Brevard County is located along the east Florida coast, also known as the "Space Coast." The John F. Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have deeply influenced the area's cultural identity, as well as its industry, economy and rapid population growth. The region is one of the top metropolitan areas in the state for affordable housing and short commutes to work. The comfortable subtropical climate, boundless recreational opportunities and low crime rate furthermore make it a wonderful place to settle down.
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The most populous city in Brevard County is Palm Bay, located toward the southeast and offering single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, town homes and gated subdivisions. With its close proximity to the St. Johns River, the city is known for its culture of bass fishing. Golf courses, off-road cycling, kayaking, running and nature trails provide plentiful recreation for all ages. Just north is the city of Melbourne, which is centered around the Melbourne International Airport. The historic downtowns provide dining, entertainment and retail options, while a zoo and numerous parks make Melbourne ideal for families. Titusville, the county seat, sits in the north, just across the Indian River from the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, providing a uniquely majestic crossroads of nature and space. The area is also famous for Cape Canaveral, which is notable not only for spacecraft launches and cruise lines but also for luxurious beachside living.
Tourism is a major industry in Brevard County, both for the beaches and for the space program attractions. Hotels, shops, restaurants, information centers and other leisure and hospitality services require a large workforce and ambitious local entrepreneurs to keep up with the millions of visitors annually. The Kennedy Space Center is the area's largest employer, putting several thousand to work. Hundreds of aerospace companies provide additional opportunities. The space program's influence has further contributed to the area's development as a national leader for high technology. Still more are able to find work in local government, construction, finance, healthcare and education.