area in Jacksonville is nice. However both my brother and I could not find jobs after earning bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice in that area. I moved each year I lived there because the base music from neighbors and cars was so bad. I graduated in 2003 and resided there from 2001-2004. The traffic sucks, the water and power frequently would go out, and the beachside restaurants and bars were too pricey. 3/5 of that city is the hood. I am so glad I came back to Brevard. We have 72 miles of beaches, tons of beach volleyball, parks, and nice restaurants with bands, and no heavy traffic. It is much more laid back here. Lots of medical office, engineering firms, hotels, beachside cities, and stores. We do not have major crime and very small pockets of ghetto areas. Granted out population is smaller but so is all of the bad factors that increase with the population. In Jacksonville 11 years ago you could not even go to pick up your prescriptions at night and use the bathrooms. Pharmacists were getting robbed at gun point through the drive thru window. It is so sad how a city that once thrived now sucks. I am not super old but sometimes I wish I could glimpse into the past to see what it use to be like in hopes of helping to reform it. The cost of living is soo high. My advice is to live in quiet neighboring cities if you must locate to this area. Otherwise do not even go there. Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando also have major crime, traffic, and a significant amount of citizens at the poverty line. Not saying poor people are bad but typically ghettos form nearby and some people get desperate. I was raised down south for a time also. Most of the people who lived there growing up or in the last few decades have all moved to central parts of the state where it is safer and more relaxed as a result. Do your research, this site is a great start.

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Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Florida YOU WILL REGRET LIVING HERE - 12/11/2013

I came here in 1995 from California, LA. And it was decent when I got here and quiet. This city is so damn expensive, poor quality of life, absolutely no jobs whatsoever! I can't even understand why it is so expensive. It's very expensive to rent, I have lived all over Jacksonville, and Everywhere in Florida. I can understand if you go down south some, but JAX florida takes the toll. We have very poor and ghetto schools all over. I have also lived in many other States and this one is next in line for poverty stricken, bad economy. If your thinking of locating unless you make plenty of money don't bother coming here. They charge Hollywood prices for low budget housing. Of course people from NY would say it's better, NY is more expensive, also CAly people, but I can even understand why Caly is expensive, but even there to is not worth living unless you make more than middle class. That's a fact! HOT BORING HOT BORING EXPENSIVE! I have called every staffing agency in Jax believe me there is no jobs! you want a wonderful place go to TEXAS, Austin that is I lived there.

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Jacksonville, FL

You decide...Jacksonville, FL - 10/31/2013

You can't drive 3 miles in Jacksonville without seeing one, if not all of the following: Sex Toy store, roadside marker of a traffic fatality or a Pawn Shop. Tie that all together with a blistering heat, brutal humidity and a crime rate that ranks 24th out of the thousands of cities in the Nation, and the 10th worst water quality in the U.S. (The website 24/7 Wall St. examined the quality of water supplies in most major America cities, using data collected from multiple sources for five years (ending in 2009) by Environmental Working Group (EWG), based in Washington, D.C.) And I can't imagine being able to do better with no effort whatsoever in choosing a place to work and live.

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Jacksonville needs jobs - 10/25/2013

Jacksonville has high unemployment. The pay is ludicrous. A degree means nothing here. The zoo is vastly improved and a fun place. The air pollution is not as bad as it was 30 years ago. The Saint Johns area has very low crime and excellent schools. The Town Center has been one the more recent bright spots. Most of the people are friendly and considerate. The Middleburg element adds a redneck mean streak. The drivers in Deerwood are very rude. Climate wise it is hot and humid most of the time. Utilities are high, and commutes are long. The St Johns River has been exploited big business and polluted by sewage. It is a good ole boys town and now state. At least the tolls were removed. People may dress poorly but then again we are trying to keep our homes on meager pay. If we could find decent jobs we would stay but that is doubtful. Hopefully the Jaguars will get some sense and bring Tim Tebow here. That would give the city new energy and excitement.

