If you’d like to live near the water, Jacksonville, Florida might be just what you’re looking for: it has 1,100 miles of shoreline, according to the local visitors bureau.
It seems plenty of other people crave the beach life. Jacksonville’s metro population grew 2.1 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the latest census data. That’s an increase of more than 30,000 people, from 1,448,016 in 2015 to 1,478,212 in 2016.
Duval County contains the city of Jacksonville (and not the entire metro area), and it grew slightly more slowly in that time, by 1.55 percent, for a total of 926,255 residents in 2016.
While some of the growth can be attributed to birth rates and immigration, the big chunk of new residents are movers from within Florida and across the U.S. Another census study, one that spans 2011-2015, tells us where those new residents are coming from.
Would it surprise you to find out a lot of them are coming from other places near the water?
Duval County attracted 49,541 domestic users from 2011 to 2015, with 54 percent coming from outside Florida and 46 percent coming from elsewhere within the Sunshine State.
Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to Duval County:
Movers outside of Florida:
- San Diego County, CA
- Virginia Beach, VA
- Anchorage, AK
- Los Angeles County, CA
- Newport County, RI
Movers from Florida:
- Clay County
- Johns County
- Broward County
- Collier County
- Orange County
Above are the top places inside Florida that people moved to Duval County from over the five-year period 2011-2015. Numbers represent the number of movers from that place during the period.
U.S. Census Bureau