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 72,876 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Jacksonville is the 14th largest community in North Carolina. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Jacksonville, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Jacksonville, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Jacksonville’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Jacksonville does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $47,483.00.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Jacksonville, employing 21.52% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Accommodation and Retail industries employ 16.24% and 15.40% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
Of important note, Jacksonville is also a city of artists. Jacksonville has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Jacksonville’s character.
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.
One of the benefits of Jacksonville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.59 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
In terms of college education, Jacksonville is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.86% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Jacksonville in 2018 was $24,879, 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 $99,516 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 19.11% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Jacksonville include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Jacksonville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.