JAX Named One of the Best Places to Live for 2023

With its access to top schools, beautiful outdoors, blend of home sizes and prices, favorable cost of living and so much more, it’s no surprise JAX dominated Niche’s Best Places to Live rankings for 2023. The water-based lifestyle and Northeast Florida location provide an abundance of opportunities for JAX residents to enjoy an ideal work-life balance and other publications like Forbes, Travel + Leisure and U.S. News & World Report are also taking note.

Whether you’re looking to establish roots at the beaches, a downtown vibe or anything in between, the JAX region has it all – from young professionals to growing families, there’s something for everybody to love.

Best Place to Buy a House

Oceanfront, riverfront or inland – a diversity of unique neighborhoods is part of what sets JAX apart from other regions. Based on home values, property taxes, home ownership rates, housing costs and real estate trends, JAX’s Beauclerc and Montclair neighborhoods in the Southside area and Venetia neighborhood in Oretga made it on Niche’s best places to buy a house in Florida list. Each neighborhood fits the bill of providing a high quality of life with significantly lower costs than many others in the state (and country!).

Additionally, the region’s rich diversity in culture, education, sports and entertainment is evident, which is why we continue to grow in popularity year after year. Here, residents can enjoy all the unique aspects of JAX while still residing in a neighborhood that tailors to their specific needs – a win, win – for everyone!

Best Place to Raise a Family

Located in Ponte Vedra between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Nocatee landed the number one spot for the best place to raise a family in Florida. The community is just minutes away from pristine beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway. Nocatee offers residents the opportunity to live, work, go to school, shop and be active all without leaving their neighborhood.

The “Nocatee Lifestyle” encompasses a warm sense of community, enhanced by awesome amenities and daily events. From farmers markets to comedy shows, playdates at the dog park to splashing around the water park, there’s a true sense of belonging as families can come together to experience all the perks the community has to offer. Other neighborhoods in JAX also listed by Niche include Palm Valley (Ponte Vedra), Fruit Cove and Fleming Island.

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Best Public Schools in Florida

When it comes to getting a good education, look no further than JAX: not only is it home to the best school system in Florida, but also some of the best public schools. Palm Valley, Sawgrass, Fleming Island, Fruit Cove and Nocatee all took the top five spots on Niche’s best public schools in Florida listing based on state test scores, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and student and parent reviews. Combine that with top career and technical programs and career academies, children can get a jumpstart on their career pathways early.

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If You Know, You Know

Great neighborhoods, family friendly environments and stellar schools are just some of the many reasons that make JAX great – but don’t just take our word for it. With so many opportunities to get active and explore, be social and live an exceptional life, there’s no doubt it’s time to Find Your JAX and call it home. What are you waiting for?

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