Palm Bay, FL

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Palm Bay, FL

About Palm Bay, FL

Palm Bay, Florida is a vibrant city on the Space Coast that offers something for everyone. From outdoor activities like fishing, boating, and surfing to cultural events, parks and beaches, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained. With easy access to nearby cities like Orlando and Melbourne, Palm Bay is an ideal spot for anyone looking for a relaxing lifestyle close to urban amenities. As the largest city in Brevard County, it has an array of indoor and outdoor recreation options as well as a thriving business community. Families will love Palm Bay's excellent schools and safe neighborhoods. Beach-city complex - Central Atlantic coast, 50 miles east/southeast of Orlando.

State: Florida
County: Brevard County
Metro Area: Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville Metro Area
City: Palm Bay
Zip Codes: 32907 32909 32905 32908
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 31 ft above sea level

Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Titusville anchor a large and complex area of barrier islands, beach and coastal communities comprising what is known as the “Space Coast.” Cape Canaveral and the John F. Kennedy Space Center are located on the northernmost large barrier islands, adding considerable interest and economic benefit to the area. There are fine beaches on these islands, while the coast cities tend to carry most of the commercial, residential, and agricultural activity. Driven in part by the NASA facilities, there are a number of high tech firms in the area. The more family-oriented Palm Bay is the most populous of the three.

Melbourne is home to the 3000-student Florida Institute of Technology. This city complex is only 30 miles due east of Orlando, giving access to bigger city amenities but also staying away from the bustle of that city. As a result, the area has grown rapidly. Some arts and culture amenities are absent, but the area ranks high because of climate, recreation, and overall quality of life.

The narrow barrier islands are mainly sand and palm trees, becoming wider towards Cape Canaveral. Inland is a mix of agriculture and marshland with a few inland lakes. Climate is typical for the Florida coast. Summer temperatures, while reaching 90 or above during the late morning or early afternoon, tend to diminish in the afternoon due to sea breezes and frequent afternoon thundershowers. Winters are relatively mild. Summer is the rainy season with thunderstorms, many quite heavy.

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Palm Bay Cost of Living

Climate, water recreation, and cost of living make Palm Bay a great place to live.

-12.1% lower than avg
-23.3% lower than avg
$1,078 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-6.5% lower than avg
Palm Bay Crime
29.5 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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I moved to Palm Bay in 2020 and the cost of living has skyrocketed! A two bedroom apartment was around $900/month in 2020. Now it's $1600 and up. Mostly up. A three  More

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My family of 4 have lived here in NW Palm Bay for over 10 years. My wife and my son from another marriage lived here for over 7 before that. I myself have lived here for  More

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I lived in Palm Bay for 12 years. It's a very unfriendly and crowded place to live. It's well into the 90's from late April till right around the 10th of November. The  More

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