Is Jacksonville a good place to live ...
I Luv Jax

Jacksonville, FL

#152 Jan 4, 2013
Moved here from the cold Northeast 24 years ago and never looked back.

If you like extended summers, not being land locked (no beaches), great airport with many direct flights (vegas, NYC etc) classic cars, riding harleys, golfing, no state tax, and plenty of beautiful scenery then JAX,Fl is a great place to live.

Many pro football players who retired or moved on to other NFL teams have chosen to maintain a residence in Jax. Even Tom Coughlin still maintains a residence in Sawgrass.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#153 Jan 4, 2013
I've heard Fleming Island is nice, anyone know anything about that?
Anne

West Palm Beach, FL

#154 Jan 9, 2013
I moved to Jax in 2008 and compared to the midwest and other cities of its size its a nice place to live. The city is up and coming and the beaches and weather are very pleasant. Coming from the midwest it was definitely a culture shock but in a good way because of its diversity. I think the entire state of Florida is awesome.. As far as crime, unfortunately its everywhere and its BAD everywhere you cant get away from it. Having said that the lower income areas are not nearly as bad as some of the other cities ive been in. The main prob I have is the downtown area..Jacksonville downtown could be very beautiful but because a church owns most of it, a lot of that area is not being used to its potential and is just going to waist. I think once the downtown area is revitalized J'ville will be an even better place to live.
big i

Jacksonville, FL

#155 Jan 11, 2013
Anne wrote:
I moved to Jax in 2008 and compared to the midwest and other cities of its size its a nice place to live. The city is up and coming and the beaches and weather are very pleasant. Coming from the midwest it was definitely a culture shock but in a good way because of its diversity. I think the entire state of Florida is awesome.. As far as crime, unfortunately its everywhere and its BAD everywhere you cant get away from it. Having said that the lower income areas are not nearly as bad as some of the other cities ive been in. The main prob I have is the downtown area..Jacksonville downtown could be very beautiful but because a church owns most of it, a lot of that area is not being used to its potential and is just going to waist. I think once the downtown area is revitalized J'ville will be an even better place to live.
jax has been an up and coming city for a long time with no changes really ,except more strip malls and apt complexes.. im from the midwest too (chicago)..i been here 7 years and i just settled.. i don't have that alive feeling like in chicago or in ny.. but i like jax because of my church and i changed my lifestyle to a more health one ... what i dont like is jacksonville has alot of sex offenders, pedophiles.. in the areas .. and i live in a supposedly good area south side.. plus jax has alot of rude ppl ..too kept and cliquish here.. plus jobs are harder to come by in jacksonville .. i think.. pluses are 24 hr wal marts :)..
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#156 Jan 12, 2013
big i wrote:
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jax has been an up and coming city for a long time with no changes really ,except more strip malls and apt complexes.. im from the midwest too (chicago)..i been here 7 years and i just settled.. i don't have that alive feeling like in chicago or in ny.. but i like jax because of my church and i changed my lifestyle to a more health one ... what i dont like is jacksonville has alot of sex offenders, pedophiles.. in the areas .. and i live in a supposedly good area south side.. plus jax has alot of rude ppl ..too kept and cliquish here.. plus jobs are harder to come by in jacksonville .. i think.. pluses are 24 hr wal marts :)..
-what about 24hr gyms (big like lifetime or la fitness not anytime fitness)
-crime is probably in the ghetto, I read over 100+ murders over 70 were black in JAX this year
-the left is less there then elsewhere
-etc.

it sounds decent to me
Diamond23

United States

#157 Jan 23, 2013
I have been here 2yrs moving from GA,Jacksonville is ok,its not a fast city a bit slow here,but it's all about how u live your life,most plp that are posting bad comments are the ones that live in the hood n not tryin to better themselves,everywhere you go there is crime,drugs,crackhead,etc...ju st find a nice part of jax to live in...it's plenty to do here NO jax is not like ATL but it's nice..so PLZ ignore the negative comments,if you move here n don't like it just relocate....
big i

Jacksonville, FL

#158 Jan 24, 2013
Diamond23 wrote:
I have been here 2yrs moving from GA,Jacksonville is ok,its not a fast city a bit slow here,but it's all about how u live your life,most plp that are posting bad comments are the ones that live in the hood n not tryin to better themselves,everywhere you go there is crime,drugs,crackhead,etc...ju st find a nice part of jax to live in...it's plenty to do here NO jax is not like ATL but it's nice..so PLZ ignore the negative comments,if you move here n don't like it just relocate....
not everybody posting is from a hood (diamond 23),you been here 2 years ? just wait it'll hit you i knew of ppl from atl that moved back that couldn't take it... its a trip to live down here but hey to each their own.. i see that the negatives comments out weigh the positive so remember it might be great for you ..but what about families where they have to worry about kid? where would you recomend them to live?.. pretty much if you want a night life or beach life you have to stick either in the middle like me southside..other than that i'm curious to see what you recomend.
Omg

Jacksonville, FL

#159 Jan 24, 2013
Hell no this Is the worst place on the planet if you are human. Don't wast your time here it's so corrupt and they will turn a speeding ticket into attempted murder and give you life for it. This place is disgusting!
Julie

Jacksonville, FL

#160 Jan 24, 2013
stukinjax wrote:
@abdul
your saying move to jacksonville because its cheap?..you orgot to mention all the sex offenders in jacksonville.. i live on the southside and its funny as long as i lived here neighbors are notfriendly at all.. and im hispanic. i think ppl here i just more scared because its bad to say but nobody knows whose a criminal here and theirs alot of them .. its crazy
I've been here 30 years. Save your children and run as fast as you can out of this hell hole. They will lock your children up for any reason and charge them as adults. And destroy you entire family if they can. Run save your life and your family. They are a racist evil bastards here, look at support Cristian Fernandez on Facebook what they are doing to that 12 year old Hispanic child. You are better than this place.
Julie

Jacksonville, FL

#161 Jan 24, 2013
Diamond23 wrote:
I have been here 2yrs moving from GA,Jacksonville is ok,its not a fast city a bit slow here,but it's all about how u live your life,most plp that are posting bad comments are the ones that live in the hood n not tryin to better themselves,everywhere you go there is crime,drugs,crackhead,etc...ju st find a nice part of jax to live in...it's plenty to do here NO jax is not like ATL but it's nice..so PLZ ignore the negative comments,if you move here n don't like it just relocate....
jcksonville is a hell hole you just haven't been here long enough. Run save your life and your family.they are evil here.
Julie

Jacksonville, FL

#162 Jan 24, 2013
Anne wrote:
I moved to Jax in 2008 and compared to the midwest and other cities of its size its a nice place to live. The city is up and coming and the beaches and weather are very pleasant. Coming from the midwest it was definitely a culture shock but in a good way because of its diversity. I think the entire state of Florida is awesome.. As far as crime, unfortunately its everywhere and its BAD everywhere you cant get away from it. Having said that the lower income areas are not nearly as bad as some of the other cities ive been in. The main prob I have is the downtown area..Jacksonville downtown could be very beautiful but because a church owns most of it, a lot of that area is not being used to its potential and is just going to waist. I think once the downtown area is revitalized J'ville will be an even better place to live.
no they are evil here omg !read the times union.go lon news 4 jax educate yourself aboutthis hell hole.
Julie

Jacksonville, FL

#163 Jan 24, 2013
stukinjax wrote:
@abdul
your saying move to jacksonville because its cheap?..you orgot to mention all the sex offenders in jacksonville.. i live on the southside and its funny as long as i lived here neighbors are notfriendly at all.. and im hispanic. i think ppl here i just more scared because its bad to say but nobody knows whose a criminal here and theirs alot of them .. its crazy
yes they are loaded with sex offenders and they favor them here. Run sve your lif and your children they are super corrupt here.
Julie

Jacksonville, FL

#164 Jan 24, 2013
abdul wrote:
<quoted text>.. great place to be if you have money to expand the country of wealth. just make sure you dont get scammed. lots of scammers
over here you have to worry about corruption. They are worse than drug dealers . They will find any reason to give you life in prison here.and lie bout it too. Run as fast as you can away from tis corrupt racists trash city.
Julie

Jacksonville, FL

#165 Jan 24, 2013
big i wrote:
<quoted text>
not everybody posting is from a hood (diamond 23),you been here 2 years ? just wait it'll hit you i knew of ppl from atl that moved back that couldn't take it... its a trip to live down here but hey to each their own.. i see that the negatives comments out weigh the positive so remember it might be great for you ..but what about families where they have to worry about kid? where would you recomend them to live?.. pretty much if you want a night life or beach life you have to stick either in the middle like me southside..other than that i'm curious to see what you recomend.
talk about saving your children .please run from thids hel hole and don't let them get their claws on your children and family. Run! See what they are doing to 12 year old Cristan Fernandez on Facebook see support Cristian Fernandez on Facebook you will see why it's not safe her for your children and family. They are corrupt here. They will destroy your children and entire family.
Julie

Jacksonville, FL

#166 Jan 24, 2013
big i

Jacksonville, FL

#167 Jan 25, 2013
to julie and omg,

i pray i can leave this place (god willing) but like i said i love my church.. its just the rest that has me on he fence.. all the negativity and unhappy faces you see..or is it just me..? i dont understand whysaying a simple hello to some automatically gets you a crazed look again i wonder if its me . i dont know anymore but i lost esteem here to even talkto woman..so i keep thinking it might be me? i'm confused at times.
Lmao

