|Named after the seventh President of the United States, Andrew
Jackson, Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida and steeped in American
If you're contemplating a move to The River City, this guide
will offer you plenty of helpful tips and resources to make your transition as
flawless as possible.
Jacksonville ClimateLike many notable cities in the Sunshine
State, Jacksonville is categorized as a humid subtropical climate. During the
winter months, weather is generally mild but can have some short-lived hard
freezes at night. Temperatures range from the mid 40's to low 70's in December,
January and February, and rise between mid 60's and low 80's in the
In contrast, be prepared for high heat indices during the hot
summer months, and frequent thunderstorms during the afternoon hours.
Temperatures are the hottest in July and August, generally in the 80's and 90's.
Jacksonville NeighborhoodsWith over 500 neighborhoods in
Jacksonville and its surrounding areas that include Downtown, LaVilla, Brooklyn,
Springfield, Eastside, San Marco, Riverside and Avondale, there are plenty of
options to suit your living needs.
Over 3,000 people live in the Downtown
Jacksonville area, which is the central business district of Jacksonville, and
often referred to as the historic core of the city. Major corporations like
Fidelity National Financial, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Aetna and Bank of America
are featured in the city, along with City Hall and the Jacksonville Main
For a more suburban feel, you may want to look into Springfield
or the Avondale and Riverside area. Springfield has many residential buildings
and prairie-style homes, historic parks and recreational facilities along
Hogan's Creek, as well as a thriving independent film industry. Avondale and
Riverside, developed from old plantation land, contain many city parks, the
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and an upscale shopping center called the
"Shoppes of Avondale."
Registering Your CarYou have 10 days to register your car in Florida from the
date you begin working in the state, or register a child in a Florida school.
You must have proof of ownership of your vehicle, verification of your VIN
(Vehicle Identification Number), and proof of Florida insurance requirements.
You can register your car at any Florida DMV office location.
You have 30 days to
transfer your existing out-of-state driver's license to a Florida driver's
license. To do so, you will need your primary identification, proof of Social
Security Number and two documents verifying your Florida address. The Florida
DMV issues over 400,000 new resident licenses per year, and advises you to know
your requirements and have your documents ready prior to going to the office.
Jacksonville SchoolsJacksonville's public schools are operated
by Duval County Public Schools and have over 125,000 enrolled. Jacksonville is
also home to two of the top 10 high schools in the US: Stanton College
Preparatory School and Paxon School for Advanced Studies. DCPS is the 15th
largest school district in the US, and sixth largest school district in
Higher education facilities in Jacksonville include: University
of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Edward Waters College, Webster
University, Jones College, Columbia College, Florida Coastal School of Law,
Florida State College at Jacksonville, Remington College, Florida Technical
College, Florida Metropolitan University, St. John's River State College and the
Jacksonville EmploymentBeing that Jacksonville has the largest
deepwater port in the south, and second largest port on the East coast, imports
and distribution comprise much of Jacksonville's industry. The area depends on
financial services, biomedical technology, insurance and consumer goods in
addition to its principal exports like lumber. The city provides 8.5 percent of
national jobs in manufacturing, and its unemployment rate sits slightly below
the national average at 7.4 percent. The Mayo Clinic employs over 5,000 people
and Blue Cross Blue Shield employs over 9,000.
Jacksonville also has a
large military presence, particularly in Naval operations, which is the largest
employer in the city, generating over $6 billion annually.
Living Costs in the CityFor an average family, you will need
approximately $3,000-$4,000 a month for your expenses. Homes in the city can
start at around $100,000 and continue upwards based on residential location.
Homes in Avondale generally run upwards of $300,000. Renting a one bedroom
apartment in Jacksonville can range from $500-$1,000 depending on the area, and
basic utilities can run $150-$300 based on the time of year.
hourly rate for management positions in the area is above $43, computer related
jobs are above $30 per hour, and business jobs average over $25 per hour.
Jacksonville Moving ResourcesJacksonville moving companies and
storage companies are ready to help you with your move, whether you're moving
from out of state or from another county in Florida. Be sure to get estimates
from multiple moving services before you make your decision on which mover is
best for you. Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving
service wisely with important
questions to ask, differentiating between types
of estimates, and mistakes
to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the
Jacksonville TransportationOver 200,000 vehicles travel
Interstate 10 and Interstate 95 daily, making Jacksonville a traffic-heavy city
with most residents depending on their cars for transportation. However, public
transportation is operated by Jacksonville Transportation Authority, which
includes a regular and express bus service at multiple locations throughout the
There are downtown trolleys in addition to the bus system, and the
JTA Skyway people mover. The people mover travels less than three miles from
King Street's parking garage to the Convention Center, and is used as a park and
JTA's bus service travels over 8.5 million miles per year on over
50 routes. For complete list of schedules and fairs for JTA's services, visit
the JTA website.
CSX Transportation and Florida East Coast Railway call
Jacksonville home, as well as a daily Amtrak service.
Culture & Contemporary LifeWhether you're interested in
sports, the arts, film/television or music, Jacksonville has a wide array of
attractions and events to intrigue tourists and locals alike. Home to a number
of performing arts venues, many close to 100 years old, Jacksonville has a
variety of live performances in the Ritz Theatre, Times-Union Center for the
Performing Arts, the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, and the Alhambra
Films such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, G.I. Jane,
Sunshine State and The Devil's Advocate were all shot in Jacksonville due to
filmmakers' attraction to the exotic location, warm weather and convenient rail
systems. NPR and PRX's radio show, State of the Re: Union is also headquartered
Residents and visitors can catch the annual Gator Bowl
in college football, the second largest jazz festival in the nation,
Jacksonville Jazz Fest, and the Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament for fishermen.
Jacksonville is also home to the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, and hosted the
Super Bowl in 2005.
While there isn't any quintessential cuisine
depicting the Jacksonville area, the food culture is ever changing and has a
variety of elements, much like its multicultural inhabitants. In the same day,
you might find yourself dining at a typical southern barbeque restaurant and
later enjoying food from a Jewish deli or Indian restaurant.
Jacksonville Relocation Tips
- If you can afford it, financial experts say it is cheaper to buy than rent
in the city, so do some research on real estate and appropriate loan options for
you before making any housing commitments.
- The weather is warmer, but Jacksonville is also prone to hurricanes and
tropical storms. Have a hurricane kit handy with supplies like flashlights,
batteries, non-perishable food items, blankets, waterproof gear and bottled
- Moving during the winter months is not only economical; it will help you
beat the heat as well. Since June, July and August are considered the hottest
months in Jacksonville, you probably don't want to lug heavy boxes up and
downstairs in 90-degree weather. If you have no other choice, make sure you pace
the move and stay hydrated.
- City of
Learn you need to know about Jacksonville as a new
resident. The website includes information about its government, history,
recreation, business, entertainment and much more.
Information on how to register your car and update your driver's
license as a new Florida resident.
Department of Transportation
Learn all about traffic and parking
regulations in the state of Florida
County Public Schools
Information on the city's school district,
including upcoming events, contact information and a grade portal for students.
Get a fast and easy quote from Jacksonville's most
reputable moving companies at Movers.com.
- The Florida
Jacksonville's local newspaper's online home. Check here for
latest headlines and upcoming events.