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Overview
Population:1,349,130
Pop. Change:20%
State: Florida
Metro Area:Jacksonville Metro Area
County:Duval, St. Johns, ... 5 total
City:Jacksonville, Lakeside, ... 36 total
Zip Code:32244, 32210, ... 60 total
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Jacksonville's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Jacksonville Metro Area

Profile: Large city

Location: Extreme northern Atlantic coast of Florida, 20 miles inland along the St. Johns River

Elevation: 31

Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

PROCON
Attractive downtownCrime rates
EconomyGrowth and sprawl
Arts and cultureLong commutes

Jacksonville is a large commercial and financial center with the most “northern” feel among large cities in Florida. Modern skyscrapers line a well-defined downtown and waterfront area, and the city spreads in all directions and especially south and west from there.. It is ultimately a mix of Northern, Southern, and Florida cities, prosperous and water-loving and culturally conscious but not too much tourism. The economy is diverse, with an assortment of banking and financial institutions, a bustling port, and large corporates like BellSouth and CSX. Sprawling and some fairly unattractive residential areas surround downtown, and the population has relatively low educational attainment. The best suburbs lie south towards Orange Park and east towards the coast. There is plenty to do in town and nearby along the coast 20 miles east, including the world-class beaches, golf courses, and resort areas of Amelia Island to the northeast and the historic area of St. Augustine to the southeast. Although healthcare statistics are low in general, they are enhanced by the presence of a Mayo Clinic. Home prices have escalated rapidly, as they have in most of Florida, but remain reasonable on a state and national scale. Although costs have escalated and the area does score poorly in some categories, we think the “whole” is better than the score indicates.

The terrain surrounding Jacksonville is level. The climate is coastal and subtropical. Easterly winds blowing 40% of the time produce a maritime influence modifying summer heat and winter cold. Summers are long, warm, and relatively humid. Winters, although punctuated with periodic invasions of cool to occasionally cold air from the north, are mild. Because of varying distances to the ocean, climatic features across the city differ. Inland summer temperatures frequently exceed 90[dg]F while remaining in the 80s at the beach. Summer thunderstorms are common, occurring 1 day in 2. The area is vulnerable to hurricanes, but is far enough north so that most of them lose strength before reaching the area.

Interesting Facts about the Jacksonville, Florida Metro Area

As of 2014, Jacksonville Metro Area's population is 1,349,130 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 20.35 percent.

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The median home cost in Jacksonville Metro Area is $139,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 11.50 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Jacksonville Metro Area's cost of living is 4.50% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Jacksonville Metro Area public schools spend $9,721 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17 students per teacher in Jacksonville Metro Area.

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The unemployment rate in Jacksonville Metro Area is 5.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Jacksonville Metro Area jobs have Increased by 4.29 percent.


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Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Jacksonville Metro Area's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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