With a cost of living below the national average, Northeast Florida is growing twice as fast as the rest of the nation. That’s why our region is experiencing a growing population of young professionals and why Forbes ranked Jacksonville in the “Top 10 Best U.S. Cities for Finding Employment.”

Quality Life
Our region is a phenomenal place to live. Northeast Florida has a spectacular climate, high-profile sports and recreation, rich arts and entertainment, affordable housing, and a variety of shopping destinations. Jacksonville is home to the Southeast’s largest modern and contemporary art museum, endless miles of beautiful beaches, numerous cultural pursuits and ethnically diverse restaurants. The seven counties of Northeast Florida provide nearly every lifestyle imaginable – rural farming, quaint historic Main Streets, beach resort living, natural woodlands and lakes, vibrant downtown, and amenity-filled suburbs.

Outdoor Recreation
Northeast Florida is known for outdoor recreation opportunities, featuring 90 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic St. Johns River for boating, fishing and kayaking. National Geographic Adventure magazine ranked Jacksonville as one of the “Top Six Beach Towns” in the United States. Jacksonville also has more than 131-square-miles of city, state and national parks, making it the largest urban park system in the nation. In 2010, Parenting magazine ranked Jacksonville number one on the list of "Ten Best Cities for Recreation."

Sports and Entertainment
Sports enthusiasts can cheer for the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, AFL Jacksonville Sharks, Jacksonville Suns AA baseball team, and ABA Jacksonville Giants. The atmosphere and experience of our professional sporting events cannot be beat. Northeast Florida also boasts more than 80 golf courses, including the famed Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass and the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Arts & Culture
AmericanStyle magazine ranked Jacksonville as one of its “Top 25 Arts Destinations.” Arts and entertainment lovers will appreciate the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and Museum of Science and History, as well as the spectacular Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. These interactive and educational destinations are fun for the entire family. The area also is home to several performing arts venues and the world-renowned Jacksonville Symphony.

Education
Northeast Florida is home to more than 380 public, private and parochial schools, many of them nationally ranked for academic achievement. Each year more than 225,000 students attend award-winning schools ranging in size from the 20th largest school system in the nation with 124,000 students to small-town education systems with as few as 4,900 students.

Climate
Jacksonville is one of few cities in Florida where residents can experience the four seasons – with no snow, of course! However, our moderate climate also affords residents the opportunity to experience the outdoors for exercise and recreation throughout the entire year. Northeast Florida’s geography protects the area from tropical system activity. As the westernmost location on the East Coast, Jacksonville is actually the least likely place on the Atlantic or Gulf Coasts to experience a hurricane. For more information, please see our Hurricane Analysis Report.

For more information about Jacksonville’s neighborhoods and recreational activities, visit www.visitjacksonville.com.

 

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