What are the FAQ's About Living In The Melbourne FL area?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty of Brevard

What are the FAQ's About Living In The Melbourne, FL Area?

Relocation clients as well as clients considering a second home in the Melbourne and surrounding areas usually ask many questions about the area but here are a few common ones, I find myself answering often.

Question: What is the population of Melbourne and surrounding areas?

Answer: The population of Melbourne, FL and the surrounding areas is about 343018 and can be distributed as follows:


     78000       Melbourne Beach       3300           


17164  Cocoa Beach 12805 


3009  Indian Harbour Beach  9000 

 Merritt Island

 34743 Palm Bay  101793 

 Patrick Air Force Base

2137  Rockledge  25911 

 Satellite Beach

10884  Suntree  11544


16951   West Melbourne 15777 


Question: What is the best way to get here?


Answer: Melbourne International airport is currently served by two commercial airlines, Delta and U S Airways with hubs in Atlanta and Charlotte respectively. Orlando international airport is about an hour and fifteen minutes northwest of Melbourne. Limos, taxis and shuttles to and from Orlando airport are also available. There are many car rental agencies in the Melbourne area ready to serve.


Question: What kind of activities are there?


Answer: There is plenty of entertainment to be found here, something or another for everyone. Swimming and surfing on the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic ocean; kayaking, sailing, boating, fishing and other water activities and water sports on the Indian river. There are many tennis courts and beautiful golf courses for tennis and golf lovers. Biking, shopping, a visit to the Brevard zoo, farmers market can be fun. How about a leisurely stroll in Cocoa Village, Downtown Melbourne or the Eau Gallie art and museum district? How about a visit to the Space Coast stadium? It is the spring training site of the Washington Nationals and home of the Brevard Manatees.There are many theatre and production companies and theatrical venues including the Maxwell C. King’s Center for the Performing Arts which presents nationally and internationally known artists and Broadway shows. There are also plenty of fine restaurants. There is so much to do! Cruise ships to the Bahamas and Caribbean leave regularly from Port Canaveral nearby.


Question: How is the weather?


Answer: The climate is ideal as you can see the sun shine for more than 300 days during the year. From November through March the average high is in the 70’s and average low in the 50’s. During April, May, June, September and October the average high temperature is in the 80’s and average low’s in the 60’s. July and August are hot when the average high temperature reaches the 90’s and average low in the 70’s. The snowbirds are usually here from October through March.


Question: Who are the major employers in the area?


Patrick Air Force Base, Military Base - 12,700

Harris Corporation, Information processing and communication - 8,500

School Board of Brevard County, - 6000

Health First, Inc., Medical Facility - 9,050

Brevard County, Local Government/services – 3,137

Northrop Grumman Melbourne Systems, Airborne Radar Equipment - 2,180

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Avionics - 1,477

Intersil Corporation, Semi-Conductors manufacturer - 1,100

Brevard Community College - 1,000

CSR Computer Sciences Raytheon - 1,050

Florida Tech, Technological University - 800

Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates (MIMA), Medical Association - 885

Cape Publications, Newspaper Publishing – 600

Lighting Science Group – Manufacturing LED Lighting – 500

AAR Airlift Group, Aircraft Maintenance - 400

Medical Associates od Brevard (MAB) , Medical Facility - 300

Embraer Air, Aircraft builder - 250


Question: Is Housing Affordable in the Melbourne and surrounding area?

Answer: The area ranks as one of the most affordable for housing. The median cost of homes sold in Jul 2013 is $130,000. Also homeowners who are florida residents can apply for and receive a $25,000 homestead exemption on the assessed value of their primary home. They can also receive an additional $25,000 homestead exemption if the assessed value of the home is at least $75000. Another great benefit for Florida homeowners, is the cap on the assessed value of a home, referred to as “Save our homes” cap. This cap limits the annual increase on the assessed value of the property receiving homestead exemption to 3% or consumer price index whichever is lower. Contact Rekha Vyas at 321 759 4409 for information on housing in the area. 

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About the Author...This article was provided by, Rekha Vyas a Nationally recognized Realtor, Certified Residential Specialist and Graduate of the Realtor Institute. Rekha can be reached via e-mail at RekhaVyas1@gmail.com by cell phone or text message at 321-759-4409. Rekha has helped many people buy and sell their home.  For real estate and homes on the Space Coast of Florida see www.RekhaVyasRealtor.com. If you need to Short Sale your Brevard county home please contact me for more information.



Comments (2)

Buster Avila
RE/MAX Metro - Saint Petersburg, FL

Nice summary.  I might have to put together something like this for St Pete!

Jan 07, 2014 07:30 AM
Rekha Vyas
Keller Williams Realty of Brevard - Melbourne, FL

Thank you Lisa.

Jan 07, 2014 01:59 PM