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Jacksonville, FL

family - 10/15/2013

used to be a great city for rasing family now so so nothing special any more .

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Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Florida - 6/18/2013

If you are educated with at least half a brain...Jacksonville is not the place for you! This is a slave state and it doesn't matter what race you are. I don't know how Jacksonville expects somebody to make a living on $10.00 an hour, JEA is high as hell, apartments are priced really low compared to other cities but you have to be making at least $30,000 to live here comfortably. Do you know why so many people get evicted because they have you sign an "at will" clause when you start working which says if we don't like your ass, we can fire you and there is nothing you can do. And they are right. So you might ask why not just move to another state, well it takes money to move and at 10.00 an hour you better not miss a day of work or you will be like all of us...just a paycheck away from being homeless. I worked at UNF as a custodian...even though I have a degree..I do have to eat..anyway, they wouldn't hire me for any administrative positions but they hired me as a janitor. I stayed long enough to get two paychecks and then I left; you have to pay for parking...go figure. I use to think bad about the people here, really, but after being in this stink hole, its not the people but the people doing the hiring who have been here all their lives and have never left Jacksonville. I worked as a Teaching Assistant with Duval Public Schools, I tell you that my check wasn't even $600 every two weeks and they don't even post their jobs, its all in who you know! Now other cities pay 12 or 13 an hour, same position...go figure. I can't wait to get the hell out of this depressing city and I would tell not even THINK about moving here or you really will regret it. On the internet, Jacksonville has good paying jobs, entertainment..that just to make you THINK Jacksonville is all that and a bag of chips! You can tell a real Jacksonville Floridian, they come into the grocery store with their bathrobe, slippers and hair tied up...I am not lying. The have ACCEPTED this way of life because they haven't been anywhere to compare it with.

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Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Florida - 6/18/2013

If you are educated with at least half a brain...Jacksonville is not the place for you! This is a slave state and it doesn't matter what race you are. I don't know how Jacksonville expects somebody to make a living on $10.00 an hour, JEA is high as hell, apartments are priced really low compared to other cities but you have to be making at least $30,000 to live here comfortably. Do you know why so many people get evicted because they have you sign an "at will" clause when you start working which says if we don't like your ass, we can fire you and there is nothing you can do. And they are right. So you might ask why not just move to another state, well it takes money to move and at 10.00 an hour you better not miss a day of work or you will be like all of us...just a paycheck away from being homeless. I worked at UNF as a custodian...even though I have a degree..I do have to eat..anyway, they wouldn't hire me for any administrative positions but they hired me as a janitor. I

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Jacksonville, FL

The Truth about Jacksonville, Florida - 5/29/2013

I have lived in JAX for two years. We are retired, no kids. I bought a condo in the Southside next to Tinseltown and Town Center. If you are going to come to JAX, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BUY OR RENT. Clean, reasonable prices, great shopping and dining, etc. I paid 67K for my 2br condo overlooking a 22 acre lake and is gated with a pool, gym, Jacuzzi, community center,tennis. Condo fees are 249 a month. I paid $450 in property taxes last year, using the Homstead Act to reduce the tax value by 25K. THERE IS NO STATE INCOME TAX! THERE IS NO TAX ON FOOD! Car tags run around $400 for the first year, after that around $100 a year. I can get a pitcher of Miller at the Ale House for 6.00 all day, every day. We have a winter here in Jan and Feb when the average high is 70 and the low is 45. We had 3 nights at 26 and I put our electric fireplace on 2 nights all winter. September through March are perfect and then it gets warm and then hot in July and August but no worse than Northern Virginia where I came from. The St Johns River flows through the city but the many bridges keep rush hour to a minimum and lasts for about an hour or two at most. There are two Navy bases in the city that helps the economy. We have 5 great beaches here and they are never crowded like our southern beaches like Coco and Daytona. We have professional football and minor league baseball, a soccer team, arena football, even girls roller derby (trust me, it's a hoot). Fishing is great, boating even better, the riverwalk is very chic and the restaurants are so varied and reasonable, you will want to try them all. Since JAX is the farthest west city on the Florida east coast and hurricanes rarely hit here, usually staying out at sea and slamming the NC coast. The schools are not good and the crime is high just like most big cities, but the burbs, like Southside are much better. Lots of colleges, lots of students and lots of military gives JAX a young feel and it is one of the youngest populations in Florida. Us retirees, love it because you can always get somebody to do a small job for you. Also, if you cruise, JAX has a cruise boat and we are 5 hours away at most from Miami, Tampa, Charleston and 2 hours from Port Canaveral. The people are friendly and always helpful. The rents run from 700 a month for a 2br apt to about 1500 a month for a 4br house. You can still get condos on the Southside for 60K if you look hard. These are facts that I have learned since living here and I am sure there are prettier places to live but JAX comes real close.

