The 10 Best Jacksonville, FL Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Jacksonville.
Best Neighborhoods In Jacksonville

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Jacksonville, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Jacksonville neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Jacksonville are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Jacksonville for 2019:

  1. Saint Johns Bluff (Homes)
  2. Ortega Forest (Homes)
  3. Isle Of Palms (Homes)
  4. Secret Cove (Homes)
  5. Julington Creek (Homes)
  6. Beach Haven (Homes)
  7. Jacksonville Beach (Homes)
  8. Atlantic Beach (Homes)
  9. Cobblestone (Homes)
  10. Neptune Beach (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Jacksonville for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Saint Johns Bluff looks to be the best Jacksonville neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Jacksonville that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Jacksonville.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Jacksonville hoods in 2019

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,291
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 18)
Median Home Value: $250,000 (21st best)
Median Income: $96,857 (7th best)
More on Saint Johns Bluff: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,013
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 31)
Median Home Value: $334,250 (7th best)
Median Income: $97,366 (6th best)
More on Ortega Forest: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,790
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $309,500 (12th best)
Median Income: $78,043 (21st best)
More on Isle Of Palms: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,733
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 20)
Median Home Value: $168,300 (53rd best)
Median Income: $63,294 (43rd best)
More on Secret Cove: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,588
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $242,275 (22nd best)
Median Income: $91,294 (9th best)
More on Julington Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,486
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 19)
Median Home Value: $228,686 (26th best)
Median Income: $73,717 (27th best)
More on Beach Haven: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,692
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 19)
Median Home Value: $322,865 (9th best)
Median Income: $70,023 (36th best)
More on Jacksonville Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,564
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $385,900 (1st best)
Median Income: $79,638 (19th best)
More on Atlantic Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,027
Rank Last Year: 40 (Up 31)
Median Home Value: $219,350 (30th best)
Median Income: $73,786 (26th best)
More on Cobblestone: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,330
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $348,450 (5th best)
Median Income: $72,096 (32nd best)
More on Neptune Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019

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 Beacon Hills And Harbour 1,191 $241,000 $91,047
21 Deerwood 7,464 $348,850 $112,246
22 San Jose Forest 1,049 $260,600 $89,456
23 East Arlington 18,408 $179,483 $77,265
24 University Park 2,749 $148,650 $38,725
25 Monclair 443 $341,000 $120,577
26 Mandarin 7,185 $283,125 $97,398
27 Greenland 8,678 $273,567 $86,860
28 Blaunt-Quarantine Island 4,111 $218,950 $89,477
29 Girvin 6,102 $214,260 $77,849
30 Clifton 1,492 $186,700 $39,722
31 Mandarin Station-Losco 11,726 $169,300 $68,819
32 Woodmere 2,858 $140,550 $52,448
33 Del Rio 12,295 $165,900 $62,955
34 Deercreek 3,412 $297,300 $78,543
35 Fairfax 1,782 $261,433 $71,388
36 Pickwick Park 1,969 $223,100 $61,050
37 Brown Island 1,145 $196,900 $87,907
38 North Beach 12,949 $229,312 $57,259
39 Fort Caroline Shores 4,035 $194,867 $73,068
40 Southwood 2,906 $163,000 $38,688
41 Eagle Bend 4,671 $179,000 $73,094
42 Sandalwood 19,937 $143,912 $54,829
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 Goodby’s Creek 4,177 $149,500 $51,530
49 Copper Hill 1,674 $149,300 $49,825
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 Jacksonville Farms-Terrace 6,966 $157,950 $53,897
61 Southside 2,003 $240,300 $56,331
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 Charter Point 4,162 $186,600 $41,250
70 Baymeadows 10,859 $97,033 $47,072
71 Alderman Park 4,035 $130,600 $58,734
72 Jacksonville Heights West 3,487 $160,300 $48,203
73 Fairways Forest 2,672 $139,700 $43,995
74 Cisco Gardens 1,454 $191,700 $54,926
75 Lakewood 4,107 $186,400 $47,432
76 Sans Pareil 8,233 $133,333 $69,307
77 Eastport 2,166 $135,900 $58,617
78 Bulls Bay 1,147 $144,100 $50,507
79 Oak Haven 1,021 $124,100 $57,500
80 San Mateo 1,973 $133,200 $56,173
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 Glynlea-Grove Park 5,829 $134,467 $46,053
85 Fort George Island 279 $217,900 $63,125
86 Oceanway 5,476 $166,400 $73,262
87 University Club 816 $199,900 $42,804
88 Love Grove-Riviera Manor 1,347 $123,900 $59,500
89 Settlers Landing 5,389 $115,033 $59,269
90 Jacksonville Naval Air Station 2,836 $164,100 $49,539
91 Osceola Forest 1,510 $80,600 $51,731
92 Saint Nicholas 1,470 $134,400 $49,758
93 Sans Souci 6,021 $120,133 $37,838
94 Lake Lucina 5,243 $89,467 $48,383
95 Biscayne Terrace 2,865 $119,100 $42,412
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 Herlong 3,691 $131,600 $60,274
100 Jacksonville Heights South 4,484 $156,533 $58,618
101 Atlantic Boulevard Estates 4,483 $108,667 $44,187
102 Spring Glen 2,649 $86,400 $27,365
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 Pumpkin Hill 640 $217,900 $63,125
108 Jacksonville Heights 13,479 $87,217 $47,378
109 Empire Point 1,837 $135,600 $30,956
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 Duclay Foest 4,090 $103,100 $51,631
127 Deerwood Center 1,113 $111,600 $46,897
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 Oak Hill 8,401 $115,225 $44,771
133 Black Hammock Island 610 $86,800 $44,405
134 Normandy Village 2,401 $84,550 $44,722
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 Beachwood 1,566 $112,700 $43,313
140 Regency 4,026 $114,375 $49,661
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 Hyde Park 8,533 $92,317 $40,435
151 Biltmore 1,871 $105,500 $50,507
152 Marietta 2,542 $122,700 $45,988
153 Sweetwater 2,523 $75,900 $49,658
154 Arlington Manor 4,744 $73,800 $37,554
155 Kilarney Shores 1,538 $89,550 $26,814
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 Hillcrest 7,522 $80,025 $28,138
163 Moncrief Park 3,030 $52,167 $19,290
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 Brentwood 5,332 $62,538 $23,363
169 Larsen 1,517 $58,500 $31,648
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 College Gardens 1,548 $43,350 $18,180
178 Commonwealth 1,183 $77,100 $27,768
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.

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