THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Jacksonville For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Jacksonville are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Jacksonville.
Best Neighborhoods In Jacksonville

Jacksonville's crime rate is currently 53% above the national average; it is, afterall, one of the biggest cities in America. So, if you're thinking about moving to the River City, you should definitely look at HomeSnacks' list of the best neighborhoods for 2020 first.

Yes, folks, HomeSnacks' list of the best neighborhoods in Jacksonville brings light to the city's finest. These Jacksonville gems are some of the safest, they have many of the city's most educated inside their crosswalks and sidewalks and this is evident by the high paying jobs that keep median income levels around $50,766.42857142857. Not to mentions, there's a bunch of stuff to do in these places too. To get this list, we looked at the latest FBI data, Census report, and BLS for Jacksonville's 196 neighborhoods.

These Jax neighborhoods are not the city's cheapest by any means. To live in neighborhoods that made our list like Ortega Forest or Julington Creek, you're going to have to make at least $50,766.42857142857/year to afford the $141,855.18367346938 price tag on a home in these two areas.

But, it's worth it. Jacksonville's best neighborhoods are doing great things. Jacksonville Beach has a jammin' Country Music Fest every June and the Florida Stem Expo in Neptune Beach brings students from all over the state to showcase their skills in science and engineering.

At this point, we know that you don't need any more reasons to make the move to one of Jacksonville's best neighborhoods, but you do need to take a look below at our list before you make any final decisions.

If you don't want to commit to buying a home in any one of Jacksonville's best neighborhoods, renting in florida is a great option to test this city's Atlantic Coast waters, too. Either way, we're pretty sure after you peruse our list of the best neighborhoods in Jacksonville, you won't wait another second to make the move.

And the number one best neighborhood in Jacksonville? Drum roll...according to the latest data, that would be Saint Johns Bluff. If you're thinking of making the move to Florida, this would be a good choice.

To see how the rest of Jacksonville's best neighborhoods played out, take a look below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Jacksonville

Population: 1,291
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $250,000 (21st best)
Median Income: $96,857 (Seventh best)
More on Saint Johns Bluff: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,013
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $334,250 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $97,366 (Sixth best)
More on Ortega Forest: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,790
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $309,500 (12th best)
Median Income: $78,043 (21st best)
More on Isle Of Palms: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,733
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $168,300 (53rd best)
Median Income: $63,294 (43rd best)
More on Secret Cove: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,588
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $242,275 (22nd best)
Median Income: $91,294 (Ninth best)
More on Julington Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 18,486
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $228,686 (26th best)
Median Income: $73,717 (27th best)
More on Beach Haven: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 19,692
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $322,865 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $70,023 (36th best)
More on Jacksonville Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 9,564
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $385,900 (First best)
Median Income: $79,638 (19th best)
More on Atlantic Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,027
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 19)
Median Home Value: $219,350 (30th best)
Median Income: $73,786 (26th best)
More on Cobblestone: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,330
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 8)
Median Home Value: $348,450 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $72,096 (32nd best)
More on Neptune Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Jacksonville, FL Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Jacksonville, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 196 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Jacksonville." We're lookin' at you, Saint Johns Bluff.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Jacksonville, Florida has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Jacksonville

