Jacksonville, NC

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Living in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 72,436 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Jacksonville is the 14th largest community in North Carolina. Jacksonville has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Jacksonville, where the median household income is $44,956.00.

Jacksonville is a military town: the armed forces employs 21.20% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Accommodation and Retail are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 16.46% and 13.40% of the civilian workforce respectively.

One thing that you will notice about Jacksonville is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Jacksonville a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Jacksonville is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.88 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Jacksonville are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.12% of adults in Jacksonville having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Jacksonville in 2018 was $23,092, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,368 for a family of four. However, Jacksonville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Jacksonville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Jacksonville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Jacksonville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Jacksonville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.33% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Jacksonville include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Jacksonville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.