Is Jacksonville a good place to live ...
Tomas

Jacksonville, FL

#212 Jul 21, 2013
Mark wrote:
<quoted text> No this is a disgusting place I can't wait to leave and never return not even for a visit. Full of crime and corruption. They like to arrest little kids instead of going after the real criminals. They are backwards here. They favor child molester too. It's like they get a thrill out of hurting children here.
Your place is in St.Augustine pal..maybe in retire house for old farts..
Anyway..Jax is great at Southside. Town Center is Awsome! Crime level - 20th in a country with a population of 500 000 and more..Dont go to North...Too spreaded, but traffic not bad.
Smart Ames Man

Des Moines, IA

#213 Jul 21, 2013
Crime isn't so bad outside of the black and poor neighborhoods. In comparision to the rest of the state it's about the same. Just carry a loaded gun and you'll be fine. Try Ponte Vedra or maybe even Clearwater (near Tampa).
Vespa Sil

Canton, MI

#214 Sep 1, 2013
Considering moving to suburbs of Jacksonville. Live in Detroit now. Can't be as bad a Detroit! Any sugesstions for a smallertown outside JAX were I can move my family (wife and 2 boys 11/14)?
Kasta

Jacksonville, FL

#215 Sep 8, 2013
Vespa Sil wrote:
Considering moving to suburbs of Jacksonville. Live in Detroit now. Can't be as bad a Detroit! Any sugesstions for a smallertown outside JAX were I can move my family (wife and 2 boys 11/14)?
Outside of JAX with two kids? St.Augustine ONLY..Not much crime, historic area is wonderful. Very good place for family life..Since I dont have a kids yet (32y.o.) it is too slow in there for me...but for You guys, after Detroit, I think its time to chill out in St.Augustine!
HI SAMANTHA

Mechanicsburg, PA

#216 Sep 8, 2013
I'd love to hear how things are going for you! We are also retiring out of the USMC soon, with a 10 and 6 year old. Jacksonville looks lovely to us. Really interested in talking with other military people :)

Shelly
Samantha wrote:
Thanks to all who are making realistic comments on this city. Cities all have crime end of conversation. Warm locations always have homeless. We've been around the world seen it all.... Now where should we live in Jacksonville long term? We're about to retire from the AF we have three kids 11,8,6. We're 39 and 45 and ready to stay in one place. I'm a teacher my husband may work at the base. He's fine with a 30 min commute. We lived in D.C we know traffic. Town names and school name greatly appreciated.
quest

Jacksonville, FL

#217 Oct 28, 2013
Common thread for pro-Jacksonville posts seems to be from those in the military or with Government jobs.

Do military members receive extra discounts/benefits in Jacksonville that ordinary citizens don't?

Mayport commissary? NAS Jax commissary? Housing assistance? Job-finding assistance? Health benefits and healthcare discounts?
Subjective Opinion

United States

#218 Dec 16, 2013
So... Is Jacksonville a good place to live?
My answer: No - not for long or short term.

Let me say this before I go into details: I really sincerely don't wish anyone to move to Jacksonville. Not even to my worse enemy. And I wish the best for people I will leave behind, but the thought that they are mentally stuck just breaks my heart in so many ways since there are good people here.
You live once, and once only - do not subject yourself or children to settle in Jacksonville because people don't live here, they just exist.

Let me explain why, and I will try to list the positives too.
Me: Educated mid-20's who came to Jax for a job in 2012 - moving out after living here for 1 yr and a 1/2. Generally really happy and out going and never had problems moving to a new place. However, now that I came to Jacksonville that sort of changed. lol

What comes to mind when I hear "Jacksonville, FL"
-stagnant
-People are "settling" but not achieving in every aspect of their life
-Depressed
-Apathetic and lethargic
-PTSD, PTSD, and kids from PTSD families
-Lacking in intellectual capital

Pros -
If you have a spouse with no kids, this will be great. You can have your own lives together in a bubble without being affected by the outside world living near a beach with low cost. Just don't expect a lot of stimulation from the people around you.
People from here love it here. So if you are content, try not to travel out to see what's out there since that will be upsetting for you.
Very goal oriented in the physical sense (running marathons or playing sports) but not in a mental sense....(no book reading or stimulating discussions)

Cons-
I listed the terms above. It's just a really depressing city.:(
I feel sorry for these people because they really don't know what wonderful things they can find out there. The young adults will not strive for their best, but settle. And part of me wonders if they just gave up or if they just don't know how to go to the next level.
The people see the same friends they knew for years, and their conversations are all based on what happened in the past. Nothing new or exciting, or adventurous about the people I met here.
It's really stagnant - and as a "visitor" I feel really stagnant and stuck with the people from here. The only difference is, they don't know anything better so they are content. But that doesn't mean they are happy, they are just "content."
People don't' read books and are angry here. I never saw so many people with dark hidden anger issues that are unresolved.
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Lou Seal

Jacksonville, FL

#219 Dec 19, 2013
West side and north side are trashy, low-class. Not much culture, not much big-picture thinking. A lot of high school diplomas that just stayed here- no ambition.