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Jacksonville where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Jacksonville aren't all good. Midtown takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Jacksonville.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Jacksonville For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Saint Johns Bluff 1,291 $250,000 $96,857
2 Ortega Forest 2,013 $334,250 $97,366
3 Isle Of Palms 2,790 $309,500 $78,043
4 Secret Cove 6,733 $168,300 $63,294
5 Julington Creek 6,588 $242,275 $91,294
6 Beach Haven 18,486 $228,686 $73,717
7 Jacksonville Beach 19,692 $322,865 $70,023
8 Atlantic Beach 9,564 $385,900 $79,638
9 Cobblestone 5,027 $219,350 $73,786
10 Neptune Beach 5,330 $348,450 $72,096
11 Avondale 4,049 $308,400 $76,474
12 Hidden Hills 3,322 $161,850 $71,512
13 Miramar 2,025 $367,825 $102,356
14 Loretto 7,883 $129,850 $59,093
15 Holiday Harbors 1,506 $320,500 $88,462
16 Golden Glades-The Woods 17,311 $185,244 $65,776
17 Atlantic Highlands 1,070 $320,500 $88,462
18 Gilmore 1,175 $224,300 $91,154
19 Ortega 1,164 $357,733 $99,424
20 Deerwood 7,464 $348,850 $112,246
21 Beacon Hills And Harbour 1,191 $241,000 $91,047
22 East Arlington 18,408 $179,483 $77,265
23 University Park 2,749 $148,650 $38,725
24 Monclair 443 $341,000 $120,577
25 Mandarin 7,185 $283,125 $97,398
26 Greenland 8,678 $273,567 $86,860
27 Blaunt-Quarantine Island 4,111 $218,950 $89,477
28 Girvin 6,102 $214,260 $77,849
29 Clifton 1,492 $186,700 $39,722
30 Mandarin Station-Losco 11,726 $169,300 $68,819
31 Woodmere 2,858 $140,550 $52,448
32 Del Rio 12,295 $165,900 $62,955
33 Deercreek 3,412 $297,300 $78,543
34 Fairfax 1,782 $261,433 $71,388
35 Pickwick Park 1,969 $223,100 $61,050
36 Brown Island 1,145 $196,900 $87,907
37 Fort Caroline Shores 4,035 $194,867 $73,068
38 Southwood 2,906 $163,000 $38,688
39 Eagle Bend 4,671 $179,000 $73,094
40 Sandalwood 19,937 $143,912 $54,829
41 North Beach 12,949 $229,312 $57,259
42 San Jose Forest 1,049 $260,600 $89,456
43 Arrowhead 4,207 $145,100 $49,301
44 Pecan Park 4,043 $198,400 $68,676
45 Crystal Springs 8,541 $170,233 $61,357
46 Colony Cove 487 $224,300 $91,154
47 Jamestown 2,074 $188,350 $57,762
48 Copper Hill 1,674 $149,300 $49,825
49 Goodby's Creek 4,177 $149,500 $51,530
50 Chimney Lakes 14,713 $138,720 $70,966
51 South Riverside 2,022 $147,450 $45,095
52 Sunbeam 6,340 $147,267 $52,706
53 Beauclerc 1,071 $288,800 $94,786
54 Venetia 1,478 $216,850 $68,306
55 Riverside 5,967 $186,689 $53,078
56 Craven 8,392 $138,440 $49,383
57 Arlington Hills 6,303 $130,550 $54,972
58 Brooklyn 477 $325,300 $25,320
59 San Marco 2,405 $281,360 $77,215
60 Southside 2,003 $240,300 $56,331
61 Jacksonville Farms-Terrace 6,966 $157,950 $53,897
62 Tiger Hole-Secret Woods 2,722 $135,500 $66,749
63 The Cape 4,053 $179,000 $73,094
64 Brierwood 1,801 $166,450 $59,104
65 Arlingwood 5,605 $119,180 $51,943
66 Rolling Hills 4,772 $99,700 $56,999
67 Biscayne 4,180 $119,200 $41,017
68 Normandy Estate 6,169 $123,900 $51,935
69 Baymeadows 10,859 $97,033 $47,072
70 Charter Point 4,162 $186,600 $41,250
71 Jacksonville Heights West 3,487 $160,300 $48,203
72 Alderman Park 4,035 $130,600 $58,734
73 Cisco Gardens 1,454 $191,700 $54,926
74 Fairways Forest 2,672 $139,700 $43,995
75 Lakewood 4,107 $186,400 $47,432
76 Eastport 2,166 $135,900 $58,617
77 Sans Pareil 8,233 $133,333 $69,307
78 Bulls Bay 1,147 $144,100 $50,507
79 San Mateo 1,973 $133,200 $56,173
80 Oak Haven 1,021 $124,100 $57,500
81 Park Ridge 1,504 $149,200 $51,032
82 Holly Oaks 1,800 $142,667 $59,907
83 Imeson Park 1,299 $151,000 $57,292
84 Oceanway 5,476 $166,400 $73,262
85 University Club 816 $199,900 $42,804
86 Glynlea-Grove Park 5,829 $134,467 $46,053
87 Love Grove-Riviera Manor 1,347 $123,900 $59,500
88 Settlers Landing 5,389 $115,033 $59,269
89 Osceola Forest 1,510 $80,600 $51,731
90 Jacksonville Naval Air Station 2,836 $164,100 $49,539
91 Fort George Island 279 $217,900 $63,125
92 Saint Nicholas 1,470 $134,400 $49,758
93 Sans Souci 6,021 $120,133 $37,838
94 Biscayne Terrace 2,865 $119,100 $42,412
