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-Nearby coastal areas
-Attractive downtown


-Summer heat
-High crime rates
-Rising housing costs

What Bert Has To Say About Brunswick Metro Area

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.


Quick Facts About 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.
    Compared to the rest of the country, St. Simons's cost of living is 21.00% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, St. Simons's population is 12,612 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -6.08 percent.
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in St. Simons is $285,600. Home appreciation the last year has been -2.90 percent.
    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.

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It is beautiful, with the tree-lined streets and sunny beaches but it is also a very crazy place. Living on an island does something to people; it's as if all anyone... (read more)
St. Simons an Overview
St. Simons is a beautiful little southern island. Real estate is over priced and the variety of people is low. It is a wonderful place to raise your children and to... (read more)
re: Nice for retired people - 3/23/2008
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