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Duval County , including the cities of Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach, has one of the lowest overall costs of living in Florida and the U.S. The area's cost of living is 92.6 percent of the national average, with housing and utilities being the best bargains. The median age of Jacksonville residents is 35.3. The average household income is $50,475, while the median household income is $40,792. The city's appeal has been reinforced by national media, including a steady ranking among the "top ten best places to live" by Money magazine. Plus, for the second time in fours years, Jacksonville tops Expansion Management Magazine's list of "America's Hottest Cities."

Median Housing Price, New Luxury Home (Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area) $227,327
Based on 3-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot home.
Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index (1st Quarter, 2005)

Median Housing Price, New & Resale Homes (Jacksonville MSA) $164,400.
Source: National Association of Realtors, 2005

Median Apartment Rent (Jacksonville MSA) $717
Based on 2-bedroom, 950-square-foot apartment.
Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index (1st Quarter, 2005)

The area's residential real estate specialists are invaluable to prospective homeowners and can direct buyers to neighborhoods with the right mix of amenities, including proximity to schools, churches, shopping, transportation and recreational opportunities. Dedicated residential relocation professionals of note include Prudential Network Realty, Coldwell Banker/Walter Williams, and Watson Relocation Services. For more information, please contact one of these residential real estate companies or visit the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.

Prudential Network Realty
Linda Lindenmoyer, CRP, GMS
Director of Relocation and Business Development
(800) 456-8036 or (904) 296-1906

Coldwell Banker Walter Williams Realty Inc.
Relocation Services
Sharon Juhasz, CRB, CRS, CRP, Vice President of Relocation Services
(904) 262-0800 or (800) 261-SOLD/7653

Watson Relocation Services
Carlotta Landschoot, CRP, CPA, Relocation Director
(904) 596-5900 or (800) 874-9776

GMAC Vanguard Real Estate
Kim Wakenshaw, Relocation Director
(904) 278-2998 or (877) 423-7653


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