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09/25/2015

August Monthly Market Update Brevard County, FL Real Estate Information | Brevard County Real Estate Overview

Brevard County Florida Market Update 

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Area Information for Brevard County, FL
  • Population:546,827
  • Median Age:44.75 yr
  • Median Commute Time:20.25 mins
  • Educational Climate*:3
  • Sales Tax:5.995%
  • Population Density:538/sq mi
  • Population Change Since 2000:14.82%
  • Closest Airport:Melbourne International
  • Closest College:Everest University-melbourne Campus
  • Closest Jr. College:Brevard Community College-cocoa
  • Median Household Income:$50,329
  • Annual Residential Turnover:15.4%
  • Median Years in Residence:4.01 yr
  • Median Home Sales Price:$101,000
  • Closest Major Sports Team:Tampa Bay Lighting
  • Change Avg. Household Income Since 2000:25%

Brevard County, FL Real Estate Information | Brevard County Real Estate Overview

Demographic Data for Brevard County, FL
Median Age: 44.75 Married: 37% Number of Households: 240,480 Households with Children: 62,492
Community:
  • 0-4  27816

  • 5-9 28056

  • 10-14 30454

  • 15-19 34025

  • 20-24 31780

  • 25-29 28553

  • 30-34 27260

  • 35-39 27708

  • 40-44 31715

  • 45-49 40466

  • 50-54 45384

  • 55-59 41243

  • 60-64 36659

  • 65-69 32322

  • 70-74 27377

  • 75-79 22301

  • 80-84 17173

  • 85+ 16535

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,557 square miles (4,030 km2), of which 1,016 square miles (2,630 km2) is land and 541 square miles (1,400 km2) (34.8%) is water.[5] Most of the water is the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon. The county is larger in area than the nation of Samoa and nearly the same size, and population, as Cape Verde.[6] It is one-third the size of the state ofRhode Island.

Located halfway between Jacksonville and Miami, Brevard County extends 72 miles (116 km) from north to south, and averages 26.5 miles (42.6 km) wide. Marshes in the western part of this county are the source of the St. Johns River. Emphasizing its position as halfway down Florida is the presence of two roads that are halfway down Florida’s numbering system, State Road 50 and State Road 500.

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway along the eastern edge of Brevard County is the major waterway route in Brevard County. It includes the Indian River. Additional waterways include Lake Washington, Lake Poinsett, Lake Winder, Sawgrass Lake, the St. Johns River, and the Banana River.

Brevard County is the sole county in the Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (formerly the Melbourne-Titusville-Cocoa, Florida Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area and Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area).

There is no major urban center.[7] The county is unofficially divided into three sections: North County, comprising Titusville, Mims and Port St. John; Central Brevard, which includes Cocoa, Rockledge, Merritt Island, and Cocoa Beach; and South County, which includes Melbourne, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and the South Beaches. The South Beaches is a term that measures direction south from the dividing line of Patrick Air Force Base, and includes South Patrick Shores, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic, and Melbourne Beach.

The county government has historically labeled the beach areas differently. The North Reach includes 9.4 miles (15.1 km) in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. The Patrick Air Force Base beach is 4.1 miles (6.6 km). The Mid Reach includes the 7.6 miles (12.2 km) in Satellite Beach. The South Reach includes the 3.8 miles (6.1 km) in Indialantic and Melbourne Beach. The South Beaches include 14.5 miles (23.3 km) south of Melbourne Beach toSebastian.[8]

The United States Board on Geographic Names is considering two proposals to officially name the barrier island extending from Port Canaveral to Sebastian Inlet. The 45-mile-long (72 km) island includes the city of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Patrick Air Force Base, and Satellite Beach. The American Indian Association of Florida submitted in October 2011 a proposal to name the island after the Ais people. The United Third Bridge and the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Melbourne submitted in January 2012 a proposal to name the island after Juan Ponce de León. The Board of Geographic Names usually takes at least eight months to decide on a new name for a geographical feature.[9]

There are 16 municipalities. The largest by population is Palm Bay, the smallest Melbourne Village.[10]

The county has eight canals[11] for transportation and drainage:

  • Canaveral Barge Canal, Courtenay – transportation
  • Faulk Canal, Cocoa
  • Grand Canal, Tropic
  • Haulover Canal, Mims – transportation
  • Melbourne Tillman Canal, Melbourne West – drainage
  • Old Canal, Wilson
  • C-1 (Canal 1), which is maintained by the Melbourne-Tillman Water Control District[12]
  • C-54 Canal – on the south Brevard County Line – drainage
  • L-15 Canal – Crane Creek Drainage District[13] which has a watershed of about 12,000 acres (4,900 ha).[14]

