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Overview: The oldest town in Brevard County, Rockledge borders the Indian River on Florida's mid-Atlantic Coast (Space Coast). It began its life as a winter resort and grew in the 1960s to make room for Kennedy Space Center employees. The town is about 15 minutes south of Cocoa, 30 minutes north of Melbourne, and an hour southeast of Orlando.
Rockledge is primarily residential with tidy ranch ramblers lining streets dotted with tall and squat palm trees. Some residences sit along the river. A quiet place, Rockledge still has enough retailers and eateries to meet most needs. There is no beach, but the town manages more than 15 boat docks and parks, and when complete, 110-acre Barton Park will have fishing piers and hiking trails. Liitle League games and soccer games are popular, and the Space Coast Ice Plex has public skating. Residents are minutes from the Historic Cocoa Playhouse and Melbourne's King Center. Both venues showcase a variety of performing arts.
The 30,000-acre Banana River Aquatic Park Preserve to the east of town shelters the largest pelican rookery on the Atlantic Coast as well as alligators and terrapin turtles. Its shallow seagrasses and mangroves nurture large game fish. Visitors can paddle the sanctuary's backwaters or walk its paths. The River Lakes Conservation Area west of Rockledge is the place for wildlife viewing.
Population: 27,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 41%
Cost of Living: 3% above the national average
Median Home Price: $210,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Space Coast Area Transit
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No, but the Georgia Phillips Reading Room fills the gaps.
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The community is vulnerable to hurricanes.
Notes: Rockledge has grown by 65% within the last couple of decades and is becoming more racially diverse.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 more golf courses than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Florida, particularly the Keys and the Gulf Coast, was struck by Category 4 Hurricane Irma in early September, 2017. Towns will rebuild, perhaps this time with climate change in mind, making them safer and better equipped to handle major hurricanes going forward.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 58%
Median household income - $47,525
Median home value - $159,900
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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