Is Jacksonville a good place to live for a long term?

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Adana

Cut Bank, MT

#1 May 30, 2006
Hi,

I'm from San Diego, Ca and a company in Jacksonville, Fl offered me a job but I'm not sure what to do. I always wanted to move to a different State but don't know where. And now, Jacksonville offer me a job but I'm not sure if I will like it. I don't know much about it and I haven't been in there.

I'm just wondering if somebody can tell me something about Jacksonville...

Thank you and I appreciate it.
Adana
Adana

Cut Bank, MT

#4 May 31, 2006
Okay... so what part of Jacksonville is a good negihborhood to live?
Walter

Jacksonville, FL

#6 Jul 8, 2006
Jacksonville is a good place as any.
I am giving you some sites to check out
www.jaxconnect.com they have a large list of links to Jacksonville Businesses and Servcices

www.coj.net the City of Jacksonville website

www.firstcoastnews.com Tv news site
www.wjxt.com tv news site
OOO

Akron, OH

#7 Jul 13, 2006
Hello Adana,
Moving from N.Y. to Jax was like a culture shock for me. It might be the same for you coming from San Diego. Much slower pace than any other place I had ever lived. I will say one thing do not move into or buy a Condo. Glorified apartments and mangement is usually to political for any kind of piece. I stayed in Jax for approximately 18 yrs and found I needed to remove myself from the redneck mentality. They say you get use to it but I never did.
Good Luck,
Craigicus

Jacksonville, FL

#8 Jul 14, 2006
Adam

Martinez, CA

#9 Jul 31, 2006
I lived there for about 2 years. Coming from the northeast it was a shock. It's got some great things going for it like Ponte Vedra, San Marco, lots of beach and there is always something new being built. It is a huge sprwaled out city just south of southern Georgia. For some reason South Georgia gets a bad rap and people would joke that Jacksonville was really part of southern GA. A good neighborhood to live in would be the Gate Parkway area and some parts of Southside.

Hope that helps
Isaac

Atlanta, GA

#10 Jul 31, 2006
I've lived here for abour 15 years. Jacksonville is a nice city. It's up to you to choose which part of town is 'Good' to live at or not. Jacksonville is a growing and a diverse place.

“the doctor is in the house”

Since: May 08

jacksonville florida

#11 Dec 10, 2008
wow! just think! 2-1/2 years ago people loved this place! i wonder what these same people think now?
Shawn

Miamisburg, OH

#12 Apr 1, 2010
Whats the best area to live in jacksonville??
Bottled Water

Jacksonville, FL

#13 Apr 1, 2010
Shawn wrote:
Whats the best area to live in jacksonville??
from what i hear, springfield. land of the thugs, prostitutes, pimps, drive-by shootings and cop shootings. they did make in southern living, btw. nobody else did. enough said. i plan on packing up my kids and moving there. just as soon as we can get the he@@ outta queens harbor. that beach area is overrated.
Truthful

Tampa, FL

#14 Apr 1, 2010
Adana wrote:
Hi,
I'm from San Diego, Ca and a company in Jacksonville, Fl offered me a job but I'm not sure what to do. I always wanted to move to a different State but don't know where. And now, Jacksonville offer me a job but I'm not sure if I will like it. I don't know much about it and I haven't been in there.
I'm just wondering if somebody can tell me something about Jacksonville...
Thank you and I appreciate it.
Adana
Jacksonville is not a good place to live long term or short term....Jacksonville is not even a good place to visit.
James

Portsmouth, NH

#15 Apr 11, 2010
Truthful wrote:
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Jacksonville is not a good place to live long term or short term....Jacksonville is not even a good place to visit.
I have to agree. I lived there for a few years in the early/mid 2000's and although I lived in a good area(Gate Parkway)I just never felt safe in JAX in general. At that time, gangs following people home and into their driveways and then robbing them once inside their garage was a big to do when I lived there. Not sure if that is still happening or not.
ICEE

Fort Worth, TX

#16 Jul 31, 2010
Some parts of St. John is alright. Louis Vuitton store nearby...luxury shopping areas usually saves the day bc of the cost of living in the area. Goodluck.
noshellswill