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Saint Augustine, FL

Don't do it... - 1/23/2013

Jacksonville and the surrounding areas are way more expensive than you would think. Homes & property taxes are significantly lower than NJ (where we moved from). However, the cost of food and gas are much higher, and there are no exceptions to sales tax. The crime rate is higher than NYC's, sometimes topping Chicago's. The schools are awful. I personally listened in horror as the principal of one of the most highly rated high schools in the state, gushed with happiness because 40% of the student body can now read at grade level. The president of UNF described Jacksonville as an "intellectual wasteland". We could not agree more.

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Jacksonville, FL

Don't walk around at night - 12/12/2012

People seem to think everyone owes them something. I have seen someone jay walk across a 4 lane highway, head raised like it would be wrong of me to hit him.

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Jacksonville, FL

Cost of Living in Jacksonville - 6/23/2012

Jacksonville or what is known as the first coast is a great city to live in if you make about $50k a year and you better have the job before you come here as unemployment is really high. If you are on a fixed income I would not recommend the area. Housing costs are high for Florida especially if you rent as are the costs of groceries and gas but electricity rates here are killer. If you run you AC at all below 78 degrees plan on a $400 plus electric bill more if the home is not energy efficient. Summers here can get very hot 100 degrees plus and some of the older homes can not even cool below 80 degrees running the AC full time. I am now on a fixed income and this is the second house I have rented that was foreclosed on. Now I am leaving the area for a lower cost of living area.

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Baltimore, MD

relocation - 12/30/2011

what are the best places in Florida to live? I am relocating there for work and I want somewhere nice If I can get close to the beach,fine... I was recommended Tampa,Jacksonville,Gainesville and basically North Florida...I was also recommended Palm bay and Port St Lucie!!! HELP!!! LOL

