Brevard County has tons to offer for people of all ages who are looking to move to Florida or moving from another part of the Sunshine State. Whether it be the white sand beaches that line the Space Coast, the year-round beach weather, or the fun activities for all ages; Brevard County has something for everyone.
Don’t take our word for it!
In a recent U.S News & World Report ranking released in 2019, Melbourne showed up as the #1 best place to live near the beach. According to Florida Today, the report was made based on factors such as affordability, job market, the morning commute and access to quality health care.
Let’s take a look at some of the facts of Brevard County…
Ideal Coastal Location
Brevard County is located halfway down the coast between Jacksonville and Miami and is just a short drive to Orlando. That means you’re steps away from the beach and a short drive away from one of the largest tourist destinations in the world, famous of course for their huge selection of theme parks and attractions such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando.
Tucked right around the beautiful Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, Brevard County offers the perfect small-town feel that people look for while choosing a place to settle down, yet close enough to all the amenities you could ask for.
From enjoying the natural beauty of Florida’s Space Coast to indulging in some of the area’s nightlife, shopping, and dining – there’s never a dull moment (unless you want one).
Downtown Melbourne, the Eau Gallie Arts District, and Cocoa Village are some fun and popular spots in Brevard County for couples and people of all ages to spend their day. With local and popular restaurants and bars lining the streets, there is plenty to do for family time or a night out with some friends.
As Movoto puts it perfectly, “Melbourne's population of almost 80,000 supports a quaint but lively, eclectic urban downtown core, centered around East New Haven Ave. It's a central business district for the Space Coast, but also has lots of unique stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, nightclubs, and more”.
It is no secret that Florida can get warm during the summer months but what most people don’t know is that Brevard’s annual temperature is around 72 degrees with more than 200 days of sunshine per year. This means more beach days, outdoor activities with friends, and family and plenty of time to enjoy the sun. The coastal winds bring in a nice breeze along the coast of Brevard County unlike other more interior cities such as Orlando, keeping it cooler during those sunny months.
While hurricanes are always a worry, hurricane-force sustained winds have not struck Brevard since 1979! That was Hurricane David, the labor day storm of 1979.
"There are a lot of people in Brevard County who believe that they have experienced Category 2, 3, 4, 5 hurricanes in this county. And unless you were here in 1979, you did not experience a hurricane in Brevard County" said Kimberly Prosser, Brevard County Emergency Management Director. She went on to explain "There have been hurricane-force gusts, absolutely. But sustained hurricane-force winds are not what Brevard County has experienced".
Superior Safety and State Leading Education
Living in a city that your family feels safe in is one of the most important things when choosing somewhere to settle down. Brevard County has had cities and towns on Florida’s top safe cities list year after year.
Among that for 2019, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, Satellite Beach, which is located on the coast of Brevard County, was the number one safest city in Florida.
When it comes to education, Brevard county is a leading area for school quality within the state. According to the Economic Development Commission for Florida’s Space Coast, 97% of Brevard County’s schools are ranked A or B Schools and the county is ranked 2nd in the state by the Florida Department of Education.
Keep More Of YOUR Money With No Income Tax
Did you know that Florida is one of the few states that doesn’t have a state income tax? This means more money in your pocket each year when choosing to settle down in Brevard County.
Forbes writes, “The land of retirement communities and hanging chad (2000 election joke) does not have a personal income tax. Warm weather and endless beaches, plus no state income tax, makes it easy to understand why Florida has become popular with retirees”.
Like all states, Florida does still have a sales tax that ranges between six and eight percent depending on location. But whether you are headed to the sunshine state to start or continue a career or if you are choosing to retire while relaxing under a beach umbrella, a key draw to Florida is saving money on taxes.
Brevard County offers a wide variety of activities for people to enjoy year-round. Activities range for all ages whether you are looking for a slow pace environment or if you are a person that thrives off adrenaline. Let’s take a look at a few activities that Brevard has to offer:
Rocket Launch- Not too many people can say that they watch history be made on their front lawn with frequent rocket launches that take place at the Kennedy Space Center. Whether you have an interest in visiting the Kennedy Space Center for the day or would just enjoy watching the launch from your door-step, homes all across Brevard County have views of these beautiful launches.
World-Famous Beaches- If we haven’t emphasized this enough, the beaches in Brevard County are definitely something to write home about. With miles and miles of soft sand beaches and more than 200 days of sunshine, you will practically be begging to move here. According to U.S News, Cocoa Beach was listed on the best beaches in Florida by saying “Cocoa Beach’s proximity to Orlando and world-renowned waves make it a popular beach retreat for both families and surfers”. It is here that you can visit Ron Jon Surf Shop and grab all your beach essentials before hitting the sand and water.
Go Skydiving- If you have ever considered skydiving, Brevard County is a prime spot to experience the thrill. One spot located in Sebastian (Located on the south side of Brevard County) you can soar through the sky over breathtaking views of the ocean.
Kayak/Paddleboarding- Float along-side some Florida native wildlife while experiencing a paddle of a lifetime. Whether you are looking for an activity as a family or just looking for a solo ride, going on a kayak or paddleboard are always a good idea in the Indian River; which is the river that flows down the barrier island of Brevard County. This fun activity could become a daily ritual having ramps and docks located in many spots up and down the river to take a morning paddle.
These factors are just a few of why Brevard County has a lot to offer when looking to move to the coast. What’s stopping you from living like its vacation every day?