5 Reasons Jacksonville is Great for Seniors as a Retirement Destination

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Florida’s First Coast is the ideal location for seniors

Jacksonville, FL, is an ideal retirement location for seniors looking for sunny weather and outdoor activities. And with a housing market that’s priced on average below the rest of the state and nation, the city makes it possible for seniors to downsize or move into a dream retirement space without excess budget concerns. Here’s a look at several reasons to make Jacksonville your location for retirement.

1. Great Amenities and Weather That Supports Enjoying It

Jacksonville is home to many attractions and amenities offering discounted admission or membership to seniors. The Jacksonville Zoo offers $2 off general admission to those over age 65, and you can also score senior savings on total experience tickets or bands.

Other attractions in Jacksonville that offer senior discounts include:

  • Fort Clinch State Park. Admission to the park is $6 for a vehicle of up to eight people, and it’s $2.50 for entry into the fort. Individuals age 65 and older get a 50 percent discount on base camping rates when staying overnight in the park.

  • MOSH, the Museums of Science and History. Seniors get a discount of $3 on admission prices.

  • Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Seniors receive a discount of $4 on admission.

Average temperatures annually in Jacksonville hover just under the 70-degree mark, and even in winter months, the average is unlikely to drop below 55 degrees for extended periods, ensuring seniors can enjoy their time in gardens, zoos, and parks.

2. Budget-Friendly Housing

The median cost of a home in Jacksonville is lower than the average throughout the rest of the state (and the nation), making the city a great warm-weather retirement option for seniors. And while the cost of living index is only a point below the national average, seniors will find that health services and groceries cost a bit less.

3. It’s Easy to Get Around Jacksonville

The city itself is fairly walkable, scoring amid the country’s top 50 walkable large cities. Seniors who choose to buy homes in neighborhoods such as Riverside, San Marco and Downtown may be able to handle many of their errands on foot.

And if you want to explore the greater city area without driving, Jacksonville has excellent public transit benefits for seniors. Individuals older than age 65 can apply for an ID STAR card. You’ll need a government-issued ID showing your DOB to get one, but once you do, it scores you free rides on public transportation in the city.

4. Access to Health Care for Seniors

As a premier retirement location, Jacksonville offers plenty of health care options. UF Health Jacksonville, Memorial Hospital and Naval Hospital are just some locations where seniors can seek emergency or ongoing care, and the Mayo Clinic and Baptist Medical Center have facilities in the city that are ranked high by U.S. News and World Reports in geriatric care.

5. Plenty of Retirement Options

Options for retirement living in Jacksonville are vast. Seniors can choose from one of the many highly rated assisted living facility, where mobility and health needs can be attended to by expert staff, or opt for a condo where lawn and maintenance obligations are handled by someone else.  Jacksonville also has plenty of 55+ communities to choose from as well, and seniors can easily find senior living communities that can support their active lifestyle throughout their retirement years.


Source: Seniorhomes.com: an organization dedicated to supporting senior citizens and their families. Their mission is to raise awareness about the available care options and resources that can help seniors stay connected with their community.

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