Right over the border from Georgia, Jacksonville, Florida is often forgotten when people discuss cities throughout Florida. However, there are some excellent options and offerings available to anyone who decides to rent an apartment here. Best of all, the apartments are considerably less expensive than what you would find in other cities in Florida of Jacksonville's size.
It is possible to rent out a condo in one of the downtown skyscrapers with a view of the ocean for a third of the price of what you would pay in Miami or other areas of southern Florida. While you might not have the same nightlife in Jacksonville as you do in other areas of Florida, there are still some excellent entertainment options, and there is even the professional NFL franchise, the Jaguars, for you to take in a game during the season.
Public transportation is decent, although the state of Florida has never been known for its outstanding public transportation. Jacksonville, as one of the newer cities in the state does have an improved bus line and you are more likely to reach your destination on time in Jacksonville than any of the other major cities in Florida. However, it is also an excellent city to drive in. Despite the size, the traffic is not bad in the city and you can drive to just about anywhere.
There are a large number of tech based jobs throughout the city, plus it is a growing city for younger professionals who still want the sun, but don't want to pay the higher prices found in the rest of the state. Plus, as it is an hour south of Savannah, Georgia, it is close to excellent historical sights and vacation getaways, no matter what you're looking for. This makes Jacksonville a happy medium for anyone wanting to find an affordable apartment.Source: The Jacksonville, FL housing data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).