For 130 years, Palm Bay has been a growing community. When the first settlers founded the town of Tillman back in 1887, they likely had big aspirations, but may not have even imagined that it would one day become one of the largest cities in the entire state.
Palm Bay’s grand size and large population aren’t the only things that make it a standout. Here are five interesting, but little-known facts about the south Brevard city:
1. Palm Bay is the second largest city in Central Florida.
With nearly 103,000 residents, Palm Bay is the second largest city in Central Florida. Palm Bay is also the 18th most populous city in the Sunshine State and the largest city in Brevard County. The “bass fishing capital of the world” is still growing though. Palm Bay is only 30 percent built out, which leaves room for much more growth in all its sectors. In fact, the city’s website states that Forbes ranked Palm Bay America’s 15th Fastest-Growing City in 2014.
2. Palm Bay’s parks offer more than relaxing outdoor spaces.
Virtually all cities have parks and other community areas, but Palm Bay’s recreational areas cater to millennial sports enthusiasts in unique ways. Palm Bay boasts 29 city parks, several of which feature 21st century amenities, including:
- Paintball park
- Skateboarding park
- Aquatic Center
- Turkey Creek Sanctuary
3. In the last five years, volunteers have saved Palm Bay almost $1 million.
According to the Palm Bay Community Guide, 562 citizens organized through the Palm Bay Volunteer Service Corp have saved the city nearly $1 million dollars since 2010.
4. Palm Bay was the first city in Brevard County to have its own community garden.
In 2010, Palm Bay became the first city in Brevard County to have its own community gardening program when it opened the Nemo Community garden in the Lockmar Estates neighborhood. According to the Palm Bay Community Guide, the garden is modeled after World War II Victory Gardens to aid in creating “greenspace” throughout the city while providing residents with low cost organic produce.
5. Palm Bay is almost exactly equal distances from Miami and Jacksonville.
The city also covers exactly 100 square miles, making Palm Bay rather balanced in its geographic measures.