Palm Bay is the most populated city in Brevard County, with an estimated 114,000 residents. Palm Bay was also ranked the 18th largest city in Florida, spanning 68.8 square miles, while only being 30% built-out, which offers high potential for growth both in it's residential and business districts.
Because of it's size, affordable housing, low tax rate, and proximity to Kennedy Space Center, Melbourne International Airport, and Patrick Air Force Base; Palm Bay is an attractive location for major tech companies. Florida's Space Coast is considered by many to be the "next Silicon Valley". Almost 14% of workers in the Space Coast region, work in "advanced industries," making it the sixth-highest concentration of such jobs among large metro areas nationwide, and ahead of every large metro area in Florida.
Recreational activities in Palm Bay include 29 city parks offering paintball, skateboarding, basketball, sports fields, an aquatic center, a 200-acre regional park, two public / private golf courses, and much more.
Turkey Creek Sanctuary is 130-acres of biodiversity, and considered to be the pride of Palm Bay. Established in 1981, the sanctuary offers a 1.85 mile boardwalk passing through it's marsh and pine scrubs, a 1.5 mile jogging trail through the native forest, and a 1 mile mountain bike trail. Additionally, the sanctuary can be accessed by canoe or kayak, with the potential of seeing manatees, alligators, turtles, otter, and gar fish.
Education opportunities in Palm Bay are abundant and include 18 public and private K-12 schools. Bayside High School in Palm Bay, received the Silver Medal in U.S. News' Best High School Rankings. Palm Bay is also home to one of Brevard County's Eastern Florida State College Campuses.
The only vineyard in Brevard County, the River House Vineyard, can be found in Palm Bay. This small but mighty 1-acre vineyard features more than 150 vines that are usually ripe for picking starting August 1st. The vineyard does not actually sell alcohol, but the owner does assist patrons in making their own wine upon request. The vineyard also features a small historic home that can be rented out for events and weddings.