The oldest incorporated community in Brevard County, Rockledge is home to more than 23,000 residents. The city covers approximately 10 square miles and is located just south of Cocoa. In addition to being the Space Coast’s oldest city, Rockledge also is the oldest winter resort on Florida’s east coast.
Although Rockledge is primarily a residential community, it does have a small base of light, industrial businesses. There’s a wide variety of retail stores and centers, a hospital, four schools and churches of various denominations, which meet the needs of residents.
Riverside neighborhoods evoke times past, with historic buildings shaded by ancient trees draped in Spanish moss. Many of the original settlers built their homes here using income from the orange groves which once carpeted the landscape.
The community is very family-friendly, as any visitor to Rockledge Park on a weekend can attest to – with supporters cheering on the numerous little league softball and soccer games. Nearby McLarty Park is home to the Rockledge Little League, and in addition to its athletic facilities hosts many family events such as Easter egg hunts and the annual residents’ picnic.
With its beauty, amenities, and neighborly atmosphere, it’s no wonder so many new businesses and housing developments are springing up to cater to all the residents attracted to this friendly community.
Residents of Rockledge generally fall into the demographic group of middle-aged married couples with school-aged and adult children. They are comfortably settled in single-family homes in older neighborhoods, although new developments are increasing in popularity. Nearly one-fifth of the population receives some type of retirement income. They typically spend money on home-improvement projects, home furnishings, and outdoor equipment.
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