U.S. News & World Report just released their Best Places lists, and Melbourne was found near the top of "Best Places to Live in Florida", "Best Places to Retire", and "Best Places to Live in the USA".
Best Places to Live in Florida - Melbourne Ranks Second! Comparing the most populous metro areas in the Sunshine State, Melbourne earned the number two spot, topped only by Sarasota. According to U.S. News, Melbourne's high school students rank fourth out of the 125 most populous metro areas for college readiness, with only San Jose, California, Miami, and Reno, Nevada ranking higher. Melbourne is growing rapidly based on net migration, with a population growth of 8.74% between 2013 and 2017.
Best Places to Retire - Melbourne Ranks #19 out of 125 For this list, U.S. News analyzed data for the 125 largest metropolitan areas to assess how well they meet Americans' retirement needs and expectations. Top criteria included the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and healthcare quality. Not only does Melbourne have picture-perfect weather, it has beautiful beaches, plenty of golf courses, great fishing, plus new art and cultural opportunities every week. Sounds like a dream retirement location to us!
Best Places to Live in the USA - Melbourne Ranks #25 out of 125 U.S. News analyzed the 125 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live, and Melbourne came in near the top at number 25! To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life. With its mix of families, professionals, and retirees that come from all over the country, plus the area's focus on arts, science, and economic development, Melbourne is all around a great place to live!