Best Neighborhoods in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville is the largest city by area in Florida and the United States. By populous, Jacksonville is the larges in Florida and the 11th most populous cities in the United States. Incorporated in 1822, Jacksonville's current economy is based on tourism, healthcare, banking, and insurance. Jacksonville operates the largest urban park system in the United States giving Jacksonville residents access to swimming, boating, fishing and water skiing.

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Temperature

Average High - 80.8, Average Low - 53.1

Sports

Basketball - Giants

Baseball - Suns

Football - Jaguars

Arena Football - Sharks

Crime Rate

The crime rate in Jacksonville has been going down rather consistently since 2009.

Top Neighborhoods

Downtown Jacksonville is comprised of several neighborhoods including Phoenix, Moncrief, Mid-Westside, Midtown, Longbranch, LaVilla, Hoganís Creek, Brentwood, and Brooklyn. Downtown is the business, entertainment, arts and cultural center of Jacksonville. Downtown has seen a tremendous influx of capital investments resulting in entertainment arena, Main Library, and baseball stadium. Today, there are more than 2,000 residential units available ranging from apartments to condominiums, to lofts. Downtown has over 5 miles of riverfront and 3 miles of trails along the riverfront. There are a number of attractions in the downtown area like the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Jacksonville Landing, the Jacksonville Suns, over 100 restaurants, and more than a dozen museums and galleries.

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LaVilla, Jacksonville's first suburb, is a historic neighborhood located west of downtown. Originally an independent city, LaVilla was annexed in 1887. The Great fire of 1901 began in LaVilla, but fortunately, a great portion of the neighborhood was spared. From it's earliest history, LaVilla was a diverse community comprised mostly of African Americans. The neighborhood experienced several decades of growth in entertainment and the music scene. Today, LaVilla continues to be a neighborhood steeped in music, and is undergoing revival. Residents of LaVilla are committed to keeping LaVilla a desirable place to live.

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Sandalwood is a neighborhood is midway between downtown and the beach, or as the locals say, "Halfway between business and pleasure." With streets named after the south pacific islands, Sandalwood was developed in the spring of 1960. Today, Sandalwood continues to be an expanding community. Residents take pride in the community, and a number of today's residents were original to the community. There are even second generation Sandalwood residents which speaks to the charm of the neighborhood. Sandalwood has great housing options, and public transportation is readily available.

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Loretto is a neighborhood in the Mandarin area. Formed by the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine during the days of reconstruction, Loretto began next to the convent. Today, Loretto is a solid thriving community with a variety of stores, shops, restaurants, and bars to meet the daytime and evening needs of the community. Loretto has a very highly regarded public school system, and is a very family focused community. There are parks and natural trains for all resident s of Loretto to enjoy.

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San Marco is a small yet upscale neighborhood located north of Mandarin. San Marco is diverse, both ethnically and economically, and the neighborhood housing stock reflects that same kind of diversity in style and price point. San Marco is culturally and historically significant in the Jacksonville area, and the residents of San Marco take pride in that fact. The center of the neighborhood is the Square. This trendy, artsy area offers shopping, fine dining, galleries, coffee houses, cafes, an entertainment district and independently owned boutiques. One of the great landmarks of the San Marco neighborhood is the San Marco theatre; home to many aspiring artists.

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Avondale is a neighborhood located along the St. John's River. Avondale is known for its tree lined quiet streets and lots of quaint homes. Some of the housing stock in Avondale dates back to the 1920's. Avondale is middle to upper middle class community, with every style of residence available. There are great schools in the area, as well as lots of opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment. There are also independently owned specialty shops, antique stores, cafes to take advantage of. Residents of Avondale are proud of their community and it shows in the way the neighborhood is maintained.

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