Jacksonville neighborhoods have long received criticism over the lack of pedestrian friendly resources, except of course in the historic districts. This is partly because Jacksonville is such a large city. In fact, this is the largest geographic city in the entire country, spanning from coastal communities to rural areas on the far west side of the county. The good news is there are historic walkable Jacksonville neighborhoods for those interested in a more bike and pedestrian friendly lifestyle.
Historic Walkable Jacksonville Neighborhoods
While most of Jacksonville requires a car, the historic neighborhoods, Riverside, Avondale, San Marco, Springfield and Ortega, are quite walkable. Each of these communities has been around for more than 100 years and walking around these neighborhoods is even sometimes easier than driving.
In a recent survey Jacksonville was actually rated 50th in the United States as cities with highly walkable neighborhoods. This survey took the following factors into account:
- A main street area where people meet
- A strong population that sustains local businesses
- Affordable housing near businesses
- Abundant parks and other public spaces
- Public transportation
- Schools and workplaces that are within walking distance
Not every neighborhood in Jacksonville scored high on this ranking, but downtown Jacksonville, Riverside and San Marco all won high marks in their walkability scores. If you want to live in an area where you can walk to restaurants and food stores, and even perhaps have a walkable commute to work, then you may want to search for property sales, foreclosures or rental opportunities in one of these neighborhoods.