Jacksonville’s Population Boom A Testament To Talent & Opportunity

Jacksonville was recognized by the United States Census Bureau as the eighth largest city in the United States and the fourth largest-gaining city by numerical change between July 2022 and July 2023. Nearly 1 million people now call Jacksonville home, with more than 14,000 coming to the area in the last year alone. A recent article by PODS revealed that Jacksonville ranks among the top 10 cities with the highest move-in rates, highlighting its growing appeal as a prime relocation destination.

“This data emphasizes the trend we have seen for the last several years – people are coming to Northeast Florida in droves,” said Aundra Wallace, president of JAXUSA Partnership. “The region has been very deliberate about our growth and talent strategies, and these measures highlight the fact that all signs are pointing to Jacksonville.”

These findings complement the news that Jacksonville was recently ranked the second hottest job market in the United States by The Wall Street Journal. This report also showed Jacksonville was the fastest growing job market in Florida, surpassing other major cities like Orlando, Tampa and Miami.

The job market, aided by a cost of living which is lower than the U.S. average, pro-business environment and high quality of life continue to draw people and businesses from across the world to plant their roots in Northeast Florida.

“Florida is one of the fastest growing states, so the fact that we can say we’re the hottest job market in Florida is high praise,” added Wallace. “It’s a testament to the companies we have in the region and their commitment to investing here.”

More than 150 corporate, regional and divisional headquarters currently operate in the Jacksonville region. Northeast Florida’s growing economic landscape and business-friendly climate allows organizations of all sizes to find professional success with our diverse collection of industry ecosystems that continue to attract talent and suppliers.

“When we look at the population growth, the level of talent we see coming into the region is very exciting. Northeast Florida’s profile continues to rise because global companies compare our talent to what is available around the world, and we are winning. When you take that talent along with the talent our local colleges and universities develop every year, companies are seeing a trajectory that will fuel their growth for years to come.”

The Jacksonville region’s growth in citizenry and jobs along with record high levels of capital investment and unmatched quality of life will continue to make Northeast Florida an attractive destination as companies look to relocate or expand their operations.