Merritt Island : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Merritt Island

Merritt Island is a peaceful retirement community of about 35,000 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


Where to Retire in Merritt Island and Home Prices

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 left). 
The median home value in Merritt Island was $414,987 in early 2022, according to


What Is Special about Merritt Island

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.


What Is Not Special about Merritt Island

• Crowds in season •  Merritt Island is off the beaten track • Hurricane season

Who Will Like Retirement in Merritt Island

Merritt Island attracts retirees who want to live in an understated, community but who have a strong interest in nature, space, or golf. About 24% of the population here is 65 years and older (2020 Census).


Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, retail, services, and real estate are important to the economy

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.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Merritt Island culture is built around its proximity to nature and the space program.


Crime rate is below average in Merritt Island.

Medical Facilities

Cape Canaveral Hospital is 4 miles away


Orlando is the nearest big airport.

Valuable Links

Visit Merritt Island

Merritt Island on Wikipedia


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