Jacksonville is a great small/mid sized city especially for families. I like it here a lot. But ( theres always a but) it is a tough job market here. Even when the economy was hot most of my friends who graduated college went to Atlanta or Charlotte for their first jobs. I was lucky to find a good job in town. I am not sure what line of work you are in but I would come down for a job hunt first and see how that works out.
Other than that the area is great - nice beaches and river front, fishing, diving, surfing. Jags NFL in the fall, great weather, great community at the beaches ( I am sure other areas of town are great too I just do not live there )
This is the best time to move to Jacksonville... especially if you have family members living in the area.
I moved here a little over a year ago and couldn't be happier. It's nice to have others to fall back on when you come to a new community and the resources they've provided for me has helped me immensely.
If I can be of assistance to you, please do not hestiate to contact me.
Repost from Monday, March 29, 2010
What is the real estate concern? As simple as it sounds, I would check with the chamber of commerce for their relocation book which usually includes employers, real estate, etc. I would also look at monster.com and careers.com for job prospects. As far as general information, the visitor bureau will have most of what information you need, including area maps and points of interest. You could even map the new business districts. For new homes check out http://www.newhomesource.com. Other than that, I would say the best thing to do is to spend a few months living/renting here to try it out first, don't jump in with both feet. Realtors know the area but we don't know you and your likes/dislikes so it's too subjective. Living, shopping, and touring homes will give you a good idea about communities.
Cathy Bureau, MBA, REALTOR, Green, SFR
GREEN Home Realty
If youâ€™re moving for personal reasons only then it doesnâ€™t matter about the job situation; honestly, there are jobs in most cities you just have to be patient and be flexible. However, if you are looking for a great, warm climate, family focused place to live that happens to have the 2nd best economy in the country (Austin is 7.2% unemployment), then San Antonio might be worth considering (7.4% unemployment). Check out this article from the San Antonio Business Journal that I linked.
Cathy Bureau, MBA, REALTOR, Green, SFR
GREEN Home Realty
Well, you'll never know until you try. We moved here from Seattle a few years ago and, while jobs are not as great and pay is not as high, there are some wonderful things, too. The weather makes up for a lot of the differences.
Come on down! Try it..........
Lynn Brier-De La Cruz, REALTOR
The best decisions are made in view of need, the collection of information, and an evaluation of all the information currently available.
At this time, if your sole source of information is your family's encouragement, you would be well advised to explore beyond this. Possible the best information is firsthand information that is collected by you.....this you should be able to rely on with certainty.
For this reason we would strongly recommend planning a visit to the area to collect information and come to your own conclusion about the opportunities available and your fondness for the location.
Once you have accomplished this, your options should be able to be seen with greater clearity.
Having family here makes any move easier as you know people that can help you get acclimated to the area. The greater Jacksonville area is a very diverse economy with jobs in logistics and distribution, customer service, financial processing centers, medical services and hospitals, tourism and entertainment, as well as a large military sector supporting the two naval bases here. There are also two great universities here in Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida plus a few community colleges where you could study and seek additional skills if that was important to you. Like many other parts of the country the unemployment level right now is hovering around 10% or more, so you want to make sure you have skills that would be in demand.
The weather is great here with the summers being your typical Florida type summer with temperatures in the 80's and 90's and lots of sun, while the winters are moderate with typical temperatures in the 50's or 60's during the day (and some days that dip into the 30's and 40's). There are lots of activities here from golfing, surfing, fishing, boating, hiking, and various sports leagues. The city has an NFL football team, Jacksonville Jaguars, that are one of the best deals in the league as far as ticket prices go. The city also has a minor league baseball team, the Jacksonville Suns, that is a farm team to the Florida Marlins.
I've lived here for 12 years now with my wife and kids. We had a few opportunities to relocate to other areas but chose to stay in Jacksonville because of the great weather, activities, friendly people, and good economic conditions here.
If you'd like to learn more about the area, please visit my website http://www.ScottSullivanRealEstate.com and click on the various links to learn more about the community.
When you do relocate here give me a call, I'd be happy to help you find a place to call home.
Prudential Network Realty
3535 Highway 17 Suite 10
Fleming Island, FL 32003
If your family will put you up down in florida you would not be to much further behind I would not think. Anywhere you go in the country odds are high that unemployment is around 10% there. It is a tough time to move and find a job. It is a tough time to stay and find a job. No matter what you choose to do it is a gamble. I would gamble with family.
www,city-data.com it gives a good overview of any town or city you type in.
search for jobs there below
Jacksonville, Florida Unemployment Rate and Jobs
Economy at a Glance Jacksonville Florida
Floridaâ€™s Unemployment at Record Level (march 28 2010)