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:
- Holiday Harbors (Homes)
- Atlantic Highlands (Homes)
- Beacon Hills And Harbour (Homes)
- Ortega (Homes)
- Beauclerc (Homes)
- Deercreek (Homes)
- San Marco (Homes)
- Fort Caroline Shores (Homes)
- Girvin (Homes)
- 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
Median Income: $70,076
Median Home Value: $294,200
2. Atlantic Highlands
Median Income: $70,076
Median Home Value: $294,200
3. Beacon Hills And Harbour
Median Income: $83,551
Median Home Value: $219,900
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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Median Income: $115,127
Median Home Value: $296,200
Median Income: $87,212
Median Home Value: $318,950
7. San Marco
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
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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Median Income: $79,277
Median Home Value: $226,140
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.’
More on Avondale: Real Estate | Data
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:
- East Jacksonville
- Magnolia Gardens
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Jacksonville
|3||Beacon Hills And Harbour||1,336|
|8||Fort Caroline Shores||3,792|
|16||San Jose Forest||1,214|
|17||Saint Johns Bluff||1,018|
|20||Isle Of Palms||3,114|
|32||Golden Glades-The Woods||17,034|
|33||Jacksonville Heights South||3,726|
|44||Love Grove-Riviera Manor||1,040|
|51||Jacksonville Heights West||3,453|
|72||Tiger Hole-Secret Woods||2,620|
|74||Jacksonville Naval Air Station||2,553|