Young professionals looking for the perfect place to call home near the charming and lively city of Jacksonville should look no further than this list, because we’ve done the work for you. We looked at a wide array of data to narrow down the best Jacksonville, Florida suburbs for young professionals. In these suburbs, you’ll find plenty of amenities, close-knit communities, and professional opportunities, all close to the city you love. Let’s take a look at the winners.

1. Neptune Beach

Neptune Beach, FL
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Key Stats:

  • Residents age 22-29: 12.9 percent
  • Unemployment rate: 4 percent
The oceanfront suburb of Neptune Beach kicks off our list of the best Jacksonville suburbs for young professionals with one of the lowest unemployment rates of any place we ranked. Home buyers have their pick of beachside cottages, bungalows, and modern townhouses. Avid readers can check out a new book or attend an event at the Beaches Branch Library. Spend your weekends getting back to nature on miles of sandy beaches, or by enjoying a picnic by the lake at Jarboe Park.

2. Orange Park

Orange Park, FL
Source: Town of Orange Park via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Residents age 22-29: 11.3 percent
  • Total amenities: 1,878
The riverside suburb of Orange Park comes in second on our list with plenty of modern townhouses, ranch style homes, and charming cottages for young professional home buyers. Meet new neighbors and enjoy live local talent at annual events like Foodies & Movies. Residents can pick up fresh local produce, shop local craft vendors, or see live entertainment at the Orange Park Farmer’s Market.

3. Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach, FL
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Key Stats:

  • Residents age 22-29: 12.6 percent
  • Total amenities: 2,203
Home buyers in the sizeable oceanfront suburb of Jacksonville Beach have numerous housing options to choose from. Chic modern condos, ranch style homes, and charming craftsman style houses are common. Arts and culture enthusiasts will flock to the J. Johnson Gallery, while nature lovers enjoy a day at the beach or fishing at the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier. Network while you hit the links at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club.

4. Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach, FL
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Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 789
  • Unemployment rate: 4.6 percent
The oceanfront suburb of Atlantic Beach comes in fourth on our list with plenty of amenities to keep young professionals entertained on weekends. Home buyers will find modern condos, beachfront cottages, and craftsman style homes. Enjoy numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment options in the Beaches Town Center, or meet new neighbors at community events like Arts in the Park. Residents can also pick up fresh local produce or shop local arts and crafts vendors at the Wednesday Market.

5. Callahan

Callahan, FL
Source: Wikipedia user Excel23

Key Stats:

  • Cost of living: 96, compared to the Jacksonville average of 100
  • Total amenities: 264
Your hard earned money will go a whole lot further in the small town of Callahan, which had one of the lowest costs of living of any place we ranked. Home buyers have their pick of ranch, bungalow, and craftsman style homes. Callahan is perfect for young professionals looking for a small town vibe just 30 minutes from downtown Jacksonville. Foodies can pick up fresh local produce from the Callahan Farmer’s Market.

Our Methodology

To create this list of the best Jacksonville suburbs for young professionals, we looked at the following criteria:
  • Percent of residents age 22-29
  • Percent of residents who attained a bachelor’s degree
  • Median earnings for those who attained a bachelor’s degree
  • Percent of residents who work in management, business, financial, or other professional fields
  • Cost of living
Then, because some things are just a little more important to young professionals than others, we weighed the percent of residents age 22-29 and amenities per capita to make up 35 percent of our score. Professional opportunity made up 20 percent, and cost of living made up 10 percent. We then averaged those weighted scores into one overall score, and the five lowest overall scores made the cut for this list. Want to see how other Jacksonville suburbs ranked? Check out the table below: Best Jacksonville Suburbs for Young Professionals Like This Post? You’ll Definitely Love These: