If you’re looking for the perfect place to live near Jacksonville, the city that combines southern charm with a laid-back oceanfront lifestyle, we’ve got you covered. We looked at a whole bunch of data to figure out the best Jacksonville, Florida suburbs to live in. In these suburbs, you’ll find beautiful homes, plenty of amenities, and close-knit communities close to the city you love. Let’s take a look at the best of the best.

1. Neptune Beach (tie)

Key Stats:

  • Unemployment rate: 4 percent
  • Average commute time: 23 minutes
  • Total amenities: 426

The oceanfront suburb of Neptune Beach kicks off our list of the best Jacksonville suburbs to live in with plenty of beachfront cottages, sprawling bungalows, and modern townhouses for home buyers. Residents enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, on miles of sandy beaches, and picnics by the lake at the well-maintained, family friendly Jarboe Park. Avid readers can check out a new book at the Beaches Branch Library.

2. Sawgrass (tie)

Key Stats:

  • High school graduation rate: 100 percent
  • Average commute time: 22 minutes
  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,280

Home buyers in the small oceanfront suburb of Sawgrass have a range of great options to choose from. Modern waterfront condos, sprawling Mediterranean style homes, and charming bungalow and craftsman style houses are common. Enjoy numerous waterfront activities on miles of clean, sandy beaches, or hit the links at the top-notch fairways and greens at the sprawling nearby TPC (Tournament Players Club) Sawgrass Golf Course.

3. Palm Valley (tie)

Key Stats:

  • High school graduation rate: 95 percent
  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,653
  • Median home value: $415,000

The sizeable Jacksonville suburb of Palm Valley is tied for third on our list with one of the highest median home values of any place we ranked. Charming craftsman and sprawling Mediterranean style homes are common. Golf enthusiast will love hitting the links at the highly rated fairways and greens at TPC Sawgrass. Avid readers can check out a new book at the St. Johns County Public Library Ponte Vedra Beach Branch.


4. Atlantic Beach (tie)

Key Stats:

  • Unemployment rate: 4.6 percent
  • Total amenities: 789

The oceanfront suburb of Atlantic Beach earns a spot on our list with plenty of amenities for residents to enjoy. Home buyers have their pick of chic modern condos, beachside cottages, and spacious craftsman style homes. Pick up fresh local produce or shop local artists at the Wednesday Market. Arts and culture enthusiasts will love community events like Shakespeare in the Park and Arts in the Park. Residents also enjoy numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment options in the Beaches Town Center.

5. Nocatee (tie)

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k:  750
  • Median household income: $85,354

The small planned residential community of Nocatee rounds out our list of the best Jacksonville suburbs to live in with the lowest crime rate of any place we ranked. Charming craftsman, Mediterranean, and bungalow style homes are common. Residents enjoy convenient shopping, dining, and services in the pedestrian friendly Town Center. Cool off at the Olympic sized pool at the Nocatee Swim Club, or stroll through the tree-canopied nature trails at Greenleaf Park.

Our Methodology

To figure out which Jacksonville suburbs would make the cut, we took a look at the following criteria:

  • Amenities per capita
  • Standard of living (cost of living, median home value, median rent, median household income, and high school graduation rate)
  • Total crimes per 100k
  • Unemployment rate
  • Average commute time

We ranked each suburb in the above categories and averaged the scores. The suburbs with the lowest overall scores made our list of the best Jacksonville suburbs to live in. To see how the rest of the suburbs we ranked measured up, check out the table below: Best Jacksonville Suburbs To Live In Like This Post? You’ll Definitely Love These: