Future Residents, Lifestyle

Reasons to Live in (and Love) Jacksonville

Surrounded by the stunning St. Johns River and home to the largest urban park system in the country, Jacksonville, also known as Jax, is one of the most desirable places to live in the Sunshine state. Jacksonville was also ranked as the second most “Up-and-Coming City” by Yelp. Jacksonville’s population is continuing to grow as people are drawn to its affordability, stunning beaches and incredible weather. Wondering if Jacksonville could be the right place for you too? Keep reading.

Housing costs as well as other general living expenses (food, gas, utilities) are lower in Jacksonville compared to other big cities. Jacksonville’s cost of living is not only lower than the U.S. average, but it is also lower than the average cost of living in the rest of the state. Looking for a new home in the Jacksonville area? Click here to see available Progress Residential® rental homes in Jacksonville.

Great Career and Educational Opportunities
Jacksonville is home to a long list of companies, with financial institutions and health centers being the largest employers. The city also offers top-rated schools, including incredible elementary schools, middle schools that rank at 9s and 10s, as well as high schools that will help prepare your teens for college. Speaking of college, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and Florida State College at Jacksonville are all great options.

Largest Park System
There is no shortage of opportunities for picnics in the park as Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the U.S. Spanning more than 80,000 acres, it’s no wonder why the park system is unrivaled. You can also enjoy local arboretums, gardens and state parks.

Thriving Downtown
Nightlife, trendy restaurants and craft breweries can all be found in downtown Jacksonville. The Riverwalk, which has a north end and a south end, allows you to walk, run and take in the stunning views of the surrounding St. Johns River. Jacksonville has a growing brewery scene and the best way to experience the local breweries? The Jax Ale Trail, of course. And if you’re wondering about the restaurants, Jacksonville was ranked in the top 5 surprising foodie cities, and for good reason.

Pristine Beaches
From the stunning beaches and hundreds of piers to the abundant river and waterways that surround the city, Jacksonville is a water lover’s dream. Anglers will enjoy all of the fishing spots all over the city. If you’re looking to enjoy some time on the pristine, white sand beaches, Jacksonville has three beach areas spanning 22 gorgeous miles: Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach, each with their own personalities. And surfing fans won’t want to miss out on this yearly summer festival.

Unbelievable Weather
In Jacksonville, you can enjoy the nearly year-round sunshine and mild weather that is synonymous with Florida. However, Jacksonville is less humid than say, Orlando, and there is also a lower chance for hurricanes due to its location. Jacksonville is tucked away in the NE corner of the state, where hurricanes are less likely to occur. Sounds like the ideal situation if you ask us!

In Jacksonville, you don’t have to leave your four-legged friends at home. The city is very dog-friendly, with a whopping 151 restaurants that allow dogs, as well as several dog beaches and dog parks throughout the city. We appreciate this as we at Progress® are big believers in not limiting your fur babies, which is why we don’t limit the number of pets you can have in your rental home, nor do we have breed restrictions.

Attractions and Culture
Jacksonville is often recognized for its music and art scene. In fact, Jacksonville is a top 25 Arts destination in the nation. If you’re a fan of Jazz, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival won’t disappoint as it is the second largest in the U.S. And if you have kids, November may just become your favorite month due to what is known as “Free November”, where kids receive free admission to Jacksonville’s best museums and attractions. If you’d like to enjoy the St. Johns River in a different way, check out the Jax River Taxi, which will take you across the river for only a few dollars.

Ready to make a move? Click here to see the rental homes currently available from Progress® in Jacksonville. Already a local? Let us know in the comments what you love most about Jacksonville.

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