Melbourne Beach is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 3,276 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Melbourne Beach is the 315th largest community in Florida.
Melbourne Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Melbourne Beach is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Melbourne Beach who work in management occupations (13.26%), office and administrative support (11.78%), and sales jobs (10.67%).
Of important note, Melbourne Beach is also a town of artists. Melbourne Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Melbourne Beach’s character.
Also of interest is that Melbourne Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 14.30% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Melbourne Beach is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Melbourne Beach is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Melbourne Beach really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Melbourne Beach perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Melbourne Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Even though Melbourne Beach is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
If knowledge is power, Melbourne Beach is a pretty powerful place. 52.45% of the adults in Melbourne Beach have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Melbourne Beach in 2010 was $43,481, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $173,924 for a family of four. However, Melbourne Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Melbourne Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Melbourne Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Melbourne Beach include Irish, German, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Melbourne Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Greek.