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great quality of life - 8/12/2008
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Jeffrey
Jacksonville, FL

family friendly city with decent entertainment, good weather, and beaches -- at an affordable cost of living

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BAS
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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VALERIE
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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Mike
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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Mary

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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raj
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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Karen
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 ANYBODY...do 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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Karen
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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John
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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Lisa
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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Kara
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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Pearl
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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Darletta
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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Gwen
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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jon

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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Joshua
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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Richard
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...it 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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Bp
Ponte Vedra, FL

Jax is a messed up - 4/15/2011

So your thinking of moving to jax? whats wrong with you? This place has the worst of all walks of life fighting for supremacy and not a single group winning (Thankfully). I think we've had 5 police shootings this year and its only april? There seems to be a gun fight in the news at least every other night in one part of town or another. 1st, you have the rich old people that huddle together like penguins for warmth when the temps drop below 75 degrees. They are typically found huddled near the beaches or clogging up highway 9A / I-95 doing 20 under the speed limit in the left lane. 2nd, you have the rich people that think the entire city should be kissing their butts just for the privilege of having them grace our lives with their existence. Typically seen near the malls driving Mercedes like they own the roads. 3rd, you have the soccer moms and corporate sponge dads who are merely concerned with their own existence. Typically they are seen further inland huddled in poorly planned cookie cutter communities scared shitless of the surrounding world. 4th, you have the transplants... I'm not even sure where to start with these. They whine and cry that Jacksonville isn't cultured and in essence isn't NYC (Thank god for that!). They spend all their time crying about how much better NYC and their region was compared to down here, yet they never leave. I have a theory that they were the retards that the rest of the locust kicked out of the northeast and their only option was to move down here. Probably the most annoying group, but only barely. 5th, you have the gung ho military folks. You'd think you could deal with them, and typically you can, but every once in a while you run across one that craps the star spangled banner and can't see why anyone wouldn't want to spend their life doing what they are. They really think that they are going off to war to die for us all and as such we should be kissing their feet for their Martyrdom. Before you people reading this raise hell, this group includes such risky MOS's as cooks, supply clerks, admins, and mechanics. 6th, rednecks. I see plenty of them and once in a while a rebel flag around town. They really don't bother me that much, but get annoying when talking to for very long. They believe Fox news is a legitimate news organization and actually believe the crap glenn beck spews out to be real. Thinking isn't typically their strong suit. 7th, you have everyone else. I'm getting out as soon as possible personally and hopefully never coming back. I think this city is beyond saving.

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Bill
St. Augustine, FL

Left Jacksonville and not looking back - 4/14/2011

If you have a family, Jacksonville is not for you. The school system sucks. You will not live in Duval County and send your kids to public school. There is a charter school Paxon that is nationally ranked but it is very hard for kids to get accepted. There are some private school options that are religious based that may be another optiuon if you live in Duval County. St. Augustine and Clay are neighboring counties to Duval that have the top public school systems in the state if you want your kids to get a good education. I lived in Jacksonville for three years and I can honestly say that I did not enjoy my time there. I was living in the Midwest (MN) at the time so I thought that it would be nice to live in an area that does not have any winters. When I got down there, I realized that I made a huge mistake. Jacksonville is a very violent city. While I wasn't a victim of a crime while I was there, news reprts of shooting occured daily. The police force is extremely aggressive and will shoot first and ask questions later. Being black,college educated and from the north, I was NOT well received by both southern Blacks and Whites. The company that I worked for was a division of a Fortune 500 company. I assumed that people at work would have a more progressive way of thinking. I was completely wrong. The people at the company were unhappy, mean, and backstabbing. My manager had the audacity to say to me one time in a 1:1 how it's rare that someone like you to have a college degree. WTF?. Anyway, I was making too much money for the area so the company laid me off in March 2010. I wasn't able to find a job until May 2010. My new job paid me almost 35K less than the previous job. Luckily in January of this year I found a job in MN that made me whole. I have left and never looked back. I am glad to be out of that city and I wouldn't consider moving back. Jacksonville is great in terms of no snow but that is about it.

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Bp
Jacksonville, FL

Small town nowhere, nothing--to be avoided at ALL - 4/6/2011

If you're straight, from an area where some progressive values exist and just want a safe, clean, modern, entertaining area to raise a family...and you landed here in Jacksonville? You better get down on your knees and find out why God HATES you! Jax is exactly the opposite of anything good, bright, healthy and progressive. Downtown is super-nasty. The city does stupid things such as build a multi-million dollar library so street urchins can pan handle and harrass what few people tranverse. Then they build a multi-million dollar courthouse, with the Mayor's cronies, out of town contractors, to try and convict some of the street scum. All-in-all, Jacksonville, the physical city, could be San Antonio, Portland, Orlando or Bolder. It's THE PEOPLE--the ignorant, REDNECK, low-ambition, Confederacy-lovin', KKK-minded social retards which ruin Jacksonville. There is NO chance for Jacksonville to ever exceed its hundred year old inbred culture. It is the perfect example of an all red city. If you're gay and live in Jax, you either have the old slave to master mentality, have been psychologically damaged by family and church, convinced if you move you'll "go to hell" or you just aren't paying attention! The current soon Mayor Elect OPENLY advocates bombing abortion clinics and forcing gays to register. The wages in Jax are exceedingly low, even compared to most cities in Georgia! Now that is sad!! It's a matter of statistical facts. You might want to argue with me about "my opinion" but do yourself the favor and LOOK at the statistical facts: last in education, second to last in wages, most angry city in Florida, most unhappy city in Florida...and Florida ain't all that! So, you're getting the worst of the worst and only 40 miles from Palatka, the nation's capital city for incest! Run...

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Jason
Hollywood, FL

Economy is bad here - 3/8/2011

Driving from South Florida, I took a vacation up to Jacksonville for a week and based on my visit to Jaks this is my opinion about the city. First, I noticed that the city is quiet and the economy is poor. According to this website it is at over 10% unemployment rate, but I think it is more like 20%. In addition, the city is so space out that you have to drive pretty far just trying to get somewhere. The population density level is only 1,113 per square mile which is very low. A city this size should be above 3,000. Since Jaks is so close to Georgia state line, many people work in Georgia but lives in the Jaks area trying to avoid the Georgia's state income which is at 6%. Maybe that is why the unemployment is so high in Jaks? The city is lacking entertainment like events, bars, nightclubs, and etc. I have been to downtown Jaks. There is really nothing interesting to do here. Downtown area wasn't that big. Then I went to Jaks beach one day and there is only a few little bars there. There is no nightclubs here. I guess I got spoil living in Miami for a long time. Down here we have a lot more entertainment and the economy is more alive. Now, Jaks is a very good city if you want to start an industry business since the cost of living index is low. The cost of having an industry is very low and plenty of land to decide where you want it. However, it will not be a good city for the commercial sector since the population density is very low. Better go down south like Orlando, Daytona Beach, or South Florida area. I have noticed the culture here is more low class here. Down in South Florida, it is more classy and multi culture; however, the cost of living is much higher down here too. If anybody is looking for a low cost of living city like Jaks but has a great economy, I would have them check out Austin or San Antonio, Texas. I have been there before and I love it, the economy, the culture, and the nightlife. Now I know why Texas is number 1 for business and economy. Awesome.

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