JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
Despite well-publicized excitement about Downtown revitalization, young adults are fueling rapid growth in suburban areas like Bartram Park across the country. Is it by choice or necessity?
According to recent research, millennials appear to be the driving force behind a resurgence in suburban growth nationwide. While a handful of places like Seattle, Chicago and Charlotte have become denser since 2016, many like Dallas, Orlando, Austin and Jacksonville are among a growing number of metropolitan areas that have become less dense since the 2010 census.
In Jacksonville, the metropolitan area density is estimated to have declined -3.1 percent between 2010 and 2016. With a limited supply of walkable neighborhoods, real estate prices skyrocketing and housing availability being scare in desired urban core areas like San Marco and Riverside, suburban areas are witnessing significant booms of their very own.
Dubbed the "Southern Gateway" to Jacksonville and despite being 18 miles from the city's urban core, Bartram Park is one of North Florida's fastest growing communities that also appears to be attracting millennials and young families. According to the 2015 US Census estimates, 40% of the population residing in the neighborhood's zip code falls between the ages of 20 and 44. This number is slightly up from the 38% identified in the 2010 census.
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