Best Places to Live 2022: Jacksonville

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Temperate weather, top-ranked schools, beach access and international cuisines describe many cities in Florida. SouthState’s bankers in Jacksonville, however, feel their city offers something special to those looking to relocate. Bankrate’s Best Places to Live 2022 agrees, placing Jacksonville 10th on their list.

Though it’s the largest city in the United States by land, stretching 840 square miles, our bankers tout Jacksonville’s small-town feel. Mortgage Banker Bryan Robles explains each area has a distinct flavor from the beachfront to Town Center to San Marco.
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These are 3 major areas each with a local (sense/atmosphere), so you have the benefits of a large city yet also a strong community.

Bryan Robles, Mortgage Banker

Robles adds that the housing market has exploded over the past year with no signs of slowing down. As schools continue to improve, Jacksonville is also becoming a high-tech hub that’s drawing in an influx of remote workers. In fact, commercial tech firm Dun & Bradstreet announced that they were moving their corporate headquarters to Jacksonville from New Jersey, bringing approximately 500 new jobs.

“As far as value for the dollar, Jacksonville continues to have a ton of upside,” Robles says.

Regional President Mitch Hunt credits the city’s climate and relatively low cost of living for making Jacksonville a desirable place. “Jacksonville is a great place to live because of its relative affordability, good climate, the many different parts of town that are all very attractive in their own ways, and most of all, because of the hospitality of our residents towards one another and newcomers,” he adds.

With such a large geographic area, potential residents have a variety of options when it comes to where they find a home. Jacksonville offers urban high-rise condo living, beach life, riverfront housing, and even rural areas of town.

The city, of course, does get its fair share of visitors seeking warm weather. One of Jacksonville’s popular communities, Neptune Beach, houses three of Hunt’s favorite spots to grab a bite one block from the ocean: Restaurant Doro, Mezza Luna, and North Beach Fish Camp

“Each restaurant offers a unique dining experience, with Restaurant Doro being chef-owned and operated, and North Beach Fish Camp and Mezza Luna being owned and operated by local restauranteurs,” Hunt says. “The most difficult decision is deciding which of these to visit.”

Jacksonville has all walks of life represented. This melting pot creates avenues for a wide variety of viewpoints, art and culture. Whether people are on vacation or looking to move to the area, Robles feels they will find what they’re looking for in this “conservative yet modern” city.

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