WELCOME TO JACKSONVILLE BEACH,
INCLUDING ATLANTIC & NEPTUNE BEACH
Found along northeast Florida’s "First Coast," Jacksonville Beach, including its sister communities Atlantic and Neptune Beach, offer vast stretches of gorgeous beach, golf courses, a famous fishing pier and boatloads of water activities. Beach volleyball, surfing, diving, boating, fishing and a wide variety of restaurants – the Jacksonville Beach area has it all. Visitors and natives alike are delighted by dolphins rolling just outside the surf line. Surfers are drawn to Jacksonville Beach by some of the best waves in the region. Living in Jacksonville Beach and utilizing surrounding amenities and attractions unearths a unique combination of history, leisure, recreational activities, and a relaxed beach lifestyle.
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A DYNAMIC BEACH TOWN
Jacksonville Beach, together with Atlantic and Neptune Beach, offer a combination of great dining, a large variety of nightlife hot-spots, and many hotels. Jacksonville Beach offers a first-class community theater with wonderful productions from drama, comedy to musicals. It continues its tradition as the beach entertainment center. Spring and Summer are festival and concert season in this city by the sea. Fans of the blues, jazz, classical music, and classic movies are just a few of the many who are drawn to the nearly weekly events in Jacksonville Beach that offer a great variety of family entertainment. Residents and visitors have an opportunity to enjoy some of the best national and regional entertainers, all at the SeaWalk Pavilion with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean serving as the backdrop. Festivals also feature a variety of arts, crafts and children's activities. Adventure Landing, along with Shipwreck Island Water Park, is the largest Family Entertainment Center in northeast Florida offering individual and family fun for all ages. Activities include a go-kart track, miniature golf, laser tag, video game arcade, and much more.
A YOUNG BEACH TOWN
Jacksonville Beach is a dynamic young beach town, offering a high quality of life.
A COMMUNITY WITH A HEART
A community with accommodating nature, kind character, tolerance, friendliness, welcoming to newcomers, and lot's of southern charm.
Jacksonville Beach has a subtropical climate with mild weather during winters and hot summers. The area is known for its plentiful sunshine and pleasant temperatures year-round.
REAL ESTATE INSIGHTS
If you’re thinking of purchasing real estate in the Jacksonville Beach area, your first task is deciding between a home or a condo. A single-family home is an attractive choice because you can enjoy the privacy of owning your own home. The downside is private quality homes have a higher price tag and you’re responsible for maintenance and upkeep.
Condos are a popular choice if you want the perks of living directly at the beach overlooking the ocean, without the responsibility of owning a home. In addition, you’ll have access to amenities close to most condo properties.
The Jacksonville Beach real estate market offers a variety of single family homes, waterfront or with easy beach access. There is high demand in the luxury housing market, particularly for oceanfront or at least ocean-view homes and demand for vacant lots suitable for building exceeds the available property.
Just a short distance inland towards the west, the beaches border with the Intra-Coastal Waterway running southward along the Atlantic Seaboard. That area also offers a lot of excellent real estate.
Jacksonville Beach is directly located at the Atlantic Ocean in East Duval County. A highly desirable location with so much to do.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
A great location for property investments. The region has been classified as one of the best places to invest in real estate in Florida.
GETTING THERE IS EASY
Jacksonville has an international airport with direct connections to 31 cities and frequent service to the main hubs like Atlanta, New York, Miami, etc. Three municipal airports serving general aviation and private jets.
THE PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE
Residents love this beach community for its walkable neighborhoods and wide beaches — perfect for long runs and bicycle rides. Jacksonville Beach stretches from its southernmost point, Ponte Vedra, to its northernmost point at Neptune Beach, and is touted as northeast Florida’s best-kept secret. Residents aren’t surprised. They happily boast about the surf, sand and the overall lifestyle. If you love the outdoors and mild winters, it’s paradise. The Jacksonville Beach area offers a family-friendly ambience, boutique shopping and an evolving dining scene. The quarter-mile-long Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier at North First Street is where you’ll find anglers seeking their catch of the day. Surfers also like to hang out here to catch a wave or two. In this neighborhood that skirts scenic Highway A1A, you’ll find great parks—South Beach Park and the Sunshine Playground— where kids of all ages play and work out.
The beach is minutes away from major sporting events; you can catch a Jacksonville Jaguars football game in downtown Jacksonville, enjoy the city’s San Marco neighborhood Broadway shows, or visit one of the many a fabulous live-music events.
