These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Jacksonville, FL For 2018


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

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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 2018:

  1. Holiday Harbors (Homes)
  2. Atlantic Highlands (Homes)
  3. Beacon Hills And Harbour (Homes)
  4. Ortega (Homes)
  5. Beauclerc (Homes)
  6. Deercreek (Homes)
  7. San Marco (Homes)
  8. Fort Caroline Shores (Homes)
  9. Girvin (Homes)
  10. Avondale (Homes)

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.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Jacksonville for 2018?

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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 177 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, Holiday Harbors.

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

1. Holiday Harbors

Population: 1,441
Median Income: $70,076
Median Home Value: $294,200

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2. Atlantic Highlands

Population: 1,024
Median Income: $70,076
Median Home Value: $294,200

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3. Beacon Hills And Harbour

Population: 1,336
Median Income: $83,551
Median Home Value: $219,900

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4. Ortega

Population: 1,059
Median Income: $102,588
Median Home Value: $340,733

Ortega is a neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, US. It is located south of downtown Jacksonville on a peninsula off the western bank of the St. Johns River. It is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Jacksonville, and is the location of many historic homes and buildings.
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5. Beauclerc

Population: 1,059
Median Income: $115,127
Median Home Value: $296,200

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6. Deercreek

Population: 3,840
Median Income: $87,212
Median Home Value: $318,950

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7. San Marco

San Marco Jacksonville, FL

Population: 2,266
Median Income: $76,398
Median Home Value: $247,560

San Marco is a neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, south of Downtown across the St. Johns River. The neighborhood was formerly the independent city of South Jacksonville until it was annexed by Jacksonville in 1932. The neighborhood is primarily residential, with an integrated commercial sector known as San Marco Square.
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8. Fort Caroline Shores

Fort Caroline Shores Jacksonville, FL

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,792
Median Income: $81,303
Median Home Value: $199,567

Fort Caroline was an attempted French colonial settlement in Florida, located on the banks of the St. Johns River in present-day Duval County. It was established under the leadership of Ren Goulaine de Laudonnire on June 22, 1564, as a new territorial claim in French Florida and a safe haven for Huguenots. The French colony came into conflict with the Spanish, who established St. Augustine in September 1565, and Fort Caroline was sacked by Spanish troops under Pedro Menndez de Avils on September 20. The Spanish continued to occupy the site as San Mateo until 1569.
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9. Girvin

Population: 5,764
Median Income: $79,277
Median Home Value: $226,140

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10. Avondale

Avondale Jacksonville, FL

Population: 4,545
Median Income: $75,499
Median Home Value: $291,343

Avondale was developed later as a new area of Riverside on former Magnolia Plantation land. In 1884 Northern developers planned and platted a community in this area called ‘Edgewood’, however it did not take off and the land was largely undeveloped; hunters still pursued game there until the 1910s. In 1920 an investment group led by Telfair Stockton purchased Edgewood and surrounding land to develop as an exclusive upscale subdivision. Named for Cincinnati’s Avondale neighborhood, plantation of former Edgewood owner James R. Challen, the development was billed as ‘Riverside’s Residential Ideal’, which was ‘…desirable because the right kind of people have recognized its worth and because the wrong kind of people can find property more to their liking elsewhere.’
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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Jacksonville

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

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Jacksonville:

