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About Palm Bay

Situated directly on the Atlantic Coast, Palm Bay is an integral part of Florida's Space Coast. It's one of the largest cities in Brevard County, experiencing an incredible rate of growth in the late 20th century.

The city dates back to the late 19th century, when early settlers knew it as Tillman. Renamed Palm Bay in 1925, the city was finally incorporated in 1960, and the completion of U.S. Highway 1 in 1963 brought countless visitors and residents to the area.

Living in Palm Bay

Palm Bay is a family-friendly, dynamic community to call home, with plenty of recreational amenities and local events. Whether you're a single professional or the parent of young children, you'll find that there are a number of activities and facilities perfectly tailored for your entertainment.

Turkey Creek Sanctuary is a large nature preserve in Palm Bay that offers kayaking, canoeing, jogging trails and an educational exhibit describing the surrounding wildlife. You can also take park ranger-led tours through the sanctuary, which are free and open to all ages. The Palm Bay Adventurers Club is a unique city organization that brings its members to a wide variety of cultural and athletic events in the area, providing an excellent way to get to know your community and meet new people. Excursions include group trips to the spring training games of MLB's Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.

If you have children, there are also many special activities provided by the city just for them. Summer camp programs are available for both young children and teens, and there are several youth sports leagues to choose from. The Palm Bay Aquatic Center is also popular with families for its water play zones, slide, lap pool and diving boards.

Jobs in Palm Bay

If you're in need of a job in Palm Bay, you'll find that you have plenty of options. The city and the surrounding Brevard County are home to a variety of businesses, ranging from education to health care to aerospace. The largest employers in the area include the Brevard County School Board, health care providers Health First and Parrish Medical Center and defense industry leaders Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

You may want to consider starting your search in the area's thriving industries of education and health services, trade and transportation, or business services and government. Leisure and hospitality is a quickly expanding sector that may offer plenty of job opportunities as well.

Palm Bay Schools

Palm Bay students attend Brevard County Schools, which includes several charter schools in addition to its traditional elementary, middle and high schools. Most of the private schools in Palm Bay are faith-based campuses, but you can find a few secular options in neighboring communities.

Higher education campuses in Palm Bay and the surrounding area include Eastern Florida State College, Barry University and the University of Central Florida.

Resources for Moving to Palm Bay

Here's some basic information to help you organize your move to Palm Bay:

  • Utilities: The city of Palm Bay provides drinking water and sewer services, while electricity is supplied by Florida Power & Light.
  • Garbage and Recycling: You can expect your trash and recyclables to regularly be collected curbside, with your specific schedule determined by your home's location.
  • Transportation: Space Coast Area Transit operates several routes through Palm Bay, and transportation to nearby cities.

Palm Bay Housing

Palm Bay's most affordable homes are typically on the northeast side of the city, while more expensive homes tend to be situated on the waterfront. Prices are relatively affordable for this beachfront city, with a median home price that's quite a bit lower than the averages of many nearby cities.