There's a large river that divides the city. The wealthy fortunate live east of the river and don't have to commute it daily. The river makes it difficult to get from point a to point b.The infrastructure is terrible for commuting and the bus system is inadequate.In general its a bland, dirty city.

Downtown area is disgusting- panhandlers and hobos, people pushing around shopping carts full of garbage. There is a lot of pollution here. The city used to stink like wet cardboard.
beastmode

Jacksonville, FL

#220 Dec 25, 2013
SD2JAX2 wrote:
<quoted text>
I moved to Jacksonville from San Diego a few years ago. Please don't make the same mistake as I did. From what I have found, the only people that really like it here in Jacksonville are the ones that grew up here and don't know any better.
Here are the good things about Jacksonville...the beaches, a nice zoo, the st johns town center, it has a nice airport so you can get out of town, and well, that's about it.
Here are the bad things...the town is really spread out, this town is full of rednecks, the southern baptist church rules this town and keeps the city from progressing, this city hates gay people, they have black thugs everywhere in this town making the crime rate one of the highest in the country, they have a ruthless sheriffs department full of lazy cops, people are fat here and don't like to exercise, there is nothing attractive about this city, they have snake and gator invested retention pounds and trailer parks every where, the school system sucks, blacks walk around with their pants half down, people go to church in any strip mall that has a space available, the jacksonville landing is a dump, but everyone from jax thinks it's great, seriously, I could go on and on and on.
Good points. Lol...the Jacksonville Landing...so crappy.
Mariana

Seattle, WA

#221 Jan 22, 2014
Hi! I decided to leave Seattle WA to move to Jacksonville FL because of rain. I have two kids and I'm looking for a safe place and good schools. Which area is better to move for my family? Thanks!
USMCPolice

Orange Park, FL

#222 Jan 23, 2014
Mariana wrote:
Hi! I decided to leave Seattle WA to move to Jacksonville FL because of rain. I have two kids and I'm looking for a safe place and good schools. Which area is better to move for my family? Thanks!
To be honest, you are better off in the St. Johns County area which is south of Jacksonville since the school system is better there. There are a lot of safe spots in Jax like Ponte Vedra, Mandarin, parts of Southside, and especially the beaches/intracoastal area. BTW, it rains here a lot in the spring/summer as well, so I wouldn't make rain your only motivating factor for moving here. All I know is that the Duval county school system SUCKSSSS. The Clay County one is better, but its obviously not going to compare to the ones they have in the Northeast. Florida school systems in general are bad.
noshellswill

Jacksonville, FL

#223 Jan 23, 2014
Understand. Seattle winter rains, dark and gloom drove me nuts ... I lived there for a year and moved to Spokane. That's a town much smaller, but as backward as Jacksonville.

JAX does give you seven (7) excellent months of dry mild "winter" weather. Beachside state parks north and south of JAX are first-rate and empty all winter.

Culture ... slim pickings ... university, research, arts and suchlike have no public face in JAX. A few excellent public schools. Downtown & west/northside Bantu neighborhoods 3rd world. Stay away.
Mariana wrote:
Hi! I decided to leave Seattle WA to move to Jacksonville FL because of rain. I have two kids and I'm looking for a safe place and good schools. Which area is better to move for my family? Thanks!
USMCPolice

Orange Park, FL

#224 Jan 23, 2014
I'll give my honest opinion of Jax after reading this thread. Hopefully this will not fall on deaf ears.

I've lived here for over 20 years of my life. I've been in both the Clay County and Duval County school systems and can tell you that as far as schools go, Clay County is much better. The exception are the magnet schools such as Stanton, Paxon, and the private one called Bolles. Bolles is actually one of the top schools in the country I think, but is very expensive. The rest of the Duval County school systems are pretty bad and in run down areas. You really want your children going through those areas? I'm speaking primarily of the high schools mind you.

