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Jacksonville Among Cities Where Homeowners Stay The Shortest Amount Of Time

Bill Bortzfield
A model home for sale is pictured in February of 2016 at The Woodlands on Hillsdale Road in Jacksonville.

Another indicator that Jacksonville is a fast-moving city: 

Lending Tree's new study shows Jacksonville is among the top 10 cities where homeowners stay in their homes the shortest amount of time.

The analysts found Jacksonville homeowners move after an average of 6.72 years. That compares to a national average of about seven years. People stay in their homes the longest in Pittsburgh, at 7.54 years on average, and the shortest in Las Vegas, at 6.36 years on average.

Lending Tree found cities with shorter housing tenures had greater appreciation rates, suggesting that higher housing turnover drives up prices.

The 10 cities where homeowners have the shortest tenure have an average three-year home price appreciation of 30 percent, compared with just 12 percent for cities with the longest housing tenure, according to Lending Tree.

In Jacksonville the median home value appreciation between 2014 and 2017 was 29 percent, with a median value of $205,100.

Most of the top 10 cities with the shortest tenures have hot and sunny climates:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Phoenix
  3. Austin
  4. Orlando
  5. Denver
  6. Jacksonville
  7. Tampa
  8. Nashville
  9. Oklahoma City
  10. Houston

Conversely, most of the top 10 cities where people stay in their homes the longest have colder climates:

  1. Pittsburgh
  2. New York
  3. Buffalo
  4. Philadelphia
  5. New Orleans
  6. Hartford, Conn.
  7. Cleveland
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Memphis
  10. Baltimore

Lending Tree looked at the nation’s 50 largest metro areas, using census data pulled in December.
Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.