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Relocation Guide to Amelia Island, Florida

Daydreaming about your Amelia Island vacation, the allure of the beach and gentle waves beckons you to make this luxury resort in Florida your home. This northeastern corner of the Sunshine State is a unique, family-oriented, uncrowded tropical paradise filled with small-town living and southern charm. It’s time to make your move! Here is some helpful information to get you started.

Named in honor of Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of England, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2020 voted Amelia Island one of the top 10 islands in the United States!

Today on Amelia Island

Amelia Island is an area in Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida with a population of 36,395 people. Specifically, there are 17,794 male residents living on Amelia Island and 18,601 female residents. Employment numbers show that there are 84.35% white collar employees and 15.65% blue collar employees on the Island.

Statistics about Amelia Island Homes

  • Median age in Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach is 54.3 years;
  • Total households number 15,707, with 2 people per household on average;
  • There are 3,224 houses with children and 12,483 households without children;
  • Average household income is $109,008 and the median household income is $74,668;
  • There are 20,483 housing units and the median year built is 1993;
  • Of the 15,707 housing units on the island, 74% of homes are owned, while 26% are rented;
  • 7,716 or 60% of homes have mortgages, while 40% of homes do not have a mortgage;
  • The median value of mortgages is $302,600. The median value without a mortgage is $377,100. The median mortgage payment is $1,278 per month;
  • 19.31% of Amelia Island residents have never been married. 59.36% are married, 13.64% have been divorced, and 7.69% are widowed.

Statistics according to the U.S. Census Bureau, July 2019

Crime Statistics in Amelia Island

According to crime statistics reported for the City of Fernandina Beach, the area has an overall crime rate of 13 per 1,000, making the crime rate near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in the United States

Living in a Resort, Island Climate

This barrier island enjoys a more balanced climate due to cool Atlantic onshore breezes during the heat of summer and the warmer onshore breezes during the winter. These wind patterns keep our Amelia Island communities like Amelia Island Plantation, Crane Island, and Summer Beach more moderate than the inland towns and cities. Our average high temperature during the summer months is 90 degrees, as our average high in the winter months is around 65 degrees. The average rainfall is 48.81 inches per year.

Nassau County School System

The Nassau County, Florida District is an A-rated public school system with 16 fully accredited schools to serve over 12,000 students. Contact the Nassau County School District offices at 904.491.9900

Public Schools on Amelia Island

Private Schools on Amelia Island

Medical Care and Hospitals in Amelia Island

Northeast Florida has long been a hub for the entire spectrum of healthcare offerings. Nassau County follows this lead with high-quality healthcare facilities and medical staff on Amelia Island, featuring Baptist Medical Center Nassau. This community hospital is a highly advanced, extremely well-equipped facility that provides a full spectrum of in- and outpatient services and 24-hour emergency care to our coastal community.

Local healthcare resources in Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach include:

Helpful Contacts for Moving to Amelia

Cable and Internet Providers
ATT (800-288-2020)
Comcast/Xfinity (800-266-2278)

Florida Public Utilities (904-261-3663)
City of Fernandina Beach Utilities (904-310-3400)

Nassau County Chamber of Commerce (904-261-3248)
Nassau County Property Appraiser's Office (904-491-7300)
Homestead Exemptions (904-491-7300)
Nassau County Tax Collector (904-491-7400)
Driver's Licenses and Vehicle Registration (904-491-7400)

Distances to Popular Destinations

  • 40 minutes to Jacksonville International Airport
  • 1 hour and 26 minutes to St Augustine, Florida
  • 1 hour and 57 Minutes to Savannah, Georgia
  • 2 hours and 45 minutes to Walt Disney World, Florida
  • 5 hours and 30 minutes to Atlanta, Georgia

Things to Do On Amelia Island

Amelia Island offers something for everyone.  Do you enjoy indoor or outdoor activities?  There is a lot of fun for land, sea and air enthusiast.  Many enjoy the history, shopping and theatre as well as golfing, biking, swimming, art, music and lots of food! There’s something for everyone on Amelia Island.

Golfing on Amelia Island

LINKS Magazine Named Amelia Island one of the "Top 25 Golf Islands in the World” the only destination in the United States to make the list. Now more than ever is the perfect time to plan that getaway to golf paradise!

Public Golf Courses

Private Golf Courses

Tennis Facilities in Amelia

Racquet sports and pickle ball are alive and well on Amelia Island! Private clubs and public courts dot the island, with a variety of surfaces and all professionally maintained and serviced. Lessons and clinics are also available.

Public Tennis Courts

Central Park
2500 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL32034

Private Tennis Courts

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

The Amelia Island Club
5 Ocean Club Drive, Amelia Island, FL 32034

Kraft Tennis Club
Kraft 10 Acres, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, Amelia Island, FL 32034
815-579-1677 (KTP President)

Amelia Island Senior Living Communities

Experience retirement the way it should be in one of many communities, dedicated to helping seniors live happy, healthy lives. Retirement communities on Amelia Island offer  multiple residential options, a wellness focus, plenty of nutritious meals, and a robust calendar of activities and events.

Osprey Village
48 Osprey Village Dr, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

The Lakeside at Amelia Island
649 Amelia Island Pkwy, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Savannah Grand of Amelia Island
1900 Amelia Trace Ct, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Jane Adams House
1550 Nectarine St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Amelia Island Public Beach Access Locations

Make sure to enjoy Amelia Island’s 13 miles of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean, with two state parks at the island’s tips, plus city and county public beach parks. There are also multiple beach access points with free parking.

Special Events on Amelia Island

All year long, Amelia Island offers a potpourri of events and festivals that celebrate the past, present and future. With the onset of the pandemic, some events may be postponed or reimagined.

Exploring Amelia Island's History

Hundreds of years before the first French explorers found our Island, the people who lived in this paradise were the Timucuan American natives who called it “Napoyca.” The French explorers then began a series of occupations between the 16th to 19th centuries, and eight different flags flew over the land. Hence, the Island’s second name became, “Isle of Eight Flags.”

The eight flags flown include the following:

  • Confederate States of America
  • Great Britain
  • France
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • The Patriotic Republic of Florida
  • The Latin American Patriots Green Cross of Florida
  • United States

Need Help Relocating to Amelia?

I would be glad to answer any questions you might have, as well as take you around Amelia and Fernandina Beach to find your perfect home. Feel free to give me a call at (904) 321-7917 or email me.

According to crime statistics reported for the City of Fernandina Beach, the area has an overall crime rate of 13 per 1,000, making the crime rate near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in the United States.

Eventually, the Island would be named in honor of Princess Amelia, daughter of King George II of England. The greatest period of prosperity fell between 1875-1900 called, “The Golden Years.” Tourism blossomed due to Fernandina’s two elegant hotels and the shipping industry.

After the turn of the 20th century, the downtown district became frozen in the Victorian Age as the tourism business flowed south. Soon after, the modern shrimping industry was born from our rivers and shores and much industry was revitalized. Two pulp mills helped stabilize the economy, opening a new wave toward tourism in the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Omni Amelia Island Resort.

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