Introduction to Cape Canaveral, Florida

Cape Canaveral, Florida, in Brevard county, is 22 miles N of Melbourne, Florida (center to center) and 117 miles E of Tampa, Florida. It's part of the surrounding Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay metro area.

Cape Canaveral History

The area which is now known as Cape Canaveral was first appraised by a group of vacationing journalists from Orlando. The city of Cape Canaveral is located in Brevard County, which was established in 1844. The county is also known as Space Coast because of the presence of the John F. Kennedy Space Center. It is said that Juan Ponce de Leon arrived at its shores in 1513. The American Revolutionary War’s last naval battle, which was fought in 1783, off the shores of Cape Canaveral, took place between the HMS Sybill and the USS Alliance.

Cape Canaveral and Nearby Attractions

  • Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science.
  • Canaveral National Seashore.
  • Brevard Museum of Art and Science.
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
  • American Police Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • William Beardall Tosohatchee State Preserve.

Things To Do In Cape Canaveral

While in Cape Canaveral, one can visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the Canaveral National Seashore, Cherie Down Park and Jetty Park. The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, and the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum, provide information about the historical and cultural background of the area. The Brevard Zoo is also located nearby. The Kennedy Space Center is one of the main attractions in Cape Canaveral.

Cape Canaveral Transportation

Space Coast Regional Airport is located nearby.

Cape Canaveral Higher Education

Students can pursue higher education at the University of Central Florida, Rollins College and Valencia Community College.


Total Population 10,031
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 31.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,241
Age of the Population 56


% of people married 48.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.3%
Median Earnings25+ $31,981
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,407
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,465


Median Family Income $65,174
% Above Poverty Level 86.6%
% Below Poverty Level 13.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 8.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 47.3%
Median Gross Rent $817
Median House Value $167,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.7%
Irish 18.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cape Canaveral Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles N of Melbourne, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 117 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Brevard
Metro Area Melbourne - Titusville - Palm Bay
Standard Zip Codes 32920
Phone Area Codes 321
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.405
Longitude -80.605

Cape Canaveral Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 70 F
Apr Temp 60 to 81 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 66 to 83 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Distance 44.4 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 72 F
Apr Temp 60 to 83 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 66 to 85 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Distance 48.6 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 70 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 64 to 83 F
Annual Precip 51.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cape Canaveral, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cpe Canaveral (32920)

Port Canaveral (32920)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cocoa 17,339 $39,167
Cocoa Beach 11,355 $70,132
Indialantic 2,764 $87,422
Rockledge 25,798 $68,983
Satellite Beach 10,351 $78,872
Titusville 44,363 $52,305

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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