Moving to Jacksonville (FL)

With more than 880,000 residents, Jacksonville is the most heavily populated city in Florida. Located in Duval County at the northeastern tip of the state, the city has an extremely level landscape. The average elevation level is 16 feet and the highest point in town stands at a modest 40 feet.
Rich in history, Jacksonville was named after Andrew Jackson who served as the seventh U.S president and the original military governor of Florida.
Jacksonville residents enjoy a downtown area that provides easy accessibility and interesting, diverse architecture. You can walk, drive, or choose one of the many public transportation options, which include trolley and bus service, and a Skyway train rail. Notable architecture spans a range of styles including Art Deco, Colonial Revival, and Gothic.
The downtown area provides many nightlife and entertainment options and is a popular spot for young professionals to gather. In 2016, the city was named a popular spot for entrepreneurial startups, especially among women.
The city also boasts a history with film and music. Jacksonville was the 1955 filming site for the sequel to The Creature from the Black Lagoon and the city’s annual Blues festival, held every April, is one of the biggest and longest running festivals in the nation.
With its warm weather, abundance of natural beauty, and affordable housing options, Jacksonville is an excellent city for relocation. The city has plenty to offer for residents of all ages.
If you’re moving to Jacksonville, you may want to hire professional movers. Premium moving services will make your move easy by helping you plan every detail. Research your local moving companies and read customer reviews to find the best movers in your area. Collect your moving boxes early to be sure you have plenty of time to pack, and consider making a moving checklist to keep all the details organized.

Jobs & Local Economy

The unemployment rate in Jacksonville is 3.4%, which is significantly lower than the national average of 4.2% (September 2017).
The largest metro area by land mass, Jacksonville’s strategic location to the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean make it a hotspot for U.S. auto imports. Other major economic industries include manufacturing, biomedical technologies, insurance, and financial services.
Average commute times are around 26 minutes, which is close to national average but a good figure for a city of this size.
The cost of living in Jacksonville is slightly below the national average. However, modest housing costs are the prime factor for this difference. While the city continues to grow, real estate prices remain very reasonable, especially when compared to other major metro areas.


Moving to Jacksonville also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:

Little Talbot Island State Park

Located just north of Jacksonville, this scenic island getaway provides a quiet retreat from city living. With more than 2,500 acres to roam, the park features a variety of terrains and wildlife. Visitors can often catch a glimpse of bobcats or river otters in their natural habitat. In addition to nature watching, guests are permitted to canoe, fish, hike, surf, or swim.

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

Since 1988, Timucuan has served as a refuge for local wetlands and other vital ecosystems. Named after the Timucuan Indian tribe, the preserve stretches for 46,000 acres and is one of the few remaining pristine coastal wetlands located along the Atlantic. Both the Kingsley Plantation and the Fort Caroline National Memorial are located on the preserve property. Guests can walk along the American Beach where the preserve’s popular 8.5-acre sand dune is located.

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

One of the top art museums in the state, Cummer is home to an expansive collection of over 6,000 pieces. The diverse art collection spans from 2100 B.C. to modern times. Guests can observe the unique exhibit of both American and European paintings. Those who study Early Meissen Porcelain will appreciate the renowned Wark Collection exhibit. Outside the museum, you’ll find an expertly designed 2.5-acre landscape that has an early 20th century horticulture style. Complete with historical fountains and ornate sculptures, the garden provides a relaxing glimpse into the past.

City stats & Taxes


Total Population


Average Houshold Income


Median Home Sales Price

Educational level

Bachelors Degree or higher

Some college or Associates Degree

High School or GED

Less than High School

No Schooling

Sales Tax

State of Florida

Duval County



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