Valparaiso is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 5,188 people and just one neighborhood, Valparaiso is the 273rd largest community in Florida.
Occupations and Workforce
Valparaiso is a military town: the armed forces employs 28.39% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Retail and Education are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 15.42% and 12.48% of the civilian workforce respectively.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Valparaiso has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Of important note, Valparaiso is also a city of artists. Valparaiso has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Valparaiso’s character.
Setting & Lifestyle
Valparaiso 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.
One of the benefits of Valparaiso is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.21 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
In Valparaiso, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Valparaiso is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.