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 3,278 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Melbourne Beach is the 315th largest community in Florida.
Housing costs in Melbourne Beach are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Florida.
Melbourne Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.71% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Melbourne Beach is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Melbourne Beach who work in management occupations (14.74%), sales jobs (10.98%), and office and administrative support (10.12%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Melbourne Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.29% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Melbourne Beach is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Melbourne Beach’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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.
If knowledge is power, Melbourne Beach is a pretty powerful place. 51.22% 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 $50,065, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,260 for a family of four.
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, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Melbourne Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Greek.