Is Jacksonville a good place to live ...
JoJo

Jacksonville Beach, FL

#233 Apr 19, 2014
Ok here is my experience! I lived in San Diego for almost 20 years and have been in Jacksonville beach for almost 12 years trying to get back to San Diego as soon as possible. Comparing the 2 is not fair it is like comparing a Mercedes with all of the Bells and whistles to a Kia with no extras!! There is just no comparison. The weather is better in S.D. and there is a lot more to do. More $ to be made makes up for the higher price of real estate there. The food is better and cheaper in San Diego with most all of the fruits and veggies grown locally because you can literally grow anything out there. I still can't find a real Baja Fish Taco anywhere in this town. I think the ppl are nicer and laid back in S.D probably because they are out doors more and don't have to deal with bugs, heat, humidity!!! Not a lot to do here in North Florida unless you like fishing or boating or football. We do have the jacksonville Suns baseball team, but that can get treacherous to sit through a game in the heat. When they say baseball has never been hotter than the Jacksonville Suns they really mean it!!! I lived in North county San Diego and just returned from there last week never sat in a traffic jam once the roads flow and are way more advanced than the roads here as far as the planning they did for the growth. Seems like a major road is constantly being worked on here in JAX.!!! I LOVE north county San Diego and it is nothing like the rest of California. Schools are way better than Duval which is ranked one of the lowest public school districts in the nation. I must say they did an EXCELLENT job at the St. Johns Town Center it is a great place to go eat and shop if you are into that!!! If you must live here move to the beach Atlantic and Neptune are awesome with a great laid back vibe and Ponte Vedra is more upscale tennis and golf communities and better schools. Hope this helps. I know it is an old post but maybe it could give anyone looking a better perspective!
dopeboifresh

Birmingham, AL

#234 Apr 20, 2014
I moved to Jax about 2yrs ago & my lil brother was followed home from school ( becuz he refused to join a gang in the city) and 6 guys got out of their suv and beat him almost to death. After he was layn there bleedin & unconscious, they broke in & stole our tvs & my moms jewelry. They shud burn jax to the ground. Never move here!!! Period. Even their nfl team sux!!!
Richard

Jacksonville, FL

#235 Apr 26, 2014
I've lived on the southside of Jacksonville for 2 1/2 years and I have never felt unsafe or seen any gang activity. I'm originally from NY and just like NY and any other city---there are parts of town you would be wise to ignore.
Moto

Columbia Station, OH

#236 May 8, 2014
I'm considering moving to jacksonville from Cleveland. Any thoughts? I read some of the above posts. I visited a couple years back and it seemed ok. I'm not really sure though. It sounds dangerous.
Michael Rhoden

Ocala, FL

#237 Jun 30, 2014
Do yourself a favor and stay out of Jacksonville. It is a miserable, pathetic, and disgusting city. There is no job market for people with college degrees, unless you want to work at Taco Bell. Redneck mentality and nasty workplace politics. I am leaving after I graduate from college; however, it will probably be sooner.
Just me

Tokyo, Japan

#238 Aug 17, 2014
So folk not painting a great picture of Jax it would seem, everywhere deserves a chance no ?. I am considering an intl relocation from Asia to Jax,, as a European eyes wide open and common sense is my thought,embrace all but with caution. That said short listed some apartments, grateful for brief info in terms the area where listed apartments are. Apartments are :

Uptown
5 thousand town
The Strand
Metropolitan loft apartments
The Carling

My budget is around 1300-1500 PCM, any other good apartment complex ?
Sgt

Port Jervis, NY

#239 Aug 18, 2014
Testing
mersin

Brooklyn, NY

#241 Nov 6, 2014
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
hi ,
i am so curious if you moved to Jax? same type of offer came from my old friends restaurant, i live inbrooklyn, ny about 12 years and i am still live with roomates... i believe you can guess how hard to live in NYC with a low income profession 'architectural drafter' i hope you can guess where i am from ..))
hope to see your decicion moving to jax
mom26

Charleston, SC

#242 Jan 16, 2015
Andy wrote:
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.
Everybody dissing the south, being full of ghetto and gangs, have you ever been to California? It's full of the Mexican drug cartel, crips and bloods, then tack on miles of concrete jungle, horrid traffic on top of being very expensive, highest payroll taxes and gas prices in the nation. I don't know if the guy from San Diego ever moved to Jacksonville, but San Diego, while pretty, has it's own set of issues. I lived in California for 30 years, it has turned into a dump. I would think anyplace outside of California would be a marked improvement.

