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 12,847 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 $61,746.00.
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.
Unlike some towns, Santa Rosa Beach isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Santa Rosa Beach are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Santa Rosa Beach is a town of managers, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Rosa Beach who work in management occupations (21.51%), sales jobs (12.58%), and food service (10.05%).
Another notable thing is that Santa Rosa Beach is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Santa Rosa Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Santa Rosa Beach has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Santa Rosa Beach has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Santa Rosa Beach than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Santa Rosa Beach may be for you.
Santa Rosa 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.
As is often the case in a small town, Santa Rosa Beach doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
Santa Rosa Beach is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.31% of adults in Santa Rosa Beach have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Santa Rosa Beach in 2010 was $39,640, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $158,560 for a family of four. However, Santa Rosa Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Santa Rosa Beach is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. 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, Irish, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Santa Rosa Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.