Jacksonville has been highly ranked by numerous independent organizations and publications. From its low tax burden to high quality of life, Jacksonville soars above other cities in side-by-side comparisons. This translates into big returns for Jacksonville companies and an inherent advantage over their out-of-town competition.

Here is just a sample of Jacksonville's many rankings and accolades:

  • No. 1 "10 Hottest Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2017" (Trulia - 2016)
  • “5 Surprising Foodie Cities to Visit Right Now” (Forbes Travel Guide - 2016)
  • No. 16  “24 Best Places to Live in the South…” (Business Insider – 2016)
  • No. 34 “The 50 best places to live in America” (Business Insider – 2016)
  • JAX - No. 2 “Best Airport by Region: North America Category” (Airport Council International – 2016)
  • Top cities and regions in the world for fostering successful startup businesses (USC – Marshall School of Business – 2016)
  • Laura Street – “One of America’s Five Great Streets” (American Planning Association – 2015)
  • “Top Secretly Cool City Where You Can Still Get in on the Ground Floor” (Huffington Post - 2015)
  • Jacksonville ranks fifth best city to find work in the U.S. (Forbes – 2015)
  • Jacksonville ranks among top 15 North American ports based on port infrastructure capabilities and strength of industrial real estate market (CBRE Group, Inc.’s “North America Ports Logistics Annual Report” – 2015)
  • Jacksonville ranks No. 1 on list of “U.S. Cities Where Hispanics Are Doing The Best Economically” (Forbes - 2015)
  • Jacksonville was named the “Best U.S. City to Start a Business.” (Wallethub.com, 2014)
  • Jacksonville was ranked the second-best city to save money. (GoBankingRates.com, 2014)
  • Jacksonville was No. 1 on the "Most Improved Markets" list from September 2012 to September 2013 and No. 16 on the "Top U.S. Economies" list.  (On Numbers Economic Index, 2013)
  • Forbes ranked Jacksonville No. 3 on its list of top 10 cities to find a job. (2013)
  • Jacksonville was ranked the most small business friendly city in Florida. (Kauffman Foundation - 2013)
  • Forbes ranked Jacksonville No. 2 in the nation for technology services jobs growth. (2013)
  • Jacksonville was named one of the top ten "Best Big Cities for Homeownership." (NerdWallet - 2013)