Moving from Charleston, SC to Jacksonville, FL

Moving from Charleston, South Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida

While Charleston is the second-largest city in South Carolina with a population of 120,083, Jacksonville is the largest city in both population and land area in Florida with a population of 827,908. So, if you’re moving from Charleston to Jacksonville, this means that you’ll be dealing with some drastic changes. However, even though Jacksonville is much bigger than Charleston, it is a great city with friendly people and beautiful landscapes! It certainly won’t be long before you learn to love living in Jacksonville!

Traveling from Charleston to Jacksonville and more:

Fortunately, moving from Charleston to Jacksonville means that you won’t be traveling far at all! Jacksonville is only 239 miles from Charleston, and that should only take you a little over four hours to drive if you choose to. You’ll be driving through the beautiful landscapes of North Carolina and Georgia, and it won’t be long before you arrive in Jacksonville!

Weather in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is slightly warmer than Charleston with an average yearly temperature of 69 F compared to Charleston’s average yearly temperature of 66 F. Jacksonville’s average high temperatures in the summer are usually in the low 90s while average low temperatures in the winter are usually in the low 40s. Snow is extremely rare in Jacksonville; however, the city receives an abundance of precipitation with about 52.4 inches annually. Hurricanes are a threat to the city, but Jacksonville receives much less damage from hurricanes than other east coast cities.

Jacksonville’s Transportation

Whether you choose to drive or take public transportation when moving from Charleston to Jacksonville, it should be fairly easy for you! Jacksonville is served by several interstates and U.S. Highways that make driving around the city a breeze! However, if you’d prefer to take public transportation, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), similar to Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), provides regular and express buses, trolleys and a stadium shuttle. Additionally, JTA provides a people mover, the JTA Skywalk, which travels from the King Street parking garage, through the central business district, to the Convention Center downtown.

Schools in Jacksonville

Public education in Jacksonville is provided by Duval County Public Schools which has an enrollment of over 124,000 students. Compared to Charleston County School District’s enrollment of over 45,000 students, this can seem much larger. However, if you’re moving from Charleston to Jacksonville with school age children, and you plan to put them in public school, it shouldn’t be long before they’ll adjust and feel right at home in Jacksonville’s schools! Duval County Public Schools has a total of 104 elementary schools, two K-8 schools, 24 middle schools, two 6-12 schools, 19 high schools, three exceptional centers, one virtual school, seven alternative schools and 21 charter schools. Jacksonville is also home to a number of private schools as well as Florida State College at Jacksonville, the University of North Florida and Edward Waters College.

Things to Do in Jacksonville

Just like Charleston, Jacksonville offers so many things to do no matter what you love! If you love the arts, Jacksonville is home to the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts which includes the Jacoby Symphony Hall where the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs, the Terry Theater which has smaller shows and recitals, and the Jim & Jan Moran Theater where touring Broadway shows perform! Also, check out the historical Ritz Theatre which regularly has music, dance, theatrical performances and movies, and the Florida Theatre which opened in 1927 and still holds many events today!

If you prefer exploring museums, Jacksonville offers many, such as the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Museum of Science and History and the LaVilla Museum!

For sports enthusiasts, Jacksonville is home to one major league sports team, the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, and several minor league sports teams in sports such as baseball, arena football, basketball, rugby and soccer! You’ll never run out of things to do when you move to Jacksonville!

So, come on down to “The River City”! We think you’ll love moving from Charleston to Jacksonville!

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