Until you move to a certain city, don't believe everything you read. I read forums about living in the south being so terrible. I'm here now and love it. It all depends on where you live. Everyone is friendly and accepting, unlike the rude cretins from California. I'm glad I left.
deen5230

United States

#243 Apr 21, 2015
I've been offered a job in Jacksonville and was wondering how Beauclerc is?
Sandy

Lake Mary, FL

#244 May 6, 2015
Do not move to Jax. Iíve been living here for twelve years. Iím retiring in two years and only hope to get out of this poor excuse of a city alive. The entire north and west side is crime central. There is a murder here every day. If you really need to move here move to Mandarin or better yet the north sections of St. Johns country. Anywhere else body armor and a few guns are required. I moved here before Jax hosted their first NFL super bowl. During that year you could see this town trying to be something that it is not. Jax is a large area but itís mostly waste land. I cannot define this place as a city. There arenít any decent places to eat Ė try to find a Diner. They have this place called Metro Diner. Itís only open for breakfast and lunch. Try to find a bagel store! The only decent one I found was in St. Augustine. Everything closes around here a 9PM Ė some stuff stays open until 10PM. A worker at Publix told me they close at 9PM in Orange Park because they are afraid of getting robbed. Iím not knocking on religion but the Baptist own this place. Try to find a non religion show on Sunday morning. The only good thing I can say about this area is the weather. Usually, the weather in the winter is bearable (a little cold at times) and the summers arenít too hot (unless sitting under direct sun light). So far most hurricanes have missed this area. The only other big issues are the fire problems.
Beantown90

Kingston, MA

#245 May 8, 2015
Ryan wrote:
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.
Hi there... What is a good place /area to live in Florida? For raising school age children?
Thanks
Sandy

Lake Mary, FL

#246 May 11, 2015
If you have to move to Florida St. Johns County has a decent school system. I live off Race Track Road and there is two elementary schools along with a middle school. They are all rated well. I'm originally from Jersery and the school systems down here just do not compare. There are a few other decent school systems in Florida down by the Palm beach area. I have relatives in Tampa and Orlando and they tell me that their school system is even worse. Jacksonville has two or three great Magnet schools but that is it. The rest of the system is really bad. As for St. Johns County stay to the north end - the south areas aren't that good. Also, the North end is decently safe and they are building houses all over the place. If you plan on working you will not be too far away from Jacksonville (the south side has may jobs). Good luck - If I had a choice to move down here again - I wouldn't.(The city address that this post makes must be made by the IP address - I' from St. Johns).
T M A

Hollywood, FL

#247 May 12, 2015
Just thought I'd weigh in as a resident for two years. My husband and I moved from Atlanta's northern burbs and it was the best decision we ever made. We live in San Marco and love our charming community. By far the people we encounter daily are unbelievably friendly so we make new friends fast. Traffic is so light. I love the communities along the river near downtown for the friendliness, culture and activities. The beaches are clean and pretty. We love our new life here and hope to stay a long time. I don't care for the burbs so can't comment on those areas. But Riverside and San Marco are exceptional. We feel safer than ever and find the vast majority of people have been tolerant and accepting of diversity, well traveled and not at all pretentious like is the scourge of Atlanta.
Release me

Jacksonville, FL

#248 May 14, 2015
Truthful wrote:
<quoted text>
Jacksonville is not a good place to live long term or short term....Jacksonville is not even a good place to visit.
I agree with you 150 percent
Release me

Jacksonville, FL

#249 May 14, 2015
Sandy wrote:
If you have to move to Florida St. Johns County has a decent school system. I live off Race Track Road and there is two elementary schools along with a middle school. They are all rated well. I'm originally from Jersery and the school systems down here just do not compare. There are a few other decent school systems in Florida down by the Palm beach area. I have relatives in Tampa and Orlando and they tell me that their school system is even worse. Jacksonville has two or three great Magnet schools but that is it. The rest of the system is really bad. As for St. Johns County stay to the north end - the south areas aren't that good. Also, the North end is decently safe and they are building houses all over the place. If you plan on working you will not be too far away from Jacksonville (the south side has may jobs). Good luck - If I had a choice to move down here again - I wouldn't.(The city address that this post makes must be made by the IP address - I' from St. Johns).
Do not believe the hype Google the news daily
Release me