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Jacksonville, FL

Not great if you have children - 10/30/2011

I have lived in Jacksonville for 20 years. Having read others negative reviews, I have to agree with a lot of what they say.It has it's good points which are the beach, Riverside, Avondale and various small nice areas. The weather is too hot but great if you hate snow and cold weather. There are 4 seasons but mild and the "winter" is very short, maybe 2 1/2 months of cold weather. The temperature does drop to below 32 degrees about 10 - 20 nights per year. It is very sunny and bright and the months of Oct and April have generally gorgeous and just magnificent weather. Other than that, overall, I have to agree with most of what the negative people said. The people are very closed minded. Coming from Toronto Canada, it was a culture shock when I first arrived. It was almost like going back in time the way the people think. It is hard to believe people are actually like this in this day and age. Like one guy said, they believe everything Glen Beck says. Simple things which would make the city more liveable and attractive are not done. For example, there are almost no picnic tables or benches anywhere. Bridges that cross beautiful, picturesque rivers are built in a way so that concrete obscures the view. Much of the spread out city looks like a baron wasteland of big box stores, car places and parking lots. Roads and public areas are not well maintained and most of the city looks dilapidated and run down. They have overgrown, medians everywhere littered with old yard sale signs and trash. The medians make it harder for drivers to enter businesses and u-turns are required everywhere just to get to for example, into the library. The people don't seem too happy and there are poor race relations. There is practically no cultural diversity and minorities are disliked and viewed with suspician. This goes across the board, neither the blacks nor the whites seem positive toward other nationalities or cultures. The only visable minority other than black are Philipinos who have no real area but are scattered around town. Hispanics are starting to come in but as yet have made no real positive impact to the area. The economy is really bad so that may account for the run down look of the place but in the 20 years I've lived here, it's never been economically doing well. It's just a little worse now than before. The schools are very bad, especially middle and high schools. Bike riding is extremely dangerous. The bike lanes are inches wide and traffic whizzes by at 60 miles an hour. I have personally known several people who have been hit and one co-worker who is completely paralyzed with spinal cord injury after a hit and run while biking in Ponte Vedra, one of the nicer and safe areas. Jacksonville has been determined to be one of the un-walkable cities in the entire nation. In addition to the murders, pedestrians are often hit and killed by motorists. Overall, this does not make for a relaxing atmosphere. Hardly anyone walks anywhere and the whole place looks like a ghost town populated only by cars. I have only lived here and Toronto and Montreal as a young person so I may not be realistic in my assessment as compared to other American cities but I've visited Orlando and Miami which appear much more appealing in every way except the traffic. If you are a retiree and are into a few cultural activities (we do have some here), but mainly would enjoy the weather, gardening and walks on the beach, Jacksonville might work out for you. Housing is cheap. I would not recommend it for a family as there is not a lot for kids to do and a lot seem to get into trouble with the law or drop out of school, possibly due to the lack of things to do and depressing job market.

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House in Jacksonville - 10/24/2011

Hi to all I live in the United Kingdom In England and thinking of purchasing a house in Jacksonville my budget is upto $70,000 could you -plese tell me which are the best areas for the price i want to pay and which are no go areas thanks in advance Jon

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Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville is the best kept secret - 9/3/2011

