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Overview

Introduction to Cocoa, Florida

Cocoa, Florida, in Brevard county, is 22 miles N of Melbourne, Florida (center to center) and 109 miles E of Tampa, Florida.. The city is in the Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay area.

Cocoa History

Cocoa was founded sometime around 1860. It was initially settled by fishermen. The city was subsequently incorporated in 1895. It suffered extensive destruction when a fire destroyed the entire business district in 1890. However, this did not deter people from pushing ahead with further growth for the city. The development of the city was given a great boost with the laying down of a railway network. The state suffered further damages in 1894-95, when the citrus crop was destroyed by the Great Freeze; this event was followed by another phase of development which ended with Great Depression in 1929. After recovering from the Great Depression, Cocoa has become a very strong city.

Cocoa and Nearby Attractions

  • Porcher House.
  • Historic Cocoa Village.
  • Alma Clyde Field Library of Florida History.
  • Brevard Museum of History & Science.
  • Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory.
  • Cocoa Playhouse.
  • Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.
  • Florida Solar Energy Center.
  • The Kennedy Space Center.
  • Disney World.
  • Sea World.

Cocoa Activities

The beaches and the Indian River are the favored spots of recreation. One can indulge in both salt water and fresh water fishing, swim or laze around. There are daily cruises out of the marina, organized by the Indian River Queen. The Cocoa Village hosts special events throughout the year; these events include parties, street celebrations and fund-raisers.

Cocoa Transportation

The Melbourne International Airport is the closest major airport to Cocoa.

Cocoa Higher Education

The city is served by the Brevard Community College

People

Total Population 17,339
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,811
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 35.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.7%
Median Earnings25+ $23,718
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,353
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,868

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,167
% Above Poverty Level 70.7%
% Below Poverty Level 29.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 5.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.6%
Median Gross Rent $689
Median House Value $94,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.4%
US/American 0.5%
English 6.9%
Irish 8.1%

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

Cocoa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles N of Melbourne, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 109 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Brevard
Metro Area Melbourne - Titusville - Palm Bay
Standard Zip Codes 32922, 32926, 32927
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32923, 32924
Phone Area Codes 321
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.385
Longitude -80.742

Cocoa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station TITUSVILLE
Distance 18 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
Station ORLANDO INTL AP
Distance 36.1 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
Station KISSIMMEE 2
Distance 41.7 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 72 F
Apr Temp 58 to 82 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 48 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cape Canaveral 10,031 $65,174
Cocoa Beach 11,355 $70,132
Rockledge 25,798 $68,983
Satellite Beach 10,351 $78,872
Titusville 44,363 $52,305
West Melbourne 19,667 $71,513

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

Cocoa Public Libraries

Library
Brevard County Library System
219 INDIAN RIVER DRIVE
Cocoa, Florida
(321) 633-1801
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Cocoa High Schools

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COCOA HIGH SCHOOL
2000 TIGER TRAIL
321-632-5300
Serves 1,445 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

EINSTEIN MONTESSORI
5650 HIGHWAY 520
321-631-9876
A Charter School.
Serves 105 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

DETENTION CENTER
5225 DEWITT AVENUE
321-631-1911
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

CENTER FOR DRUG FREE LIVING
3905 GRISSOM PARKWAY
321-631-1911
Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

CROSSWINDS
1010 DIXON BOULEVARD
321-631-1911
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

BREVARD CO. JAIL - JUVENILE ED
5225 DEWITT AVENUE
321-631-1911
A Non-traditional School
Serves 7 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

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Indian River at Cocoa 1890

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Indian River at Cocoa 1890

Indian River at Cocoa between 1880 and 1897

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