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What Merritt Island is like for active adults

Merritt Island is a peaceful retirement community of 36,000 located on the so-called “Space Coast” of Florida’s east coast. Nature gets top billing in Merritt Island. Its centerpiece is the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, 22 square miles of wetlands and home to more than 300 species of birds. Merritt Island represents an alternative to living in the big city or in a very affluent community for active adults 55+. Atlantic beaches are nearby, as is historic Cocoa Village.

Retirees who live in Merritt Island find it is possible to live near the water or a national wildlife refuge. They can live in town or in one of the many gated communities in the town or surrounding area. This diverse city is warm in the winter. Merritt Island is located in Brevard County. Here are more resources and information on what is like to retire in Florida

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

If you choose to live in Merritt Island find it is possible to live near the water or  national wildlife refuge. You can live in town or in one of the many gated communities in the town or surrounding area (see link at top right). 
The median selling price for homes in Merritt Island is $205,300 in mid-2015, according to

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What is special about this retirement community

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Blackpoint Wildlife Drive; Many public parks; Cocoa Beach Pier ; Many gated golf communities; Proximity to Cape Canaveral and the John F. Kennedy Space Center; Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival each January.

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What is not special about this retirement community
• Crowds in season •  Merritt Island is off the beaten track • Hurricane season
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What kinds of people like retiring here

Merritt Island attracts a community of retirees who want to live in an understated, community  but who have a strong interest in nature, space, or golf.

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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, retail, services, and real estate are important to the economy
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Climate and Physical Environment
Merritt Island is midway down the east coast of Florida. According to the Wikipedia Merritt Island was originally an island and is still referred to as one. To the west and south it is separated by the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Causeways lead to Atlantic Beaches such as Cocoa Beach.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Merritt Island culture is built around its proximity to nature and the space program.
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Crime rate is below average in Merritt Island.
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Medical facilities
Cape Canaveral Hospital is 4 miles away
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Orlando is the nearest big airport.
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Valuable Links

Merritt Island on Wikipedia

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  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,Coastal,Boating Community,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: gwebsterg

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