Well, after entering my mid 20s, I finally have come to realize why I have detested Jax so much over the last years and will be moving to South Florida. Basically, if you have goals or aspirations in life, Jax is not the place to fulfill them or even bridge that gap. I've been in the military and attended grad school for a masters degree, so I consider myself college educated. But that is not the norm here unless you are around the UNF area. Most young people are just drifting through life here, especially the country "southerners." They work dead end service industry jobs, bitch and moan, go to community college, but will never accomplish much more. Jax is a place you either long to get out of as a young adult or come to retire and die at as an old, successful individual on retirement. If you don't get out while you're young, chances are you'll be stuck here in a dead end job with no mobility.

Job wise, logistics, the military, nursing, and law enforcement are the only really good, steady paying jobs. This isn't New York or DC. To get a gov job, you usually have to know someone. Big Business? What big business lol? Its gonna be a struggle for a young professional to get started off here with the competition and few available jobs. Those in high paying jobs usually transfer here with their company

For crime, you are pretty safe if you avoid the Northside, Westside, and areas of Southside. Downtown is actually pretty safe, but it has a high homeless population. Not much going on after dark, so no reason to go downtown except the occasional festival. The Northside and Westside though, you'll find the most racist and messed up human beings alive: black and white. Crime in these areas is actually on par with Miami-Dade county, and Miami-Dade County has MANY more people per square mile than Jax does. Think about that...

As for downtown Jax, its a pretty backwards ass little big city. I've really seen no changes in downtown after being here for over 20 years. Its a back and forth struggle. New buildings, restaurants, and bars will open but then close years later. Is the church to blame or lack of revenue? Why build condos downtown when there is nothing to do? After travelling to Savannah,GA for years on business, Jax doesn't compare to its historic downtown in the least. Savannah has a thriving bar/club, entertainment, and restaurant scene while downtown Jax has maybe 2-3 good SAFE clubs that will open and close just as quick. You need all that stuff for a city to grow and sustain itself. Jax Beach is really where you want to be for the bar scene if you're into it, but its pretty collegy and not very "sophisticated." Bars also close around 1:30-2:00am too.

Places like Sawgrass/Ponte Vedra are awesome places to retire to if you're already accomplished in life, but they aren't really Jax. If you're motivated, sophisticated, have goals, want diversity, and want to move up, South Florida is really where you want to be. It isn't easier to live in then Jax, but its the best Florida has to offer jobs wise if you're educated. That's what happens when you live in a state based on tourism and the service industry.

If you do choose Jax, choose Jax Beach or Neptune beach. Nice little beach towns with some sense of "personality." Can't go wrong along the FL coast anywhere really.
USMCPolice

Orange Park, FL

#225 Jan 23, 2014
The winters are actually pretty cold here for Florida. I would choose Seattle just for the opportunity there over Jacksonville, but I've never been to Seattle so can't really comment much besides what I've heard.
Yebs 21

United States

#227 Feb 6, 2014
The Super Bowl in Jacksonville was underwhelming and unmemorable. Players, media, fans quickly left the area when it was over.

Disappointing and dreary.
Ojo

Leeds, UK

#228 Feb 25, 2014
Am moving to Jacksonville (outskirts) in May/June. Have only visited once, for 2 weeks, so don't know much about the place but do have first impressions. Jacksonville Pier was fun to walk on. Jacksonville Zoo was a treat. The A1A down to St. Augustine was a nice ride. I got the impression that there were a lot of medical offices and other businesses next to loads of fast-food places (how appropriate). After breakfast at a well known chain, and listening in on Southern Accents for a while, I felt like I was from a different world. Am originally a New Yorker and have lived in England for 25 years. It will be a culture shock and again, but I will give it a go, gators and all.....oh, one other thing. In England, people are on the streets walking about, riding bikes etc. In Jacksonville, in the neighbourhood I was staying in, I don't think I saw one person taking a walk the whole time I was there. I know it's hot but really.......
Bobby

Westwood, MA

#229 Mar 2, 2014
My daughter is in the navy, and I am seriously thinking of relocating to jacksonville to be near her. Being from New England (Boston) all my life....can you make a recommendation ???
Todo