Jacksonville, FL

#250 May 14, 2015
Just me wrote:
So folk not painting a great picture of Jax it would seem, everywhere deserves a chance no ?. I am considering an intl relocation from Asia to Jax,, as a European eyes wide open and common sense is my thought,embrace all but with caution. That said short listed some apartments, grateful for brief info in terms the area where listed apartments are. Apartments are :
Uptown
5 thousand town
The Strand
Metropolitan loft apartments
The Carling
My budget is around 1300-1500 PCM, any other good apartment complex ?
The best thing to do is rent a house you will love the privacy
So true So true

Orlando, FL

#251 May 14, 2015
T M A wrote:
Just thought I'd weigh in as a resident for two years. My husband and I moved from Atlanta's northern burbs and it was the best decision we ever made. We live in San Marco and love our charming community. By far the people we encounter daily are unbelievably friendly so we make new friends fast. Traffic is so light. I love the communities along the river near downtown for the friendliness, culture and activities. The beaches are clean and pretty. We love our new life here and hope to stay a long time. I don't care for the burbs so can't comment on those areas. But Riverside and San Marco are exceptional. We feel safer than ever and find the vast majority of people have been tolerant and accepting of diversity, well traveled and not at all pretentious like is the scourge of Atlanta.
Jacksonville is the largest city in the entire USA in size/square miles. It is sprawling, huge. Bigger than NYC.

All of the posters who are trying to 'sell' Jacksonville will mention the San Marco and Five Points areas and great things are there. Okay. Go to those areas. Notice how tiny they are-just a few blocks!

In reality, 99% of Jacksonville is NOT like San Marco. 99& of Jacksonville is NOT like the Riverside area.

Drive around and you will quickly see. Go to Mayport Road. Drive down 103rd. Pull onto JTB at rush hour. Park in an abandoned Miami Subs parking lot on Baymeadows. Visit an abandoned business in Bayard. Stop in at a failing pawn shop in Arlington. Smell the desperation at a Waffle House on the North Side. Stay overnight at a budget motel on Phillips Highway.

Use your eyes. You will then see what Jacksonville is really like.
Sandy

Lake Mary, FL

#252 May 18, 2015
Letís see. Two young girls on the way home from school get shot. Not only were they in a school bus, but the people that were doing the shooting were in a car. Yes, very safe neighborhood. This wasnít too far away from your San Marcos or Clay County. This wasnít even in the hood section. Oh, yes this was just made up. Not a chance. Visit news4jax.com everyday. You will be surprised when someone doesnít get killed around here! Usually, there are multiple killings a day. If you do not like news4jax Ė try firstcoastnews.com . The news doesnít make up fatalities. Besides the crime, this place is just not anywhere you want to be. The beaches around here are bad Ė oh, do some research about the riot over there a year ago. The only way I can justify giving anyone a positive vibe about this place is if they are coming from a real awful place. I also liked this place for the first year or two.
TOASTER

Pomona Park, FL

#253 Jun 6, 2015
Sandy wrote:
Letís see. Two young girls on the way home from school get shot. Not only were they in a school bus, but the people that were doing the shooting were in a car. Yes, very safe neighborhood. This wasnít too far away from your San Marcos or Clay County. This wasnít even in the hood section. Oh, yes this was just made up. Not a chance. Visit news4jax.com everyday. You will be surprised when someone doesnít get killed around here! Usually, there are multiple killings a day. If you do not like news4jax Ė try firstcoastnews.com . The news doesnít make up fatalities. Besides the crime, this place is just not anywhere you want to be. The beaches around here are bad Ė oh, do some research about the riot over there a year ago. The only way I can justify giving anyone a positive vibe about this place is if they are coming from a real awful place. I also liked this place for the first year or two.
Jacksonville has a 30% black population, but most live in north Jax or Arlington. If you avoid those areas YOU'LL ENJOY THE CITY AND BEACHES. The beaches are great and there are many xtra fine places to enjoy fine dining. Blacks commit almost all the crime in Jax just like in all cities in the US,
but the good part is they are killing each other.

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