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Melbourne, FL
Population76,068
Median Age43.2
Pop. Density2,246
Pop. Change4.31%
Married Population42.90%
Household Size2.18
Unemployment Rate11.10%
Median Home Cost$90,400
Homes Owned52.15%
Home Appreciation2.22%
Percent Religious34.86%
Commute Time23.3

80.93% of people are white, 10.30% are black, 3.12% are asian, 0.32% are native american, and 5.33% claim 'Other'. 6.35% of the people in Melbourne, FL, claim hispanic ethnicity (meaning 93.65% are non-hispanic).

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ralph
Melbourne, FL
weather - 9/15/2013

HOT[read more...]

Bp
Gallatin, TN
Melbourne Florida - 4/21/2012

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.[read more...]

Veronica
Melbourne, FL
Mixed feelings about Melbourne - 10/21/2010

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..[read more...]

Mike
Melbourne, FL
Local Economy - 7/15/2010

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.[read more...]

Jeremy
Cocoa Beach, FL
Explanation of Melbourne. - 7/4/2010

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..... [read more...]

Jeremy
Cocoa Beach, FL
Explanation of Melbourne. - 7/4/2010

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..... [read more...]

a person
Melbourne, FL
Awesome - 4/8/2010

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. [read more...]

Ned
Melbourne, FL
Viera/Suntree - 11/20/2009

Desirable east coast location a little over an hour to Orlando, 20 minutes or so to the Atlantic Ocean & in view of shuttle launches[read more...]

Joel
Satellite Beach, FL
day dreaming - 9/16/2009

Area unemployement is over 10% but prpoerty owners still think they are in 2006[read more...]

Susan
Melbourne, FL
Climate - 3/24/2009

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![read more...]

Ted
Melbourne, FL
Melbourne, FL in Brief - 6/25/2008

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.[read more...]

Wendy
Melbourne, FL
Not for singles! - 3/3/2008

It's a nice place to raise a family, but a boring city overall.[read more...]

Donald
Milwaukee, WI
Don't expect too much !!! - 8/31/2007

Not much of a town , Dirty , Crime ridden , and terrible roads , on top of that way too expensive for what is there , which is NOT MUCH ! Might be ok for a snowbird , and thats being generous , very generous , thats if you can find a SAFE area to stay in ???[read more...]

Jennie
Palm Bay, FL
Sad what happened to Melbourne - 4/22/2007

The other comments I've read are sad but true. Most people in Melbourne are from somewhere else and are dying to make it just like wherever they came from (usually New Yawk). There is a throwback mentality (Army Corps of Engineers 40's, 50's, 60's etc) that everything should be drained and cleared for "progress" without regard to consequences. There are a few environmental companies doing thier best, no thanks to city or county government. Many city officials and staff came from areas with outrageous pollution anyway so why not ruin this place too? Its become a "little big town" that is growing faster than the infrastructure can handle; schools, police, water, sewer, and of course the horrendous roads. Oh and in the schools most big city gangs are well represented. Don't get me wrong I love NYC, just to visit though. As the city suffers growing pains, the governments are quick to recommend increasing taxes, which makes sense to people driving on backed up roads with kids in overcrowded classrooms. Nevermind that they are already getting more taxpayers so they really shouldn't need to increase tax percentages. If you must consider Melbourne, look at West Melbourne it was formed by an old school Florida man that didn't want his property "annexed" as part of Melbourne, so he formed a city and declared that there would be no property taxes in it.[read more...]

Frank
Melbourne, FL
CHarming Florida Home - 4/2/2007

Melbourne is a fast growing community with everyone and thier brother moving here from anyplace you name and it's to crowded, to hot and humid and everyone here from everywhere else thinks they know how to drive. The Local Goverment has no clue about what to do about the over-crowded roads and continues to build on anything that use to be protected for scrub jays and box turtles. It's not a nice small town like it use to be and after 35 years I placed my home on the market and if I can sell it you can have it...I think every person from "Long Island New York" now lives here.[read more...]

CHRISTINE
Melbourne, FL
FLORIDA - 6/25/2006

WAY TOO HOT AND HUMID FOR ME EVEN THOUGH I'VE BEEN HERE FOR 22 YEARS[read more...]

Donald
Milwaukee, WI
Great place to live ! - 6/5/2006

Once you live here for awhile , it's a great Place. Robust economy , lots of Jobs. Clean , low crime and great Housing. Lots of Friendly Folks , Good Roads and Great Schools . It's like Paradise ![read more...]

Sheila
Melbourne, FL
Growing tooo fast - 5/30/2006

Melbourne use to be a nice small town with all the amenities close by. Now it is growing too fast and it is too crowded. There are soo many people moving in and there is not enough room in the schools. The streets were also not planned for as much traffic as there is now. Wickham is a nightmare to drive down. At certain times of the day you may sit thru at least 3 lights just to get across an intersection.The drivers are extremely rude and do not pay attention to driving. If you take I-95 you are putting your life at risk. There are numerous crashes on a daily basis. The crime has incresed here so much that you cannot even feel safe leaving your windows open on a nice day or even your door unlocked because someone will break in, in the broad daylight. We also seem to have a lot of child predators in Melbourne and the surrounding cities. Even in the schools we have issues with inapproiate behavior amongst the teachers and children.It is just not very desirable anymore like it was 5 years ago. It is changing for the worst and I do not see any relief in site. The school system is ranked one of the best in the state but that is by the numbers from test scores and not by the quality of teachers we have in the Brevard county system.The better part of all the teachers I have come into contact with really need to chose another profession because they are not very good teachers and do not treat children well at all. But this is just my observation of the area in the last 5 yrs. If you do move here be patient and be careful.[read more...]

Abhd
Melbourne, FL
Pretty Nice Weather - 2/24/2006

Pretty Nice Weather[read more...]

Donald
Milwaukee, WI
Too crowded , terrible traffic , increasing crime - 2/10/2006

I found all of the above to be true and the other peoples comments too are true, I was there not too long ago and couldn't believe what was happening to what was once a Very Nice Smaller Town , with reasonable real estate prices , low taxes and very nice people . BUT thats all changed ...for the worst . It's just the opposite now . Too Bad ![read more...]

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