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. Much of the housing stock in Santa Rosa Beach was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Santa Rosa Beach economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Santa Rosa Beach, where the median household income is $60,300.00.
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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Santa Rosa Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Santa Rosa Beach is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Rosa Beach who work in management occupations (19.09%), sales jobs (12.61%), and food service (10.98%).
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.
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.
Being a small town, Santa Rosa Beach does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Santa Rosa Beach are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.69% of adults in Santa Rosa Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Santa Rosa Beach in 2010 was $35,326, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $141,304 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, Irish, French , and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Santa Rosa Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.