Hello! Thanks for asking about my city, Jacksonville Florida, where Florida begins. I relocated here about 30 years ago and consider myself to be a native. I have lived in three of the surrounding four counties and found them all to be awesome. But what I may consider great, for you, not so much. My suggestion to you is first to take a trip to http://www.city-data.com
This is an incredible website dedicated to provide a ton of information about any city. Crime, schools, just more stats than I would be able to offer. Secondly, if you are able, drive around the neighborhoods that interest you. Third, if possible, rent for the first 7-12 months to get an idea of where you feel comfortable. I have a fairly good working knowledge of the areas in and around Jacksonville, and where I don't, I have associates to help. Give me a call when you are ready to start looking, I can send you some additional information as well. Hope this is helpful, Happy Hunting!