Geology

The soil contains high levels of phosphorus.[15]

Climate

The county has a Köppen climate classification of Cf with a year-round distribution of rainfall. This means a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers.[16] There are distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry lasts from December through May, the wet from June through November. During the dry season, periods of drought often occur, and can lead to a persistent and high wild land fire threat.[17] In numerous instances these fires have caused property damage. In one case several fires in 2008 forced the evacuation ofBayside Highschool In the town of Palm Bay. In this particular event 162 homes were damaged.[18]

Temperature varies noticeably in this 72-mile-long (116 km), north-to-south, county, particularly in winter. In north county, northern (temperate climate) flora can thrive, like deciduous trees. In the south county, sub-tropical plants can grow, such as royal palmtrees.[19] Progressing from west to east, there is a moderating effect from the ocean and, to a lesser extent, from the Indian River; so eastern low temperatures are higher, and high temperatures are lower, than is measured further west.

January is the coldest month, with an average low of 50.7 °F (10.4 °C) and an average high 71 °F (22 °C). The warmest months are July and August with average highs of 90 °F (32 °C) and average lows of 72.2. The driest month is April with 1.6 inches (4.1 cm) of rainfall; the wettest is September, with 6.6 inches (17 cm).[20]

Offshore ocean temperatures have averaged: January – 64 °F (18 °C), February – 62 °F (17 °C), March – 67 °F (19 °C) and April – 72 °F (22 °C).[21]

Florida is a large subtropical state that experiences hurricanes. Although Brevard county is located along Florida’s eastern peninsula, it is less frequently impacted by direct hurricane landfalls than portions of the Panhandle or South Florida. There are two predominant reasons for this. First, westward moving tropical systems often reach an atmospheric ridge weakness in the Bermuda High by the time they approach Florida at a latitude as northerly as Brevard County. Combined with frontal systems that exit the United States’ East Coast, many of these tropical systems are steered northwest and eventually curve northward offshore along Florida’s East Central Coast. A second reason is that hurricanes landfalling along the Florida peninsula Gulf Coast often weaken to a tropical storm by the time they move northeast to affect Brevard County (with some exceptions, such as 2004’s Charley).

Although Brevardians may refer to past storms as “hurricanes”, by the time they strike there, some of them may have subsided to tropical storms or depressions. Because of the threat of storm surge, the beach community on the barrier island is often required to evacuate well in advance of the storm.[22] The possibility of storm surge is diminished when the storm comes across the state instead of from the Atlantic.[23]

Tornado-like eddies spinning off from even small storms can result in severe damage in small areas.[24] Generally, summertime tornadoes are brief, are at the EF0 or EF1 level, and may not actually touch down. During the dry season, they can attain a force of EF2 and touch the ground for miles.[25] While tornadoes in the Midwest are more severe, a higher rate of deaths are experienced in Florida, and Brevard County, specifically, due to higher population density and quantity of manufactured homes.[26]

Five hurricanes have directly affected Brevard since 1950: David (September 3, 1979); Erin (August 2, 1995) – made landfall near Sebastian Inlet and caused mostly minor wind damage and more extensive flooding countywide; Charley (August 13, 2004) – caused damage in Titusville and North Brevard; Frances (September 3, 2004) – struck neighboring Vero Beach in Indian River County directly and caused widespread wind damage throughout Brevard;[27] and Jeanne (September 26, 2004) – struck Vero Beach directly, following very nearly the same path as Frances. The latter two storms caused widespread damage in South Brevard, and resulted in $2.8 billion in claim payments.[28] Slightly more than half of one percent (0.6%) of houses were lost.[29]

The following storms did not affect Brevard County with hurricane force winds: Floyd (September 15, 1999),[30] and Irene (October 16, 1999).[31]

Tropical Storm Fay dropped a record rainfall of 27.65 inches (70.2 cm) in 2008.[32]

The winter of 2009–2010 was the coldest on record since 1937 when records were first kept.[33] Planting season, which normally starts around February 14, came six weeks later instead.[34] Some flowers and herbs are planted as early as January.[35] December 2010 was the coldest December on record.[36]

Environment[edit]

 

Pine flatwoods and sand pine scrub

Brevard County works together with the federal and state government to control pollution and preserve wetlands and coastal areas through lands dedicated to conservation and wildlife protection.

There are 250 square miles (650 km2) of federally protected wildlife refuges.[37] These lands include Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Canaveral National Seashore, the St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge, the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, several conservation areas managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District, Brevard County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Sanctuaries,[38] and lands dedicated by the State as conservation areas.