You have been given some great links to sites to help you determine the safest areas of Jacksonville. Another factor in determining location for anyone with children is what the school grades are. Here is a link to Florida School Grades.
In the Jacksonville area, Clay and St. Johns Counties are considered overall the best schools. However, Duval County's Stanton College Preparatory and Paxon High School consistently score in the tops nationally for test scores by US News & World Report. They are magnet schools and entrance is very competitive.
Your money will probably go further in Clay County than St. Johns County as a general rule, however there are always exceptions. We work with many relocating buyers and have extensive knowledge of both Clay, Duval and St. Johns counties, as longtime residents who have raised children here.
If this is helpful to you, please contact us for a Relocation Guide and more information to help you make the best decision for your family's lifestyle.
Sharon Alters, GRI, CDPE
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty
Thank you for interest in moving to Jacksonville "Where Florida Begins". I see you have already been provided accurate and helpful information from other agents in the area. A relocation guide of Jacksonville may also be helpful, therefore, please respond to my email and I'll gladly forward one to you. If schools are important, the relocation guide will also provide websites for your convenience. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Listed are a couple of Jacksonville City's homepage with the city's information and statistics:
Once you've done your research, contact an agent. You should be given a series of questions of what are important you and/or your grandchildren when looking for a new home. We'll be able to answer those questions and find communities that will fulfill your criteria. I hope you find this bit helpful, if you have any other concerns contact any of us and we are happy to guide you in your home purchasing experience.
Good luck and best wishes!