The Jacksonville Metro Area has experienced outstanding growth during the past 10 years. Like most Florida cites, it experienced a significant slow down during the years that are often referred to as the great recession (2007-2009). Of course, Florida was not the only State to experience similar setbacks and a stall, but Florida and Jacksonville in particular have returned with a strong and well managed economic business model for long term sustainability and economic development.
Jacksonville's location, as the gateway into Florida, with the St Johns River to the west and Atlantic ocean to the east provide the city with vital resources for both work and fun. Jacksonville is now home to many regional companies in virtually all business sectors and continues to attract major employers like GE and other fortune companies.
The greater Jacksonville area (like many Florida cites) is experiencing significant population growth as baby boomers, and international buyers are moving to the sunshine state. The current population (2014-2015) for Jacksonville/Duval county is approximately 825,000. Projections are now suggesting that the area will grow by 50% between 2015-2030. As a result the city continues planning and development to offer both business and residents alike a quality lifestyle at affordable costs.
If you are considering relocating, Jacksonville should definitely be on your "short list". It's ever changing diversity, growth, mild climate and differing neighborhoods(something for everyone), makes Jacksonville a top choice to relocate.