How Safe Is Jacksonville for Travel?

Jacksonville, United States
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Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, measured by the number of residents, situated on the Atlantic coast of northeast Florida.

Jacksonville is known as the “Gateway to the South.”

It is the first large city you enter driving south on I95 from Georgia.

Jacksonville is very old, nearly as old as St. Augustine.

There are large established neighborhoods from the early 19th century and very high-end dwellings on both the Atlantic Beach and along the St. Johns River.

You can find pretty much anything you are looking for, including great golf, professional sports, beach life, and great food.

Warnings & Dangers in Jacksonville

Overall Risk


Jacksonville is somewhat safe to visit. Violent crime exists but it's not too common and most dangers are petty. Take the usual precaution measures when traveling here.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transport is generally safe in Jacksonville though it has its dangers. You should count on pickpockets being very active in bus and train stations and especially on public transport.

Pickpockets Risk


Petty theft is a common form of a crime you will find in Jacksonville. Pickpocketing and bag snatching do happen here, so keep your valuables in a safe place, and be vigilant when visiting crowded places and public transport.

Natural Disasters Risk


Some of our greatest natural disasters of concern are tropical storms and hurricanes, even though Jacksonville's tucked-away location in the northeast corner reduces the likelihood of the city being hit by a hurricane.

Mugging Risk


Violent crime exists, so you should be careful. It is also sometimes focused on foreigners. If you do find yourself in a violent incident, such as mugging or a robbery, always hand over everything you own immediately.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated mass shootings, Jacksonville hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


As in any other country, there are scams in Jacksonville, too. Always negotiate everything in advance, double check your change and never pay anything upfront. Never accept drinks from strange people or leave your drink unattended.

Women Travelers Risk


Jacksonville is somewhat safe for female solo travelers. There are no issues that would endanger females specifically but general caution is advised. Following basic precaution measures should minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is Jacksonville Really?

Jacksonville isn’t the safest city in America, definitely, but if you take precaution measures, you may minimize your risk.

There are many risky areas here.

For instance, Springfield and Panama’s park are filled with drug use and gun violence and Phillips Highway is notorious for streetwalkers, drugs and gun violence.

Jacksonville beach has issues mostly with teenagers and drugs since they congregate in these areas to consume drugs.

The biggest problem here is that, in dangerous areas, the violence is tremendous, while the cost of living on the safe sides of town is outrageous, so for some people, living in dangerous areas is the only option.

As for safer areas, there is less crime in the Mandarin, Baymeadows & some parts of the Southside.

Riverside area near downtown is an artsy kind of neighborhood.

Most of the homes are older but there seems to be a real sense of community there and things are within walking distance.

However, many say that Riverside is a dangerous part of the city.

Southside Boulevard is the best side of the city to start a business, enjoy the beaches, explore all of the malls (and there are 3 or 4 of them), colleges, hospitals, and entertainment scenes.

How Does Jacksonville Compare?

CitySafety Index
Washington DC56
New York City67
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82
Cordoba (Argentina)61

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Jacksonville. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available.
  • Weather - Jacksonville has a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot summers and mild and drier winters. Seasonal rainfall usually happens from May through September, when brief but intense thunderstorms are common,
  • Airports - Jacksonville International Airport is the busiest airport in the city of Jacksonville. It is located near the north of Downtown Jacksonville, in Duval County, Florida.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Jacksonville, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Jacksonville Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 12° C
Feb 14° C
Mar 17° C
Apr 20° C
May 24° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 22° C
Nov 18° C
Dec 14° C
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