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  7/18/2017
Answer to the comments who keep asking about crime
The rating on here is accurate. Crime is rather high. There's shootings and killings constantly. If you're coming from another state, just check floridatoday.com at least once a week to see whats going on. Gun ownership is also very high. Home invasions often end with a robber shot dead. But nearby cities like Palm Bay and Cocoa are even worse.

However, if you have money then Viera, Suntree, West Melbourne, and Beachside are better choices and it'd be a great place to live.

Cost of living is low compared to many parts of the country without giving up too much quality of life.

Healthcare is great compared to other parts of the country. Just make sure you're on the HealthFirst network. Avoid Wuestaff Hospital, locals call it "worst off" for good reason.

Plenty of shopping for the size of the area. The avenues in Viera, and Hammock Landing in West Melbourne. There's the Melbourne Square Mall of course, but more dated than the other two options.

Restaurants. I've never seen so many restaurants like in Florida. Tons of chain restaurants, but if you're looking for good local places try Tuscany Grill, Pizza Gallery, Grills, Squid Lips or Long Doggers.

If you're a runner, there is an amazing local running community. I've yet to see one like it anywhere else, and I'm pretty well travelled. You can basically do a 5k every weekend. Its mostly organized by a local shop "running zone".

Of course, if you love rockets, canaveral is right there but melbourne is close enough to see it go up and hear/feel your windows rattle lightly.

For families, Brevard Zoo is fantastic for the kids. There's plenty of beach of course, and Orlando is only an hour away.

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  3/9/2017
Crime in Melbourne,FL
Could someone tell me how the crime rate is in Melbourne? Are there murders? Is it a safe place to live? We are thinking of retiring there. Thank you everyone.

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  1/9/2016
Safety In and Around Melbourne
Anyone have a unbiased opinion or some facts about crime in Melbourne?

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  9/15/2013
weather
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  4/21/2012
Melbourne Florida
Melbourne and the surrounding areas are a good place to live and have great schools compared to many other areas around the country. I lived there 25 yrs and loved it. However the job market there is pretty tough if you don't already have a job.

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  10/21/2010
Mixed feelings about Melbourne
Melbourne has some nice folks. The culture here is pretty simple, and the people have low expectations in life. That is somewhat relaxing to us because we are from a competitive environment in North Carolina. Don't be deceived by the cost of living index. It is very cheap to live here, but you are living around a very uneducated population. Naturally, there is not much demand for nicer housing because of this demographic. There is plenty of cheap housing in Melbourne and surrounding county, but most of it should be bulldozed over because it is not inhabitable. Just a few things to keep in mind. They have wonderful local TV broadcasts - includes a classical music station that we watch, foreign TV station, lots of PBS, Christian TV, etc..

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  7/15/2010
Local Economy
Economy has been depressed for some time and it looks like turnaround will be slow. Small and medium businesses are hardest hit while local defense contractors seem to be doing OK. Layoffs at the Space Center are also indirectly affecting the local economy adversely. The housing market remains stagnent so it's definitely a buyers market.

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  7/4/2010
Explanation of Melbourne.
Try not to read into most of these comments... For one, Donald over here posted twice... One post being negative then the other positive. It's a great town! Like any area there is crime. High areas of crime are mostly in Cocoa and Palm Bay though. If you enjoy a very active environment, such as NY NY or L.A. Cali etc. Then yes this will be a small town for you. If you enjoy the beach, sun, fishing, golf, surfing, or really any type of water activity it's great. I for one love those activities; therefore this is a good fit for me... Common sense... It's about 1h 20m from Daytona beach and about 45m too Orlando. There are plenty of surrounding areas to live at along the coast that are not too expensive and within 15m drive.. I for one enjoy life here!! Remember:(It's Florida) and it does get very hot during the summer months... Just use a little common scene and you should be able to find an enjoyable environment.....

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  7/4/2010
Explanation of Melbourne.
Try not to read into most of these comments... For one, Donald over here posted twice... One post being negative then the other positive. It's a great town! Like any area there is crime. High areas of crime are mostly in Cocoa and Palm Bay though. If you enjoy a very active environment, such as NY NY or L.A. Cali etc. Then yes this will be a small town for you. If you enjoy the beach, sun, fishing, golf, surfing, or really any type of water activity it's great. I for one love those activities; therefore this is a good fit for me... Common sense... It's about 1h 20m from Daytona beach and about 45m too Orlando. There are plenty of surrounding areas to live at along the coast that are not too expensive and within 15m drive.. I for one enjoy life here!! Remember: (It's Florida) and it does get very hot during the summer months... Just use a little common scene and you should be able to find an enjoyable environment.....

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  4/8/2010
Awesome
Melbourne is a really cool place to grow up in. I grew up there. You got the beach, all the theme parks, kennedy space center, and other things near you. It isn't boring. It's like you're living on a vacation. It's awesome.

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  11/20/2009
Viera/Suntree
Desirable east coast location a little over an hour to Orlando, 20 minutes or so to the Atlantic Ocean & in view of shuttle launches

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  9/16/2009
day dreaming
Area unemployement is over 10% but prpoerty owners still think they are in 2006

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  3/24/2009
Climate
Year round paradise! Winter is only a tease of cold (that is if you consider 40 cold), Summer is tropical, Spring and Fall are perfect!

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  6/25/2008
Melbourne, FL in Brief
Melbourne, FL is a small town of about 60,000 people, broken up into many small townships. For example, in the Melbourne area, include Melbourne, West Melbourne, Melbourne Village, unincorporated Brevard county, as well as a wealth of small seaside towns. All of these towns exist in a 25 mile radius. Each town has its own taxes and police, but the school and fire are done at the count level. Because of the small tax bases for all these small townships, the police forces are renowned for citing for speeding tickets....just look at any of the speedtrap websites for more data. As for Melbourne itself, it is a quiet retirement town with little crime and a good school system. It does not really have any high-end nightlife, and is really best suited for those who are married with childered. I really have never understood why retirees move here, as activities are quite limited. The type of retiree that does move here typically comes from New York or California, purchases a large house, and complains that they are being raked over the coals by taxes or insurance. Speaking of those topics, insurance is a mess in most coastal towns of Florida. If your plan on living near the coast, you can count on not being able to obtain private wind damage insurance; instead, you will need to go with the state pool, which is not as reliable as private, and is very expensive. For example, a small 2000 sqft house on the beach can set you back $6000 a year in wind storm insurance alone....above that, of course, you will need to purchase general insurance for fire and the like. Taxes are not too bad for Florida. There is a 6% sales tax. No income tax. Property taxes average $3000 or so for a 2000 sqft house; however, Florida recently changed the laws surrounding taxes, so be careful. Overall, Melbourne is a nice small city with small city amenities, but is in a short 1 hour ride to big city shopping. With that stated, however, after 13 years of being here, I think I am ready for a change.

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  3/3/2008
Not for singles!
It's a nice place to raise a family, but a boring city overall.

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