Bottom line up front first about Jacksonville Florida. It is the best kept secret. And after all the negative comments that have been posted about Jacksonville Florida, I thought I would reflect on my experience with this nice city. Deciding to plant roots in a certain part of the world depends on your goals, and your income level. Jacksonville is a perfect place for the first time home buyer on a limited income. The climate is ideal due to the mild winters and no snow to deal with while you commute to work. No road salt to eat away your car like out West and up North. The roads are almost perfect because they never freeze and thus there is no expanding and contracting which causes horrible pot holes such as out West and up North. In other words your car will last longer in Jacksonville Florida. Since Jacksonville is flat, your car does not work hard dealing with the constant climbing and then coming back down the other side of the mountain or hill such as the infamous "Grape Vine" (Interstate 5) in the Los Angeles California area. I had to leave Los Angeles and moved out to Hesperia California just outside of Los Angeles and the commute from about 4,000 feet in elevation in Hesperia back down to sea level in Gardenia was killing the fuel economy of my car. The commute to work is on average no more than thirty minutes no matter where you live in the Jacksonville metro area. The traffic is a snap compared to other large metropolitan cities. I have lived in California and the 405 is real challenge and you have to really plan on when you decide to get on the 405 to get to work. Many companies are ditching California for a more business friendly state such as Florida with no income tax. Since Jacksonville has a lot of room for industry, many California based companies have left and relocated in the south east as well as Jacksonville Florida. The house I purchased in Jacksonville would cost over $500,000 in Los Angeles and Hesperia was a lot more affordable but the commute was killing me. So I had to quit because I really was not happy with my life and where I was going in California. We moved to Fort Collins Colorado which has been listed as one of the best places to live in the entire United States but to discover that we were surrounded by former Californian's and our house was about the same price as our previous house in Hesperia. Fort Collins was nice and the public schools top notch but the taxes are a little high and Colorado is becoming a carbon copy of California. I have also lived in New Jersey and had to use the Jersey turn pike to get to work and that was almost as bad as the 405 in California not to mention the horrible snow storms in New Jersey. We lived off of exit 12 near the Jersey Turn Pike. Jacksonville has professional sports such as a major NFL team known as the Jacksonville Jaguars. Los Angeles doesn't even have an NFL team! Go figure that one out? Los Angeles usually tops the news in violence. Let's take a look at the Rodney King riots of East Los Angeles. Jacksonville is a tame little kitten compared to Los Angeles, Compton, Ontario and east Los Angeles areas. By the way Ontario is a suburb of Los Angeles not to be confused with the one in Canada. You can walk around down town Jacksonville without getting mugged. Try going for a walk down town Los Angeles. Who is always on the television show "COPS"? If you guessed Los Angeles you are correct. Los Angeles has a metropolitan population of around eight million and no NFL teams. I could never figure that out when I lived there. Forget about Oakland California. Try going for a walk down San Leandro boulevard near the Oakland Raiders foot ball stadium. Not a good idea. You can walk around Ever bank field in Jacksonville just before a Jaguar game and make it to your seat in the stadium with no problems. No earth quakes in Florida and you just thought hurricanes. Jacksonville is tucked away in a spot where hurricanes very seldom hit. The last one to really hit Jacksonville and do some damage was Hurricane Dora back in the late 1960's. Home insurance is about the cheapest in the Jacksonville area but other places in Florida are quite high due to the increased hurricane threat in south Florida. You got the palm trees but no earth quakes. The school district you want to send your kids is either Clay county or St. John's county. Saint John's county ranked number one in the state of Florida as of the time of this posting in the year 2011. Poudre School district in Fort Collins Colorado was about the best in the nation and Saint John's is almost at the level of Poudre School district. If you like water activities well Florida is your destination. You can be at the beach in about thirty minutes and no Great White Sharks; so the kids can surf without getting devoured by a fifteen foot fish. There are some reported cases of shark bites but that is what they are, shark bites. The sharks are small reef sharks not much larger than six feet. The water is usually in the 80's during the summer and a little chilly during winter. California surf is cold no matter if it is summer or winter. The Saint Johns river is nice to go boating and never floods like the Ohio river in Louisville Kentucky. Yes, lived there too for a while(Louisville). If you like scuba diving there are charters that take you right out of Jacksonville off shore but you have to go out a bit for good clear water. However some of the world's best diving is just down I-95 off Key Largo in the Pennekamp marine sanctuary. So you can make a four day vacation out of that and be home. Just like most large American cities Jacksonville has its crime which is mostly contained in the north Jacksonville and north west perspective Jacksonville areas. Such as Brooklyn and Moncrieff boulevard usually where the gun shootings take place. These are inner city issues and like all inner cities there is going to be some shootings. Fort Collins Colorado (Ranked The Best City to live in the United States) has had its fair share of shootings just like the big city. Fort Collins Colorado has a population of around 150,000 and over 200,000 metro population. Jacksonville proper is over 800,000 and the entire metro area is around 1,700,000. How many times have you seen Jacksonville on the evening news? That's right, none. How many times do you see Oakland, Los Angeles, Washington and Baltimore in the news? So if you are a snow bird wanting