95 Lake Lucina 5,243 $89,467 $48,383
96 Hogan 588 $157,700 $45,438
97 Jacksonville North Estate 491 $134,300 $58,294
98 Picketville 1,127 $122,600 $51,462
99 Jacksonville Heights South 4,484 $156,533 $58,618
100 Herlong 3,691 $131,600 $60,274
101 Spring Glen 2,649 $86,400 $27,365
102 Atlantic Boulevard Estates 4,483 $108,667 $44,187
103 Ortega Farms 3,234 $140,700 $43,137
104 Duval 3,629 $97,300 $60,032
105 Greenfield Manor 1,828 $119,900 $52,054
106 Cedar Hills 8,132 $80,283 $47,198
107 Jacksonville Heights 13,479 $87,217 $47,378
108 Empire Point 1,837 $135,600 $30,956
109 Pumpkin Hill 640 $217,900 $63,125
110 Windy Hill 13,286 $111,675 $44,617
111 Murray Hill 9,492 $97,590 $40,021
112 Duclay 5,551 $66,900 $38,702
113 Holiday Hill 7,239 $109,033 $38,003
114 Jacksonville University 2,076 $141,750 $31,724
115 Argyle Forest 4,767 $101,000 $54,908
116 Normandy Manor 5,952 $95,250 $44,644
117 Forest Trails 4,115 $165,800 $51,344
118 Dinsmore 2,914 $144,200 $35,403
119 San Jose 5,659 $58,200 $33,492
120 Lake Forest Hills 2,468 $89,000 $37,683
121 Whitehouse 5,394 $109,950 $60,144
122 Cedar Hills Estate 4,201 $83,525 $40,926
123 Royal Lakes 2,964 $110,900 $41,877
124 Southsuide Estates 9,285 $103,543 $42,431
125 Garden City 944 $119,200 $41,017
126 Deerwood Center 1,113 $111,600 $46,897
127 Duclay Foest 4,090 $103,100 $51,631
128 Sherwood Forest 5,054 $74,633 $32,069
129 Turtle Creek 6,086 $130,375 $41,964
130 Southpoint 3,852 $127,833 $54,827
131 Otis 337 $150,500 $51,982
132 Black Hammock Island 610 $86,800 $44,405
133 Normandy Village 2,401 $84,550 $44,722
134 Oak Hill 8,401 $115,225 $44,771
135 Mcgirts Creek 5,310 $99,575 $49,160
136 Ortega Hills 6,567 $75,800 $45,486
137 Monterey 3,025 $91,167 $27,718
138 Hollyford 865 $170,000 $33,011
139 Regency 4,026 $114,375 $49,661
140 Beachwood 1,566 $112,700 $43,313
141 Lakeshore 4,630 $67,060 $41,255
142 Englewood 8,010 $109,180 $37,619
143 Arlington 4,722 $82,050 $38,196
144 Confederate Point 2,988 $89,600 $41,540
145 Springfield 5,730 $107,625 $28,821
146 Spring Park 5,605 $91,860 $33,947
147 Edgewood Manor 2,165 $86,100 $28,818
148 Downtown Jacksonville 3,501 $76,700 $24,546
149 Brakridge 869 $70,400 $19,192
150 Biltmore 1,871 $105,500 $50,507
151 Hyde Park 8,533 $92,317 $40,435
152 Marietta 2,542 $122,700 $45,988
153 Sweetwater 2,523 $75,900 $49,658
154 Kilarney Shores 1,538 $89,550 $26,814
155 Arlington Manor 4,744 $73,800 $37,554
156 Wesconnett 5,029 $60,675 $32,487
157 Woodland Acres 8,679 $85,700 $30,222
158 Lake Forest 3,120 $86,950 $33,820
159 Riverview 3,925 $76,850 $40,262
160 College Park 1,950 $88,900 $35,000
161 29th And Chase 1,790 $58,250 $25,000
162 Moncrief Park 3,030 $52,167 $19,290
163 Hillcrest 7,522 $80,025 $28,138
164 Kennel Club 1,268 $53,533 $37,417
165 Normandy 697 $64,500 $29,583
166 Grand Park 3,108 $61,200 $35,512
167 Highlands 9,978 $94,314 $38,539
168 Larsen 1,517 $58,500 $31,648
169 Brentwood 5,332 $62,538 $23,363
170 Robinson's Addition 1,398 $53,050 $29,440
171 Mid-Westside 7,026 $54,788 $25,142
172 Carver Manor 2,234 $88,700 $31,916
173 Ribault 3,409 $81,900 $40,639
174 Lincoln Villas 3,815 $85,950 $36,533
175 Mixon Town 1,124 $101,233 $39,578
176 Harborview] 1,824 $77,600 $43,443
177 Commonwealth 1,183 $77,100 $27,768
178 College Gardens 1,548 $43,350 $18,180
179 Tallulah-North Shore 3,671 $62,640 $28,849
180 Magnolia Gardens 3,827 $69,050 $20,672
181 Tallyrand 415 $60,000 $26,339
182 New Town 2,199 $72,575 $25,540
183 Hogan's Creek 3,163 $41,800 $18,637
184 Fairfield 1,113 $55,650 $17,296
185 Royal Terrace 1,831 $59,350 $20,609
186 Panama Park 3,002 $37,900 $29,878
187 45th And Moncrief 3,758 $53,233 $23,219
188 Lackawanna 2,578 $61,325 $22,820
189 Woodstock 4,410 $58,420 $24,008
190 Longbranch 1,614 $62,650 $20,966
191 Phoenix 1,094 $48,100 $20,652
192 Cranzel T Brown Park 286 $58,900 $29,545
193 Edgewood 1,150 $66,767 $26,694
194 East Jacksonville 2,371 $38,933 $29,288
195 Allendale 1,708 $55,800 $30,833
196 Midtown 129 $34,400 $30,875

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.