Jacksonville is a city that, despite what it has to offer, is often given a bad reputation nationally.
As a result, potential visitors or even potential future residents are scared away from a city that they might have loved.
So to help those who are still on the fence about Jacksonville, we’ve compiled a few of the most common – and most inaccurate – myths about the city and an explanation of why they’re simply not true.
Probably the most popular myth about Jax is that it’s some sort of hellish wasteland where crime runs rampant and you’re guaranteed to get shot.
It’s important to note that there are absolutely parts of the city that are more dangerous than others. But equally important to note is exactly how big of a city Jacksonville is.
Should you avoid the Moncrief area at night? Yeah, probably. Can you live in Jax for your whole life, explore plenty of the city, and still never visit that part of town? Absolutely.
Locals – particularly the older ones – tend to not do a whole lot to help fight this image. They’ll recall an isolated shooting that occurred downtown and, in their minds, downtown Jax is forever known as “the place you go to get shot.” Similar issues of prejudice have plagued historic neighborhoods like Murray Hill and Springfield.
Ironically, the ones who complain the loudest about crime in Jax are usually those who never leave the suburbs.
For those with a realistic point of view, the nice parts of Jacksonville far outweigh the problem areas that can be easily avoided.