Jacksonville, North Carolina is home to Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River and more than 72,400 residents. Located between New Bern and Wilmington, Jacksonville has one of the youngest populations in the United States, likely due to the considerable military presence there.
This proud military town is also an historic one. Jacksonville was founded in the early 1700s near the time when the Tuscarora wars were ending. A few of the military focused attractions in Jacksonville include the Veteran’s Memorial, Lejeune Memorial Gardens and the Montford Point Marine Museum.
With the median home value of about $140,800 for a single family home, Jacksonville it has become a popular place for both young Marine families and individuals looking for an affordable and centrally located place to call home. The value of Jacksonville homes have gone up more than 8% within the last year and are expected to continue to increase.
Just under an hour southwest of Jacksonville lies Wilmington, which is one of the largest towns on the eastern point of North Carolina. Wilmington offers Jacksonville residents not only an additional an easy commute for work, but a place to explore on the weekends. Tucked up against New River, Jacksonville is situated not too far from a handful of North Carolina’s gorgeous beaches. Topsail Beach, Onslow Beach and Hurst Beach are just a few of the many beaches within a short distance of Jacksonville. Still within an hour away from the town lies Wrightsville Beach to the south and Emerald Isle to the northeast.
If you’re looking to explore the heart of Jacksonville, be sure to check out LP Willingham Park, Riverwalk Crossing Park and Sturgeon City Park where you will see sporting fields, waterfront views, gardens, kayak launches, piers and miles of walking trails. At the Riverwalk Crossing Park, annual events are hosted such as the Onslow Oktoberfest, Jacksonville Winterfest and National Night Out. Each event is open to the entire community and is perfect for friends or families to get a chance to get together.
With a proud military and historic heritage, close proximity to the beaches of North Carolina, and excellent choices for affordable real estate, Jacksonville is a wonderful and welcoming community for all to experience.
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