Melbourne, Florida’s ‘Harbour City’, is midway down the Atlantic coast of the state, and sports all the best attractions of Florida, including palm trees, pristine coastlines and beaches, and plenty of festivals throughout the year. Many of the homes in Melbourne are condos, ranging from one-story shared structures with adobe styling to tall high-rise buildings that are located in the midst of the busy city.
Generally, Melbourne is segmented by the main and historically central thoroughfare that divides the east, west, north, and south sections of the town, Brevard Drive. Babcock Street runs perpendicular to Brevard and further divides the city into its various districts. Numerous residential and retail areas of the city are included on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the Eau Gallie Arts District, which offers historical walking tours. Melbourne Square is the largest shopping district in the city, and is located within close proximity of several desirable neighborhoods. The two downtown business districts each contain many spacious residential buildings and communities. Seventeen community parks, thirteen neighborhood parks that are specific to certain residential communities, and five small city parks are interspersed throughout Melbourne, as are major attractions like the Brevard Zoo and Wickham Park. The Melbourne Beachside area is to the far east near the South Beaches barrier island.
Tourism and leisure is a continuous main staple of the Melbourne economy, as are other industries such as healthcare and medical sciences, government, education, manufacturing, research, transportation, defense, retail and commerce, and technology. Corporations in Melbourne that employ a large number of workers include DRS Technologies, General Electric Transportation Systems, Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Ares Defense, and LiveTV. The Melbourne International Airport, in the middle of the city, is another major employer. In terms of healthcare, the Holmes Regional Medical Center, the Wuesthoff Medical Center Melbourne Campuses, and Kindred Hospital have large workforces.