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#168 Jan 28, 2013
As with many other topics Negative comments are always expressed more.Why because misery loves company and ppl always want to vent and rant when something is to thier dislike. I was born in manchester,jamaica. Moved to soweto,africa with my dad from the age of 9-14 raised in Miami,fl since .It is hillarious the negative comments are about crime,pedophiles,schools etc. Have you ever lived in Africa? Americans in General are some of the most spoiled ignorant individuals in the world. I am moving to Jacksonvile in may and I will make my OWN fucking decision thank you
Pale Dago

O Fallon, MO

#169 Jan 28, 2013
Why would'nt it be?
tiffany

Poway, CA

#170 Jan 31, 2013
I was born and raised in Jax till I was 23 and moved to Tucson Az, then near Chicago IL, and now San Diego Ca, for the last 4 years. I am trying my hardest to get back home to Jax. I can truly compare the two! Both places have beauty of different kinds. Beaches- I prefer Jax because of the sand and water temp. However, the sunset cliffs are pretty in San Diego. Traffic- come on NO comparison!!! San Diego traffic is horrifying. For the most part people are rude and have to get some where faster than you. Cost of Living- hands down Jax!! Yes its always for the most part sunny and beautiful here in S.D. but you are paying a premium for that weather and beauty. Friendlyness Jax all the way...not being pro Jax, but a lot of people in S.D. act like they are better than you and are shallow on the surface. Not all people! I have made so me pretty good friends here, but that is the overall attitude. If you have a family then at least in Jax a good neighborhood is affordable and you can get a fairly newer home. Something that was built at least after the 70/80's. Crime- well I would say its pretty comparable...all I have to say is El Cajon, Chula Vista and TJ Mexico!!! Sorry not trying to offend anyones hometown. Just saying we have higher crime sides of town just like any other city. Do your homework and determine whats best for you!
Midwest Escapee

Jacksonville, FL

#171 Feb 19, 2013
FLBeaver wrote:
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Jacksonville has about 820,000 people so that puts it in the same ballpark as Indianapolis or an Austin. I've never had any trouble finding what I needed. I'm sure there are things one can't find, but that's either because no one wants it or the manufacturer doesn't distribute it. It's easy to find Tastykakes in Philly but hard to find them outside of there. I used to shop at Nordstom's all the time so no, I can't find their clothes out here. But I can still find shirts, suites, etc. so it's not a big deal. Honestly, I think if you can't find something you either aren't looking very hard or it is here, but just under a different name, like Hellman's and Best Foods. Same mayonaise, just different names in different parts of the country.
While the Christian mentality can be a little extreme with some people, it's not nearly as destructive as the liberal mentality that is coming in, especially from the North East. After screwing up New York, New Jersey, most of California, Detroit and other blue areas, they decide to come to FL and mess things up here. If you think Christians are bad, you should talk to an atheist. There's someone who has no clue and won't be happy until everything is a wreck.
What railroad system? I've probably seen less than six trains since I've moved here and none of them had any impact on my drive.
Crimes is crime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_ci...
It's a lot worse in Philly but that's a larger city. It's also worse in Memphis, which is a smaller city. Lot's of things go into crime. If you think it's bad here you haven't been to many cities in the NE.
First of all, I agree with you. I don't know what the hell that clown is talking about - not being able to find a "certain kind of paint"? That is a pathetic excuse for an argument. You must not be looking very hard if you can't find what you want. Just like anywhere, some stores don't carry items -- so order them and they will ship to your front door! Secondly.. trains? I have never seen one single train since I moved to Jacksonville over a year ago. If you see a train, you must be living far outside of where the general population resides.
There are a lot of food stamp minorities swarming in the good places to live, but eventually that happens everywhere, unfortunately. I would rather have good-hearted, hard working Christians living around me and throughout my city vs those NE/ Midwest liberals. As my friend here says, they ruin every city. So with that said, if you are liberal, DON'T COME HERE! We don't like you.
The last thing I will say is that Jax is a big little town. You need a vehicle no matter what. Good thing is, you live close to the beach and there are a lot of good restaurants (no I'm not talking about Applebees and Olive Garden). The beaches are very clean and are filled with pretty good bars and pubs. St. Johns town center has good restaurants and bars/lounges. They are more classy than the beach bars.
Bottom line: would I live here the rest of my life?- No. Am I enjoying it much more than living in Michigan, absolutely. Is it better than NYC (minus the liberals)-- No. Would I quit my job so I don't have to move here?-- definitely not. You will find something to do. Pick up a book and go read on the beach. Run and ride your bike on the beach. Pick up new habits. Make the best of what you have.

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