  1. East Jacksonville
  2. Magnolia Gardens
  3. Larsen

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Jacksonville

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Holiday Harbors 1,441 $294,200 1,683 1.7%
2 Atlantic Highlands 1,024 $294,200 1,683 1.7%
3 Beacon Hills And Harbour 1,336 $219,900 2,045 1.3%
4 Ortega 1,059 $340,733 1,683 5.1%
5 Beauclerc 1,059 $296,200 1,683 4.2%
6 Deercreek 3,840 $318,950 1,683 4.6%
7 San Marco 2,266 $247,560 1,683 5.5%
8 Fort Caroline Shores 3,792 $199,567 3,052 4.6%
9 Girvin 5,764 $226,140 2,399 4.8%
10 Avondale 4,545 $291,343 1,683 3.1%
11 Neptune Beach 5,417 $322,150 1,683 3.8%
12 Atlantic Beach 9,277 $352,757 1,683 4.1%
13 Gilmore 1,235 $235,100 2,082 1.1%
14 Fairfax 1,825 $254,100 1,683 2.0%
15 Secret Cove 6,071 $171,800 2,587 4.6%
16 San Jose Forest 1,214 $317,450 1,683 2.9%
17 Saint Johns Bluff 1,018 $196,900 2,508 1.9%
18 Hidden Hills 3,067 $162,450 3,583 2.4%
19 Blaunt-Quarantine Island 3,956 $208,950 2,489 2.8%
20 Isle Of Palms 3,114 $266,750 1,683 3.9%
21 Beach Haven 17,252 $225,729 2,404 2.4%
22 Copper Hill 1,787 $161,900 4,584 3.1%
23 Julington Creek 7,033 $229,700 2,144 2.5%
24 Jacksonville Beach 19,009 $271,718 1,683 3.5%
25 Eagle Bend 4,658 $187,000 3,605 5.3%
26 Miramar 1,660 $349,575 1,683 4.2%
27 Ortega Forest 2,188 $326,400 1,683 6.5%
28 Deerwood 6,910 $343,100 1,683 4.7%
29 Pecan Park 3,853 $154,400 4,071 4.8%
30 The Cape 4,040 $187,000 3,605 5.3%
31 Alderman Park 3,701 $132,233 4,616 11.2%
32 Golden Glades-The Woods 17,034 $180,633 3,437 4.7%
33 Jacksonville Heights South 3,726 $136,167 4,558 10.7%
34 Brierwood 1,792 $161,500 3,834 10.2%
35 Cobblestone 4,511 $197,600 3,525 6.6%
36 Greenland 9,179 $290,533 1,683 5.7%
37 Pickwick Park 1,959 $224,600 1,705 4.8%
38 Mandarin 7,146 $270,075 1,683 5.8%
39 Woodmere 3,248 $150,600 4,286 5.9%
40 Riverside 5,052 $246,044 1,964 4.2%
41 Biscayne Terrace 3,101 $148,650 5,037 4.1%
42 Oceanway 5,389 $170,400 3,641 6.1%
43 East Arlington 17,638 $172,717 3,679 5.5%
44 Love Grove-Riviera Manor 1,040 $155,000 3,539 4.4%
45 Loretto 7,426 $124,250 4,410 4.3%
46 Holly Oaks 1,621 $146,067 4,413 7.0%
47 Southside 1,633 $197,100 2,216 3.7%
48 Jamestown 2,071 $150,100 4,129 5.1%
49 Park Ridge 1,562 $159,900 4,523 7.7%
50 Del Rio 12,250 $165,725 3,486 5.2%
51 Jacksonville Heights West 3,453 $149,100 5,046 5.9%
52 Eastport 2,191 $142,800 4,349 7.4%
53 North Beach 11,941 $221,112 2,775 6.9%
54 South Riverside 2,284 $151,450 4,008 3.5%
55 University Park 2,876 $153,200 4,328 5.4%
56 Lakewood 4,110 $186,029 3,515 5.4%
57 Mandarin Station-Losco 11,529 $169,160 3,900 6.7%
58 Herlong 3,358 $125,400 4,774 7.8%
59 Sandalwood 19,584 $140,650 4,690 5.3%
60 Goodby’S Creek 4,260 $156,767 4,105 7.8%
61 Oak Haven 1,111 $116,400 4,818 10.5%
62 Southpoint 3,447 $127,367 4,888 5.4%
63 Picketville 1,350 $127,700 5,295 2.9%
64 Crystal Springs 8,333 $156,667 4,036 6.0%
65 Whitehouse 4,955 $122,650 5,036 7.6%
66 Arrowhead 3,710 $138,867 4,266 6.9%
67 Jacksonville Farms-Terrace 6,326 $148,100 4,868 8.2%
68 Arlingwood 5,178 $126,220 4,586 4.9%
69 Sunbeam 6,855 $135,833 4,509 6.6%
70 Charter Point 4,254 $186,100 4,036 7.2%
71 San Mateo 2,060 $117,150 4,870 4.0%
72 Tiger Hole-Secret Woods 2,620 $137,250 3,978 4.6%
73 Fairways Forest 2,767 $123,300 4,918 6.1%
74 Jacksonville Naval Air Station 2,553 $130,900 4,850 6.1%
75 Turtle Creek 5,900 $131,250 4,991 7.2%
76 Lincoln Villas 3,409 $117,800 5,616 11.0%
77 Chimney Lakes 15,849 $136,880 4,275 5.8%
78 Dinsmore 2,281 $119,650 4,936 6.0%
79 Venetia 1,918 $206,850 1,865 7.8%
80 Clifton 1,365 $172,900 4,474 7.9%
81 Cedar Hills 8,860 $89,867 5,845 11.5%
82 Duval 3,773 $114,800 5,099 10.5%
83 Windy Hill 12,736 $98,200 5,041 10.3%
84 Sans Souci 5,922 $135,367 4,810 7.3%
85 Glynlea-Grove Park 5,709 $129,367 4,632 7.1%
86 Cisco Gardens 1,713 $149,300 4,420 5.8%
87 Deerwood Center 1,177 $112,300 5,167 4.9%
88 Confederate Point 2,867 $94,167 5,184 11.1%
89 Imeson Park 1,178 $121,500 4,470 6.1%
90 Bulls Bay 1,224 $135,300 4,973 5.9%
91 Normandy Estate 6,383 $125,400 4,937 8.2%
92 Craven 7,677 $143,140 4,546 7.2%
93 Southwood 2,601 $145,800 4,291 7.6%
94 Rolling Hills 5,100 $107,150 4,879 7.6%
95 Hyde Park 7,866 $95,233 5,443 13.3%
96 Argyle Forest 4,836 $101,150 4,874 8.3%
97 Kilarney Shores 1,168 $97,450 5,374 6.4%
98 Baymeadows 10,247 $95,883 4,896 6.7%
99 Saint Nicholas 1,543 $133,550 4,249 6.9%
100 Riverview 3,650 $84,725 5,560 11.1%

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