Santa Rosa Beach is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 14,393 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Santa Rosa Beach is the 195th largest community in Florida. Santa Rosa Beach has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Santa Rosa Beach, where the median household income is $81,411.00.
Santa Rosa Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Santa Rosa Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Santa Rosa Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.43% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Santa Rosa Beach is a town of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Rosa Beach who work in management occupations (20.25%), sales jobs (14.47%), and food service (8.17%).
Of important note, Santa Rosa Beach is also a town of artists. Santa Rosa Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Santa Rosa Beach’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.75% 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.
Another notable thing is that Santa Rosa Beach is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Santa Rosa Beach has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Santa Rosa Beach a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Santa Rosa Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The education level of Santa Rosa Beach ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Santa Rosa Beach, 46.18% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Santa Rosa Beach in 2010 was $48,934, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $195,736 for a family of four. However, Santa Rosa Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Santa Rosa Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Santa Rosa Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Santa Rosa Beach include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Santa Rosa Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.