Melbourne is located on the east central Florida coast about an hour south of Kennedy Space Center.
The Indian River separates mainland Melbourne from the small portion of the city that sits on a barrier island.
Melbourne is a hub of water sports of all sorts with the river, Atlantic Ocean and 33 miles of clean beaches as the playground. Melbourne is home to Florida Tech University and is within an hour's drive of Orlando.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Melbourne ranks high in air quality, population growth, home energy use and home sales prices. Melbourne ranks low in water quality and age of population.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, medical care, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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