If you’re searching for a clean, fun, and affordable place to live in North Carolina, then Jacksonville might be the perfect place for you. Due to the large number of military personnel who live here (Marine Force Base Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station are located in Jacksonville), this small coastal city of just 71,000 is the youngest city in the U.S., with an average age of just 22.8 years. It’s a youthful and vibrant city, but there’s still plenty to do and experience for people of any age.
Reasons to Move to Jacksonville, NC
1) Festivals and Events
Jacksonville’s city calendar is full of festivals and events, and with an active nightlife and tons of outdoor activities, there’s always something to do. Residents’ most anticipated annual events include Spring Festival, Jacksonville’s Jamboree, Oktoberfest, Winterfest, National Night Out, and the New River Splash at Riverwalk Crossing Park. The Marine Corps Half Marathon is a special event where residents can “run with the heroes” and receive a hero’s welcome and medal upon completing the race.
2) Outdoor Recreation
Jacksonville is a coastal city (located less than 30 minutes from some of the region’s most beautiful beaches), so the weather is pleasant year-round. Even in the hot and humid summers the breeze from the Atlantic cools things down, so there’s always plenty of outdoor options, no matter the time of year. Whether that’s fishing or boating on the New River, visiting the nearby beaches, or enjoying playgrounds, the sports field, and the walking trails at Jacksonville Commons, there’s always a way to enjoy the nice weather.
3) School Choices
There is a wide range of school choices for families with children in Jacksonville. Nearly all the public schools in Onslow County consistently earn a grade of B or above, and there are private and charter school options as well. For those seeking higher education, Coastal Carolina Community College and University of Mt. Olive are local options.
4) Activities for Kids
Aside from the fun of simply playing outside in great weather or going to the beach, there’s plenty of places to bring young kids on the weekends and throughout the summer. Zing Zumm Children’s Museum of Jacksonville offers hands-on learning experiences, Altitude Trampoline Park helps them get their energy out, and at Lynnwood Park Zoo they can see cool animals up close and personal. They’ll never be bored!
5) Green Space
Jacksonville is committed to a clean, healthy environment for its residents and the world. Clean & Green Jacksonville is an initiative that began 10 years ago to improve the appearance, cleanliness, and pride in the City of Jacksonville. The effort helps restore water quality in the New River, keep public spaces mowed and landscaped, and keep city streets clean. The city is also focused on ways to increase recycling, be more energy efficient, and reduce its carbon footprint.
6) Low Cost of Living
Jacksonville, NC is an affordable place to live, driven mainly by the low cost of housing. Here, you’ll pay less for groceries, utilities, transportation, and housing than you would in other parts of the country, and even in other parts of North Carolina. Here it’s easier to save more of your hard-earned dollars.
7) New Homes in Jacksonville, NC
If you’re thinking of moving to Jacksonville, NC, there are plenty of opportunities to buy or build a new home, rather than buy a used, existing home. New homes are more energy-efficient (so that you stay cool and comfortable in the hot summer months), have higher quality construction (they meet or exceed all local building codes), and can be built and designed to your specifications!
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