Saint Augustine, FL

#17 Jul 31, 2010
Adana wrote:
Hi,
I'm from San Diego, Ca and a company in Jacksonville, Fl offered me a job but I'm not sure what to do. I always wanted to move to a different State but don't know where. And now, Jacksonville offer me a job but I'm not sure if I will like it. I don't know much about it and I haven't been in there.
I'm just wondering if somebody can tell me something about Jacksonville...
Thank you and I appreciate it.
Adana
JAX & San-Diego ... not even on the same EARTH ! If I really needed the job then sure, I bite the leather strap! But, ol' Greeks said it best:

'... better a dog in the land of the Living, than King of the underworld..'
Ryan

Orange Park, FL

#18 Aug 7, 2010
I prefered when I lived in New Jersey. Jacksonville is my least favorite place I've lived and I've lived in Jacksonville since I was 10(I'm 17). Too many gangs and thugs. It is just not a nice place. Clay County is alright but Duval is terrible.
Austin

Montgomery, AL

#19 Aug 9, 2010
Jacksonville is a great place to live. It is only ghetto toward downtown, but the further south you go the better it gets. People don't follow you to your driveway and rob you, give me a break. I thought I wanted to leave Jacksonville, and I found a job in the midwest. I never knew how good I had it until I left. Trying to find a way back as we speak. Great place to raise a family, and has everything you need and more...St John's Town Center has turned into the focal point of Jacksonville besides the beach.
ELVSCJ

Orange Park, FL

#20 Aug 9, 2010
Austin wrote:
Jacksonville is a great place to live. It is only ghetto toward downtown, but the further south you go the better it gets. People don't follow you to your driveway and rob you, give me a break. I thought I wanted to leave Jacksonville, and I found a job in the midwest. I never knew how good I had it until I left. Trying to find a way back as we speak. Great place to raise a family, and has everything you need and more...St John's Town Center has turned into the focal point of Jacksonville besides the beach.
Yes, because of economy, depending on which are of Jacksonville you live in, they do case your home, follow and watch where you live and either follow you into the garage or knock on the front door to distract you - I have been here 30 years - it has gotten better in some regards (St. Johns area and some Ponte Vedra/Roscoe) and Mandarin, South but the ignorance is bred through generations and the traffic rivals Miami and Atlanta.

People are the sweet gentile people of the South anymore. Too many gangs, crime - and death every day. Even in Margaret's Walk and Orange Park area, there are crimes all the time. Clay used to be a safer place to live -
GAPT1234

Jacksonville, FL

#21 Aug 11, 2010
I just moved to Jacksonville from the Atlanta area. The traffic in Jacksonville is nothing compared to Atlanta. Anyone who says it is has never driven in Atlanta. Jacksonville does seem to have a good bit of crime, and I don't feel as safe here as I did in Georgia. I live in a nice area, but I still feel almost as vulnerable here as if I lived in downtown Atlanta. Overall though I would say Jacksonville is on par with other cities of this size when it comes to crime.
Mark

Brunswick, GA

#22 Sep 16, 2010
GAPT1234 wrote:
I just moved to Jacksonville from the Atlanta area. The traffic in Jacksonville is nothing compared to Atlanta. Anyone who says it is has never driven in Atlanta. Jacksonville does seem to have a good bit of crime, and I don't feel as safe here as I did in Georgia. I live in a nice area, but I still feel almost as vulnerable here as if I lived in downtown Atlanta. Overall though I would say Jacksonville is on par with other cities of this size when it comes to crime.
I moved here to the St. Simons/Jekyll Island from Atlanta a few months ago. Have been considering a move in a year or two to Jacksonville, especially for the tax benefits. Before reading this blog I have heard too many negatives about Jacksonville so I assume there must be some truth to it. Unless I hear theres been great improvement there, I suppose I will stay parked in Georgia.
Andy

Jacksonville, FL

#23 Oct 31, 2010
I have lived in Jacksonville for several years and I do not like it at all. There are some nice areas around, for instance the southside, San Marco and Riverside Arts districts are fairly pleasant. Otherwise, the gangs, crime, traffic and confusing layout of the city roads will make you want to leave as soon as you get here. The entire city always seems to have this lingering bad garbage smell, and Jacksonville must have the worst drivers of any city I've ever seen.
Jacksonville Beach is particularly known for having many bad accidents every day. There is always construction everywhere and poor road conditions are in abundance. Don't waste your time here, it is not representative of the Florida that you see on TV or in magazines.

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