Living in Jacksonville Beach means being part of a diversified community made up of friendly and warmhearted individuals and families from all levels of society, coexisting in perfect harmony. The area is picturesque, not crowded and family-oriented. It is the perfect place to settle down.
FAMILY FRIENDLY & GREAT SCHOOLS
Jacksonville Beach is very family-friendly. There are plenty of things to do for kids. A variety of public and private schools, and 14 colleges / universities in Duval County provide excellent education.
WATER SPORTS & RECREATION
The Jacksonville Beach area is a natural playground, offering an abundance of activities and adventures for all ages.
DINING & HOSPITALITY
Jacksonville Beach offers a wide variety of dining options, from low-key to fine dining, in all parts of the city. From the traditional beach shack to luxury 5-star dining, locals and visitors have a lot of options.
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Jacksonville Beach is the largest with 21,352 inhabitants, followed by Atlantic Beach with 12,655 and 7,037 residents in Neptune Beach. Population density is about 3,020 people per square mile (in comparison, Miami Beach has a density of 11,960). The Jacksonville Beach area is not very crowded.
The median age is 42.7. That's slightly higher tan the US average.
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
The average household income in the Jacksonville, Atlantic and Neptune Beach region along the coastline (beach area) is $71,917.00. The median household income of Jacksonville Beach is $ 62,229.00. In comparison the median household income in the State of Florida is 49,426.00
Hospitality, Restaurant, Entertainment and Tourism
With its diverse economic base, young, energetic population, and high quality of life, Jacksonville Beach experienced substantial growth during the latter decades of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Major local economic drivers are the hospitality, restaurant, entertainment and tourism sectors. Many residents are commuting. They work in Jacksonville and live at the beaches.
EMPLOYMENT & OCCUPATIONS
4.7 % Unemployment Rate
There's no shortage of jobs in the Jacksonville Beach area. However, many residents commute and work in Jacksonville. The top industries in the Jacksonville metropolitan area are finance, insurance, biomedics, high-tech, electric components, energy, aerospace, medical services, logistics, imports & distribution, and military. Jacksonville has the second-largest port on the eastern seaboard, making it a prime location for many companies. You'll also find military institutions throughout the area, as Jacksonville has the third-largest military presence in the United States. Several Navy facilities call Jacksonville home, as does the Florida Air National Guard, which bases its operations at Jacksonville International Airport.
Wide Variety up to Highly Rated
There are 12 public and private schools within the city limits of Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic & Neptune Beach, including one recognized as a National Blue Ribbon school and ranked among the top 100 schools in Florida.
Much lower than Miami, slightly higher than National Average
The crime rate, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100, is 55. In direct comparison, the violent crime rate in Miami is 99. Overall Duval County has a much lower crime rate than other major metropolitan areas, but slightly higher than the national US average. It all depends on location. Some areas within the Jacksonville Beach region report very low crime, other areas experience higher rates.
The average year-round temp in the Jacksonville Beach area is around 70.1 degrees Fahrenheit (21.2 deg C). Golfers will be happy to know the abundant golf courses around the beach area are playable pretty much year round, as daytime temp averages during the coldest months are: December: 67 (F) high (19.4 deg C), 50 (F) low (10.0 deg C); January 64 (F) high (17.8 deg C), 47 (F) low (8.4 deg C); and February 67 (F) high (19.5 deg C), 49 (F) low (9.5 deg C). On average, there are 219 sunny days per year in Jacksonville, Florida. The July high is around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 deg C).
Very low compared to Southern Florida and the Gulf Coast
Compared to southeast Florida and the Gulf Coast, the North East Florida region (Jacksonville Metropolitan Area / First Coast) is less prone to being in the path of a hurricane. The greater Jacksonville area has suffered less damage from hurricanes than most other east coast cities. The strongest effect on Jacksonville was from Hurricane Dora (a category 2 storm) in 1964, the only recorded storm in the past 54 years to directly hit the First Coast with sustained hurricane force winds.
According to hurricane experts and forecasters there is no reason for you to cancel your plans to re-locate to Florida. By analyzing the tracks of tropical storms for the past 100 years, the experts have ranked which areas are most likely to be hit by a major hurricane and the geographical regions in Florida that are less prone to being in the path of a hurricane.
Southeast Florida (Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach), Key West and the Florida Keys, Southwest Florida (Fort Myers-Naples), West Florida (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota-Clearwater), Central Florida Atlantic coast (Melbourne-Cocoa Beach) and the Florida Panhandle (Pensacola-Panama City) are all areas with a much higher risk. The North East Florida region (First Coast) is a low risk area and this coastal region has a tremendous appeal.