United States

#230 Mar 7, 2014
I'm 25 and grew up in Jax but have lived in many cities in the southeast. I always thought I couldn't wait to get out of this "small" city and into better territory but here I am back in Jax. I have to say to all the haters of Jax.... I don't see how a city with a beach and a river running through it is a bad place... In fact this is the main reason I keep moving back here. It's cheap and you can have fun for free. I think the biggest problem with Jacksonville and new comers is that people don't know where to move so they move to no mans land, this is out by the town center and inbetween the beach and city. Growing up I lived in Riverside. riverside is a beautiful, old wealthier area with shops an bars on kings street, St. John's ave and Stockton and five points. Just over the bridge is San Marco, which is similar to riverside. If you don't live here go to the beaches, Atlantic, Neptune, jax beach. All beachy areas with bars and restaurants.
Most people that I have met that don't enjoy Jax are newer families that move out to these new cookie cutter home neighborhoods out by the airport or town center. These places didn't even exist when I was growing up.
I agree that If you live in certain areas, Jax prolly sucks. You have to know someone or do research to find the good places and I swear there are some awesome places to be here....
Ps.... Springfield is getting better slowly but surely. There are tons of ancient but adorable houses that are getting fixed up and put on the market for cheap. I have enough money to live where I want in Jax and seriously considered a renovated house in Springfield....
Anyway hope this helps....
Janet K

Honolulu, HI

#231 Apr 1, 2014
Todo wrote:
I'm 25 and grew up in Jax but have lived in many cities in the southeast. I always thought I couldn't wait to get out of this "small" city and into better territory but here I am back in Jax. I have to say to all the haters of Jax.... I don't see how a city with a beach and a river running through it is a bad place... In fact this is the main reason I keep moving back here. It's cheap and you can have fun for free. I think the biggest problem with Jacksonville and new comers is that people don't know where to move so they move to no mans land, this is out by the town center and inbetween the beach and city. Growing up I lived in Riverside. riverside is a beautiful, old wealthier area with shops an bars on kings street, St. John's ave and Stockton and five points. Just over the bridge is San Marco, which is similar to riverside. If you don't live here go to the beaches, Atlantic, Neptune, jax beach. All beachy areas with bars and restaurants.
Most people that I have met that don't enjoy Jax are newer families that move out to these new cookie cutter home neighborhoods out by the airport or town center. These places didn't even exist when I was growing up.
I agree that If you live in certain areas, Jax prolly sucks. You have to know someone or do research to find the good places and I swear there are some awesome places to be here....
Ps.... Springfield is getting better slowly but surely. There are tons of ancient but adorable houses that are getting fixed up and put on the market for cheap. I have enough money to live where I want in Jax and seriously considered a renovated house in Springfield....
Anyway hope this helps....
I am looking at a house on Mecca St in Springfield. Is it in a safe area?
Maximus

Richmond, VA

#232 Apr 19, 2014
I just got back from Jax to see about relocating there with my young family. We'll, I researched a lot, and read a lot of comments. It is a complicated place, basically I think the crime is aggressively aggregating all over from the North on all sides encroaching fast and going into certain areas where decent people trying to hold on to their neighborhood that was probably nice 15 years or so, people look mad and its' obvious. People flee to Orange Park, Fleming Island, Mandarin but its; just too far and too congested to get anywhere from most of those areas of decent people all squeezed in, like 45 min for what should be under 15 min drive. Plus, Mil base folks make it even more compact. Then you have one area to east and northeast left, but traffic from beach folks and tourist make that a bad decision, plus all ghetto people always venture out to shop in nicer places, so makes it even harder. A lot of people. A lot of criminals. A lot of rampant drug use and ghetto superstars. I am tired of trying to find a nice place to live, or at least not having to be in an area of new construction that houses built so cheap and are junk for $250k+ easy and hood areas all have the good solid brick houses. I saw all kinds of crazy driving around the North side ALL over the North to the West and all west cut in half 103rd st. further south even I would avoid. I am white, driving around to learn only one way to find out, don't really give sh!t about how hood someplace is, drove there, walked there, got feeling police are scared. Still, lots of people. I stayed at a value place of Beach Blvd. Full of criminals and drug deals and cockroaches. Went to more country areas, thought it would resolve, WOW, fl, can really make some trailer trash people. I mean, crap piled up all over their trailers. Redneck, uneducated people all over who look racist like, but probably are to dang chicken to go near ghetto alone. From all of comments above, seems to look like corrupt to me too, just saying, seen so much everywhere now, courts racking it in, contract fraud etc... the whole 9'. Housing all over way, way overpriced and foreclosures all over, banks control all now for demand high price but there is even more foreclosure cycle these areas people flee from. I can't give advice b/c in my opinion whole country changing really bad unless you have money like some crook lawyer or doctor, etc.

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