In the paper this morning, Jacksonville ranks as America’s most youthful city
In taking the top spot for youthfulness, Jacksonville — and its median age of 22.9 years — beat a field of mostly collegiate locales.
Rounding out the top 5 were Provo, Utah, (home to Brigham Young University); New Brunswick, N.J., (home of one of Rutgers University’s three campuses); Florence-Graham, Calif., (a Los Angeles borough); and the self-explanatory College Station, Texas, (home of the Aggies of Texas A&M).
It's a good news bad news thing.
Compared to other towns, the median income of a local family is about half the Best Places average $76,893. And while development may be stamping along, the dwellings aren’t exactly castles, as is evident by the $127,900 median home price — compared to $259,568 averaged in the study.
The lack of home-buying-based sticker shock could be partly responsible for the area’s exceptional cardiac health: Jacksonvillians are 33 percent less likely to die of a heart attack than the other Best Places.
This is interesting:
Jacksonville also placed in the Most Singles category with the 20th-highest percentage of unwed residents among the cities studied.
“If they’re not married, they’re in the Corps,” said Nick Zucal, a Marine who has been stationed aboard Camp Lejeune for the past two years. “This is not really the place to be for single men, that’s for sure.”
The unfavorable ratio of women to men can leave leathernecks with little to do on the weekends.
“Go to the beach, get a tattoo… that’s pretty much about it,” said Mike Roberts, another Marine. Roberts later attached going to the mall or Wal-Mart to the still-short list.
Things that make ya go "hmmmm..." There's a little more to do than go to the beach or get a tattoo. Walmart sucks. It's always packed, and parking sucks. Lots of strip clubs, but most of the dancers...whatever. You just have to think some more to entertain yourself, that's all.
At least he didn't say "Jarheads", though. He's probably a retired Marine, so I'll let it slide this time. Word of advice. If you've never "done a hitch" then Leatherneck and Jarhead aren't words to use. It's like bitch. A girl can say it when talking, a guy just can't. Or Dego. If you say it, you better be Italian.
I'll stop with one last quote:
According to Money Magazine, the personal crime rate is 25 percent lower in Jacksonville than the rest of the nation, while the property crime rate is a slim 1 percent below the national average.
Mostly we get drunk and break stuff. See? Plenty to do. (jk of course.)