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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
On the Northeastern Florida Coast, Touristy Jacksonville Beach Has Classic White Strips of Sand and a Fun Boardwalk
Jacksonville Beach was known for many years as Pablo Beach. Just to the east of Jacksonville in northeastern Florida, it was originally developed as a seaside resort in late-1800s.
Most people come to Jacksonville Beach for the surf, sand and sun. The beaches are classic white strips, and they are often crowded with residents and vacationers. The touristy, colorful Jacksonville Beach Boardwalk has funky accessory stores, food stands and surf shops. The Jacksonville Beach Pier stretches for a quarter mile into the water and is wheel chair accessible. It has fish cleaning stations and a concession area. The beautiful Jacksonville Beach Club Golf Course is open to all. The J. Johnson Gallery showcases emerging artists, and the Players by the Sea Theatre is the community playhouse. Streets are lined with palm trees and housing includes beach condos, bungalows and pastel Mediterranean mansions.
Population: 24,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 33%
Cost of Living: 47% above the national average
Median Home Price: $675,000
Climate: Jacksonville Beach has a humid, subtropical climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, and a trolley provides service between Jacksonville Beach and neighboring beach towns.
Crime Rate: Slightly above the national average
Public Library: No, but neighboring Neptune Beach, about three miles away, has a library.
Political Leanings: Nearly split down the middle
College Educated: 49%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The city occasionally floods during the rainy season, which runs from June to November. Hurricanes are always a possibility and in September, 2022, Hurricane Ian brought localized flooding and caused significant beach erosion.
Notes: East and south Jacksonville Beach are the nicest areas. The population has grown 10% during the last decade. Home prices have decreased 2% since the last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
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