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Don't do it - 3/10/2022
A huge portion of Jax is a high-crime, unkempt, litter of concrete blocks that has systematically excluded newcomers to the area (look at JSO data). I would never willingly move here again without a substantial career motivation (i.e., a promotion large enough that I could live in the few nice parts of Jax in communities of new people). Read More

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Northside Roulette - 3/10/2022
The area near the Budweiser factory on the northside is absolutely awful. Jacksonville has some rough areas, but the people who live here are particularly...particular. If you haven't been here for 30+ years, you are dirt to the majority of neighbors, and they will make it their mission to harass you into leaving. The strip club really sets the mood for the whole area. If deciding to move here, I would only look into the newer areas and avoid old, insular neighborhoods that will cause more trouble than they're Read More

Best city I have ever lived. - 12/22/2021
I have lived in Jacksonville for more than 5 years. Now I am leaving for Northeast for my job but I really loved my time here. It was wonderful. As a part time Uber driver, I have discovered and driven through entire city and that really helped me to understand different parts of city.

To start off, Jacksonville is big and it says it has high crime but it really doesn't feel like it. It's crime is entirely concentrated in the Westside and Northside. Honestly, I have been there many times as a Uber driver but it seems fine. Just run down and dilapidated. But I would not live there, knowing that there are crimes in that area and there is nothing to do there anyways. All the big shopping mall, costco, Sams Club, restaurants are located in South of the St. John's River. Arlington is okay if you want to save some money but really good place to live starts from Southside.

Now best of the city is located in Southside, beach & Suburbs. I have not seen or heard any Read More

Moving to jax? Here is what you need to know - 9/9/2021
I have lived here for 5 years and Jacksonville keeps getting better and better. After living in multiple areas in Jax I have figured it out. Like most large cities there are good areas and bad areas. Jax is a huge massive city land wise. I would say 40% of Jax is low income high, crime, and neglected "Bad" areas. These are near downtown on the Westside, Downtown on the eastside north of stadium, alot of east arlington, near St Nicholas... These areas are lower income or economically disadvantaged. Generally speaking the majority of the entire west side of jacksonville is lower income or lower middle class. Where is the best places to live then? If your family is making near or over 6 figures you would enjoy buying in a middle to upper middle class area you should consider Bartram, Communities in St Johns County, Mandarin, The Beaches Jax Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte vedra Beach, Generally anything East of 295 beltway toward the beach.
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I heard it was bad, I had no idea what bad was - 7/24/2021
Just horrible, sure it starts off hopeful, then you see the darkness! Unless you know people, unless you're financially successful, not a place for single parents, judgemental, shallow, assuming, lots of poverty, homelessness, they'll divide you up, rich and conservative, poor and.... they just do NOT care!!!! No "southern hospitality" anywhere, everyone seems to live in fear, no one talks to each other, unfriendly, shady, people ALL over! If you want Florida, head south! Read More

Come here if you want to die inside - 1/1/2021
Jacksonville elite seem to like killing the things that make it interesting. From city council, influential investors, to the mayor, Jacksonville just seems to lack the vision and momentum to keep the good people around and the great projects going. So many projects have failed because, among many factors, of a lack of "mojo" - as one mustachioed influencer said of his fellow deep-pocketed people.

If it wasn't for the Avondale-Riverside area, this place would not be worth living in. Yes, you get decent weather for 6 months and a cheaper cost of living, but 90% of the city looks like Anywhere USA. Gas stations, fast food, and chain stores litter the majority of the city. Couple that with a depressing lack of culture, sloppy academics, and a continual grasping for "finding our city's DNA" and you have Jacksonville. The largest city with the smallest mind.
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RUN AWAY - 10/14/2019
WARNING!!! Parents of children that are black and brown please be advised your child will be treated, disciplined and introduced to an prejudice society with this school. Staff presents themselves as Christian based but are very vindictive if you disagree with their outlook. Staff views passionate parents as renegades for having opinions. Staff will take every opportunity to weaponize innocent child fun. Staff is reluctant to pursue alternative practices and will only blame your child. Staff discourages any parent involvement with teachers. Overall I would say this is a poor school because of the structure. No leadership and staff is weak from top to bottom. I wouldn’t recommend ANY parents Read More

Jacksonville is better than most cities it’s size - 7/15/2019
I was raised in Jacksonville. Lived there from 1980-1991. In the area, Clay County, from 1991-1997. Family and friends still lives there, I visit regularly. I plan to retire there. Of course smaller communities surrounding Jacksonville has better schools, housing, and crime rates cause they are smaller. The fact is and it may offend some but those surrounding communities are run almost entirely by republicans. Jacksonville may be considered “republican” but it’s in the middle. Republicans in the surrounding communities seem to be more pro business growth, proactive in law enforcement, low taxes, more funding for schools, more fire and ambulance protection, better park maintenance and park expansion, quality of the community, Read More

Think twice, it may not be the place for you - 2/2/2019
After living in Jax for over 20 years, I am heading north for retirement. This is mostly a personal decision. However, there are local factors which led me to this decision. Summer heat - lasts from mid-May to mid-Oct. I'm talking about the 90+ temp and high humidity with no relief at night. Hurricanes - there have been two medium ones that hit over the past three years and the geography is not conducive to quick recovery. Think flooding. God help the city if a Cat 4 or 5 were to hit with any type of storm surge. Lack of small, affordable housing for seniors - if you want to downsize in a nice neighborhood for reasonable cost - forget about it. Many of the other issues voiced by other reviewers are also true, so I won't repeat them here. My other big complaint is that the local and state government have their heads in the sand when it comes to environmental issues. This state is facing a major catastrophe with respect to climate change. Tallahassee is leaving it up to the Read More

Be my guest. - 1/9/2019
Been here 15 years. It’s like night and day from when I moved here to now. It was a midsize city with average crime for the size of the city, pretty great commute times, and a good place to raise a family. Now... horrific crime rivaling Detroit even in the high end areas, hub for illegals, failing school system, low paying jobs for young adults (definitely not a place to start a career),roadways were built for a much lower population (although they are expanding the roads the completion date is years away), and long commutes. This is a horrible loss as Jax previously had a completely different atmosphere. If you want to see the local news just look up actionnewsjax of news4jax on twitter, facebook or their websites. JSO (the sheriffs office) also has a facebook. It will seem like a dream if you come from a place that has more expensive housing but Jax has become a dead end for increasing your income. The city isn’t robust in that regard. We all have degrees so if you come down here Read More
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