Brevard is not only the nation’s Launchpad to Outer Space, it’s also a great place to live right here on Earth!
Named for Theodore Washington Brevard, a Florida Comptroller in the mid-19th century and early settler, Brevard County has come a long way since 1848, when the first permanent settlement was established near Cape Canaveral. Back then the county wasn’t such a safe and secure place as it is today – Seminole Indian attacks were the main concern in those days. By the 1880s, the area was growing, with cities such as Melbourne, Eau Gallie, Titusville, Rockledge, and Cocoa having developed along the Indian River.
With the advent of the automobile in the early 20th century, roads were rapidly being built, connecting Brevard with the rest of Florida as well as with the nation at large. It was still considered a “backwoods” area of Florida, but that was about to change when the Long Range Proving Ground was established at Cape Canaveral in the 1950s, making the area forever the mecca of space travel and, with it, high-tech engineering – and giving the area its appropriate nickname, “Space Coast.” While much of the county still is agricultural – about ¼ of the land being used for citrus and raising cattle or horses – the pursuit of space travel has dramatically transformed the once primarily low-tech farmer/fisherman economy into a high-tech engineering and computer economy.
The arrival of the space age in Brevard in the 1950s has brought phenomenal growth ever since. Between 1950 and 1960, the county’s population grew almost 5-fold, as the aerospace industry has drawn businesses and job seekers in droves. Today, the area has more than 700 high-technology companies, including 495 aerospace companies, and more than 23,000 high-tech jobs. A major business journal ranked Brevard as the nation’s eighth largest high tech center in 2009, and Inc. Magazine described it as the best place in Florida to do business and sixth best in the entire country. While the 1960s saw the growth of nearby Orlando with its Disney-driven retail establishments and malls, which has provided special shopping opportunities for the people of Brevard, the 21st century has seen a major revival of Brevard’s own retail sector, as downtown areas have been rejuvenated and expanded. In addition, Port Canaveral is today the world’s busiest cruise port – with six major cruise terminals.
In 2010 Kiplinger rated Brevard as one of five “best” places in America to retire, citing its cost of living, weather, number of doctors, taxes, crime rates and recreational opportunities. American City Business Journals has rated the county’s quality of life 7th out of 67 major areas of the country.
Brevard may be world famous as the location of mankind’s greatest launching pad to outer space, but it has also produced some of the best homes in which to live right here on earth. No need to take a rocket to the moon when Sotera Living of Brevard can find you the most comfortable and secure place to make your home right here in Brevard!