An Air Force and Lockheed Martin ATLAS IIA sits poised on Space Launch Complex 36A. This ATLAS IIA Space Launch Vehicle, designated AC-129 is carrying an INMARSAT-3 F3 satellite.
Located approximately 35 miles east of Orlando, Space Coast stretches over 72 miles of the Atlantic Coastline with most of the region found within Brevard County where 20% of the population are active duty, veterans, and their families.
Today, the Space Coast economy is booming as companies invest billions of dollars across a variety of aerospace sectors in recent decades, leading to unprecedented manufacturing job growth that’s 2.8 times the U.S. average as the space race to Mars and beyond heats up.
“Florida’s Space Coast is the world’s premier gateway for civil, defense and commercial space. However, its prowess now extends beyond launch to the engineering and production of rockets, spacecraft, aircraft, payload and electronics, and ground support,” said Lynda L. Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. “The biggest names in aerospace, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, L3Harris, Northrop Grumman, Embraer, United Launch Alliance, SpaceX, and Blue Origin have chosen Brevard County to locate operations and executive leadership because it serves their missions, bottom lines, and workforce.”
Florida is an undisputed national and global leader in the aerospace industry, which contributes more than $20 billion to the local economy each year. The state ranks #2 in the U.S. for the number of aerospace and aviation establishments and is home to more than 17,000 aerospace-related companies that employ 130,000 Floridians. The Space Coast is the epicenter of human space flight and manufacturing with more than one-third of the state’s aerospace employees working in the region.
And Space Coast’s aerospace companies offer more opportunities than just the development of space vehicles and rockets. Researchers, engineers, and manufacturers of aircraft, guided missiles, and satellites are also prominent sectors. Overall, Florida’s aerospace careers pay an average salary of $95,000 annually. And remember: Florida residents pay no state income taxes.
Growing opportunities and sustainable employment aren’t the only things Space Coast has to offer. Annually ranked as one of the top places to live in the country by the U.S. News & World Report, Space Coast boasts 73-degree annual average temperatures, a brief 23-minute average commute time, and an affordable median home price of $213,000.