Cost of Living,
St. Simons's Real Estate Market
Brunswick Metro Area
Profile: Historic port and resort town Location: Southeast Georgia, along the Atlantic Coast Elevation: 10 Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
|Nearby coastal areas||Summer heat|
|Attractive downtown||High crime rates|
|Recreation||Rising housing costs|
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Brunswick, a historic port town located half way between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida, serves as a gateway to the “Golden Isles” – the resort islands of Jekyll and St. Simons. Brunswick itself is quaint and full of historic interest, but also functions as a major port of entry for automobiles and other commodities, and has a substantial fishing and shrimp industry and some remnants of a once-larger chemical industry. But the big “growth” industry is leisure and retirement. The islands, which have been recognized leisure destinations for over 100 years, offer a wide assortment of leisure and resort activities and living accommodations.
The Cost of living Index and median home prices are moderate but the latter have grown rapidly, no doubt affected by the influx of retirees and expensive estates on Jekyll Island and elsewhere. Coastal areas offer excellent recreation, including boating, golf and other resort activities. Bigger city services are 50 miles away in Savannah to the north and Jacksonville, Florida, to the south.
Brunswick is located on a narrow coastal peninsula just east of I-95 along the Intercoastal Waterway. Jekyll and St Simons Islands, both easily accessible by bridges, lie just east. The terrain is generally level and typical of coastal areas. While the Atlantic moderates the subtropical climate year round, summers can be very hot and humid when sea breezes fail. Winters are generally pleasant with perhaps one or two colder periods each year. The area is vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes, but most Atlantic storms moving this far north tend to turn farther north into the Carolinas and further up the East Coast.
Interesting Facts about St._Simons, Georgia
As of 2014, St. Simons's population is 12,612 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -6.08 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in St. Simons is $285,600. Home appreciation the last year has been -2.90 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, St. Simons's cost of living is 21.00% Higher than the U.S. average.--------------------
St. Simons public schools spend $10,689 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15 students per teacher in St. Simons.--------------------
The unemployment rate in St. Simons is 7.70 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. St. Simons jobs have Decreased by 2.32 percent.
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Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
St. Simons's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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