to get away from the big apple? Jacksonville is for you. For all of the rest of the negative postings that you have seen? Read them carefully because most of them are natives. They have never lived anywhere else. And as far as the police are concerned? They are totally opposite of the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police. Jacksonville police are polite. California Highway Patrol will make you exit your vehicle so they can do a complete inspection for contraband (and they are not nice about it). Try crossing into California and avoiding one of those so called agricultural inspection stations? They stop all vehicles. They take a picture of your tags and ask you why you are coming into California. It is almost like crossing into another country. When I left California, I felt like I had returned back to the good ole USA. If you are one of those eclectic types, San Marco and Avondale in Jacksonville is a good neighborhood. If you are bringing in young children? Try looking at the greater Argyle community which is a suburb of Jacksonville partially in Duval and Clay counties. You are best ensuring you purchase a house on the Clay county side so you can have access to an excellent school district. Argyle is also made up of the Oak Leaf Plantation and Eagle Landing. Then you have Doctors inlet in the Orange Park area and Eagle Harbor. Excellent communities. Look at Julington Creek plantation near the Switzerland and fruit cove areas of Jacksonville. Then there is the World Golf village and Nocotee communities of Jacksonville and the Saint Augustine area. Pontevedre is a top notch community as well. Jacksonville beach is a great community if you want to live right on the beach with nice folks who love the ocean. Comparable to some locations in Southern California. The weather is Mediterranean in the winter and tropical humid in the summer. The rest of the south east is very humid in the summer from Houston Texas all the way through Louisville Kentucky on over to Virginia and the Carolinas. So if you want Mediterranean weather year round then you better choose the California coastal areas from San Francisco down to San Diego (if you can muster the cash). So if you want a house with a palm tree in the front yard and affordable housing then Jacksonville is the place. Palm trees don't grow at all in Fort Collins Colorado. I already tried. As far as all the military bashing going on with the negative posts? The military is the largest employer in Jacksonville contributing over 3.2 billion dollars per year to the Jacksonville area! The military folks are polite and between the two bases in Jacksonville which are all Navy the civilian navy employees outnumber the uniformed sailors two to one. I have rarely seen any issues with Sailors having problems with the local population and Sailors don't have the gung ho mentality that was mentioned in previous posts. Let's look at San Diego California. Big Marine Corps and Navy Base there. What about Louisville Kentucky which has Fort Knox Army base nearby. Look at Quantico Virginia and the DC area? Then there was reference to a certain type of class of people regarded as "rednecks." The southern folk are pretty much the same from Jacksonville all the way up through Nashville Tennessee. When you really look at that demo graph of people they pretty much encompass the entire south east United States. I have had no problem with them and I don't regard the people down in Jacksonville this way. I have dad two major surgeries in Jacksonville one being an intestinal hernia and an appendectomy. Both were done in Jacksonville in the Orange Park Medical center. This has been over two years ago and there are no lost instruments in me and all of my body parts are intact. Jacksonville has some top notch hospitals and we have a Mayo clinic as well. Jacksonville is very tame. No problems here. I hope I have been of some much help here. Miami is nice if you can afford the high hurricane and property insurance. If you want the Los Angeles night life without the Los Angeles prices? Buy a house in Jacksonville and take a weekend drive down to Miami. Miami has all the night life comparable to Los Angeles. After you have partied you will be glad you live in Jacksonville. Do your home work and compare property taxes to other states. Look at income tax. Look at the school district. Jacksonville area has some of the best; mainly the Saint John's area. No snow. That is the best thing. I like snow and yes I have done some excellent snow skiing in Breckinridge Colorado, Arapaho Basin, Copper Mountain, Telluride, Winter Park Colorado, and of course Aspin Colorado. But you spend a fortune on lift tickets and lodging and if you can survive the drive on Interstate 70 on a snow pack highway. I'd rather have the mild climate and clear roads. Thank you for your time and consider Jacksonville Florida, America's First Coast.

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Jacksonville, FL

I Love Jacksonville - 7/14/2011

I see many negative comments and opinions about Jax. I have been here for 17yrs after living in many different major cities like LA, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Raleigh and Ft. Lauderdale to name a few. I love my neighborhood, I live in a quaint historic distric and enjoy the achitecture and beautiful landscape. My neighbors are great and the people in general are friendly. The beach is close, there are several museums and points of interest in the region. Sure, it has it's bad side of town and bad elements, justike any other city. My sense is what you make it. My family followed me to North Florida years ago and all are happy with their quality of life and careers. The education system nees some work, but my kids had great experiences in the public school system and have moved on to college with success. Don't just take the word of naysayers. As an example, I hated Raleigh, NC. It was all based on a horrible work experience during that time. My wifed loved Raleigh, but then again she was stay at home and enjoyed the city's outstanding offerings. Jax has much to offer from professional sports to reasonable cost of living. The St. Johns river, the Beach, St. AAugustine is a 45 min. drive, excellent colleges and college sports in the area, major Check it oout for yourself, don't take a strangers word for it.

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