Welcome to North Florida!
Jacksonville Florida and the First Coast
Jacksonville, Florida offers a character that is a mix of old and new that beckons people who are attracted to a vigorous, vibrant metropolitan area with accessible natural resources, wonderful climate, and small-town Southern charm. This combination offers Jacksonville residents a special quality of life and reels in thousands of newcomers each year to decide on a Jacksonville, FL relocation.
Jacksonville, Florida is a wonderful place to live and worked hard to earn the spotlight of being the NFL’s "smallest city" to host the Super Bowl. This milestone brought to the region a recognition worldwide, 130,000 visitors, and an unmatched medal. Jacksonville welcomed the influx of people, partiers, celebrities and traffic with open arms, plenty of hub bub, and a spectacular fireworks show that lit up the city’s five Downtown bridges. Not to be outshone, the neighboring areas of Baker County, Clay County, Nassau County, Putnam County and St. Johns County also showed off with festivals and celebrations.
Having been ranked as one of the top three cities for corporate expansion and relocation by Expansion Management magazine, Jacksonville, FL strives to attract the attention of companies who value its geographic location, motivated workforce, ample transportation opportunities and burgeoning economics. Jacksonville, FL is home to three Fortune 500 Companies headquarters – Winn Dixie, CSX Corporation and Fidelity National Financial -- as well as a host of other companies in the financial, medical, healthcare, and service industries.
North Florida continues to evolve, and many credit that to a strong economic plan and partnership between city and county municipalities / governments and a strong industrial foundation.
Jacksonville’s newfound renaissance includes a well-rounded, vibrant, and energized downtown district that continues to watch it’s skyline grow. Residential expansion is a major driver as well as new infrastructure and sports venues gained through the $2.2 billion "Better Jacksonville Plan", the new downtown library, courthouse and the relocation of the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art.
Jacksonville has a lot to offer to just about everyone. From downtown views to romantic beach front horizons, there’s a wide array of entertainment, activities, and recreational arenas to match almost any desire. Bed and breakfast's, hotels and resorts, performing arts centers and business centers, sports complexes, a 78,500 square-foot plus exhibit hall downtown and the world renowned golf resort, World Golf Village, are just some of the diverse options you might find.
Jacksonville also offers tremendous educational venues, military opportunities, clean industrial projects, and an ever evolving International airport. Family activities include the Jacksonville Jaguars football games, sporting events such as The Players Championship at Sawgrass, tournaments for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Men’s Pro Tour, and more!
In terms of healthcare, residents of Northeast Florida benefit from a system that rivals those of larger cities including the Mayo Clinic and multiple Baptist Hospitals. Jacksonville is home to over 2,500 physicians and 20 hospitals.
Here are just a few reasons why so many choose North Florida as their home:
Year-round Temperate Climate
Winters are mild and summers are the most moderate in the state. Temperatures drop below 32 degrees less than two weeks per year. January is the coldest month, averaging a minimum of 41 degrees and a maximum of 61.8 degrees. July is the hottest, averaging 91.5 as a high and 72.8 as a low.
Cost of Living
Jacksonville has the lowest cost of living among Florida’s five major metropolitan areas. With a 98.2 ACCRA Cost of Living rating, Jacksonville’s cost of living index is below the national average.
The military employs over 50,000 active duty, reserve and civilian personnel in Northeast Florida and has a $7.8 billion annual economic impact. Every year more than 4,000 workers leave the military and join the North Florida workforce.
Whether it’s the abundance of cultural events, sporting events or outdoor activities, North Florida provides a place of peace and recreation. The Beaches, St. Johns River and many other navigable waterways provide an opportunity for all to take advantage of their favorite water-related activities. We have football, golf, baseball, tennis and the list goes on and on.