Brevard County offers great schools, year-round fun, beautiful but affordable luxury homes and to top it all off, it’s very safe to live here and raise a family. According to the latest Alarm System Reviews, Melbourne Beach, Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach all made the list for the safest communities in Florida.
In order to make the cut, cities were judged on the numbers of violent crimes and property crimes that occurred within a given year. Several sources were used as reference including the most recent and complete annual Uniform Crime Report produced by the FBI, the Census Bureau, as well as other government agencies and organizations that organize and maintain relevant information. The Uniform Crime Report focuses on 7 major types of crimes: robbery, forcible rape, burglary, homicide, larceny/theft, arson and aggravated assault.
After compiling all of this data, they determined the 15 safest states in the US, as well as the safest cities in the US. These findings are limited to cities that have at least 2,500 residents, as well as complete data reports sent to the FBI for the Uniform Crime Report. For these reasons, some communities with very low crime did not make the list simply because they are too small.
Alarm System Reviews writes, “Our ranking methodology involved comparisons between state and national rates for crime, safety and other relevant factors, including the state’s emergency services capabilities as well as traffic statistics.”
What Are The Safest Cities In Brevard County?
The cities within Brevard County to make the list include: Melbourne Beach (13th), Satellite Beach (20th) and Indian Harbour Beach (27th). Overall, Florida ranks number 45 on the Alarm System Reviews’ Safest Places to Live in the U.S. That means our little piece of paradise, aka Brevard County, outranks the average safety score applied to other parts of our state. We always knew Brevard County was one of the best places to live, and this helps prove our point further.
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 11.8
Melbourne Beach is Brevard’s oldest beach community and it has certainly maintained its charm over the years. In 2007, it was voted one of the top 10 best bargain retirement spots in the US.
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 13.1
Satellite Beach is a beautiful barrier island that is bordered by the Indian River (on the west) and the Atlantic Ocean (on the east). It is considered a part of the South Beaches. Alongside safety, Satellite Beach offers ocean and river front properties, as well as the largest beachside in the county with over 7.7 miles of pristine shoreline. There are a lot of schools to choose from in the area, including Satellite High School, DeLaura Middle School, Holland Elementary, Surfside Elementary and Sea Park Elementary.
Indian Harbour Beach
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.6
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 15.4
To add to the overall safety score of Indian Harbour Beach, it is the first and only community on the East Coast to be listed as a NOAA Tsunami Ready Community. There is one elementary school in the area, Ocean Breeze Elementary, which scored an 11 in the state on the FCAT test in 2009.
Brevard Crime Rates & Statistics
While some communities rank safer than others, Brevard County is an overall safe place to live. Property crime in Brevard is lower than in many other comparable parts of the nation. Brevard’s crime rate has continued to decline in recent years. 2014, compared to 2013, saw a decline of 6.3% in reported crime rate. The current Brevard crime rate is the lowest it’s been in the last 20 years.
Pros To Moving To Brevard County:
-Access to some of Florida’s highest ranked schools, both public and private.
-Great weather year-round.
-Lots of fun activities for families, couples and singles, from golfing to surfing to visiting the local Brevard Zoo.
-Safe area with relatively low crime rates in regards to violent offenses and property crimes.
-Affordable luxury properties, including lakefront and oceanfront homes.
Are you considering making the move to Brevard County? We would love to help you find the perfect home! Contact us today to get started on your home search. There’s no one better to have on your team than a real estate agent from Curri Properties.