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Discover Jacksonville 2017

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WELCOME Riverside artist Shaun Thurston hangs "Hemming Terrarium," a 150-foot mural in downtown Jacksonville's Hemming Park. (Bruce Lipsky/ Florida Times-Union) High marks for our city Jacksonville receives accolades for cost of living, cuisine, entrepreneurship and more. Jacksonville is an area on the rise. With a low cost of living and all the amenities of a big city, Jacksonville is the ideal place to live and work. Well-known publications (like Forbes magazine) see Jacksonville’s accomplishments and potential, and acknowledge this city as a major player. Here’s a look at rankings from the last few years: • Forbes magazine listed Jacksonville as No. 23 of “25 Cities Where Your Paycheck Stretches the Farthest” in 2016. The ranking takes into consideration cost of living, median base salary and median home value. • In 2016, Forbes Travel Guide ranked Jacksonville as one of “5 Surprising Foodie Cities to Visit Right Now.” The guide boasted about Jacksonville’s fresh seafood and “melting pot of cuisines” that can be found all over the city. • Business Insider named Jacksonville No. 16 of “the 24 best places to live in the South — the region that's becoming the best place to live in America” in 2016. • In March 2016, Business Insider named Jacksonville as No. 34 in “The 50 best places to live in America.” It called attention to Jacksonville’s beach-adjacent location, prime golf courses and nearby parks. • A study conducted by the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business found Jacksonville is more conducive to startup business success than many cities such as Moscow, Miami, Atlanta and Tel Aviv, Israel. • The Airports Council International (ACI), which represents airport interests with governments and international organizations, announced its expanded 2015 Airport Service Quality Award winners in 2016, ranking airports around the world based on more than 550,000 surveys. Jacksonville ranked at No. 2 for Best Airport by Region: North America Category. • In 2015, the Huffington Post named Jacksonville No. 1 of five top secretly cool cities where you can still get in on the ground floor. • Forbes magazine ranked Jacksonville No. 1 on list of “U.S. Cities Where Hispanics Are Doing the Best Economically” in 2015. The ranking was based on several factors, including median household income ($50,171), home ownership rate (54.9 percent) and share who are selfemployed (17.1 percent). • In CBRE Group, Inc.’s “North America Ports Logistics Annual Report,” Jacksonville ranked among the top 15 North American ports based on port infrastructure capabilities and strength of industrial real estate market in 2015. • gave Jacksonville a B in its annual Small Business Friendliness survey in 2015. The study, which draws data from nearly 18,000 small business owners, provides insights into business environments across the nation. Jacksonville received particularly high marks for tax code friendliness (an A-). • Jacksonville ranked as the fifth-best city to find work in the U.S. by Forbes magazine in May 2015. Logistics and industrial jobs were among the strongest job markets found in Jacksonville. Other cities that ranked at the top were Austin, Texas; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Charlotte, N.C. • Similar to the last ranking, in May 2014, Jacksonville was recognized by Forbes magazine as No. 4 in “The Top Cities for Finding Employment Right Now.” Top industries hiring were professional and business services, financial activities and health care. 8 | 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE

WELCOME Living the good life How cost of living stacks up Here are cost-of-living comparisons between Jacksonville and selected other cities from the October 2016 Cost of Living Index from C2ER: The Council for Community and Economic Research ( This quarterly survey measures the differences in the cost of six major expenditures (grocery items, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services). The average is 100 for all participating areas; this means that the cost of living in Jacksonville, for example, is 6.5 percentage points below the average. 250% 232 200% 181.9 150% 117.6 100% 50% 0 New York (Manhattan), NY San Francisco, CA Chicago, IL 114.7 103.8 99.4 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Charleston, SC Houston, TX 98.6 Phoenix, AZ Cost of living index comparison 97.6 96.3 95.9 95.7 95.1 94.7 94 Atlanta, GA Austin, TX Charlotte, NC Pittsburgh, PA Nashville-Murfreesboro, TN Raleigh, NC Richmond, VA 94.1 Kansas City, MO 93.5 Jacksonville 92.6 Columbus, OH 92.2 Tampa, FL 89.4 Birmingham, AL Weather to expect Jacksonville’s average high/low: 79.3°F 57.8°F Temperature degrees Fahrenheit (2000-2016) 100° 90° 80° 70° 60° 50° 40° 30° 20° 10° 0° 88% 64.8 41.4 January 87% 68.2 44.7 February 87% 73.7 49.7 March 87% 79.2 54.7 Temperature/humidity in Jacksonville Normal daily high Normal daily low Average morning relative humidity percentage April 86% 85.5 62.7 May 89.9 88% 70 June 92 89% 72.6 July 92% 90.9 72.7 August 92% 86.9 69.5 September 91% 80.4 60.5 October 90% 73.5 50.9 November 89% 66.6 43.9 December 100% Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office and the Southeast Regional Climate Center 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Humidity percentage 10 in. 8 in. Normal monthly precipitation in Jacksonville 6.45 6.55 6.80 8.19 Average monthly rainfall in Jacksonville 6 in. 4 in. 2 in. 3.30 3.19 3.95 2.64 2.48 3.93 2.11 2.80 0 in. January December November October September August July June May April March February Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office (Stats based on 2000-2016) 4.36 in. 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE | 9