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. There are 16,412 residents in Cocoa.
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
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.
The Melbourne International Airport is the closest major airport to Cocoa.
Cocoa Higher Education
The city is served by the Brevard Community College
Cocoa strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):
Affordability of Property Taxes
Walking and Biking to Work
Comparing Cocoa to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):
Ratings range from (lowest) to (highest).
|Female Share of the Population|
|Children Under 5 Years Old|
|Age of the Population|
|Male Share of the Population|
|Well-Paid Single Men|
|Average Household Size|
|Portion of People Married|
|College Educated Adults|
|People in Middle Class or Better|
|People Above Poverty|
|Median Family Income|
|Walking and Biking to Work|
|Public Transportation Use|
|Short Commute Times|
|Working at Home|
|Affordability of Property Taxes|
|Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals|
|Seasonal and Vacation Housing|
|People Living Alone|
|Affordability of Rents|
|Housing Recently Built|
|Low Property Crime|
|Low Violent Crime|
|Nearest Medium City||22 miles N of Melbourne, Florida (center to center)|
|Nearest Large City||109 miles E of Tampa, Florida|
|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.|
Nearest Weather StationsNotes:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Average Family Size||2.97|
|American Indian & Alaskan||104||0.6%|
|Hispanic (included in categories above)||809||4.9%|
|Est. 2005 Population||16,898|
(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)
|Other (often includes Hispanic and African American)||43.5%|
|French (except Basque)||2.9%|
|(As of 2006)|
2700 Clearlake Road
COCOA HIGH SCHOOL
2000 TIGER TRAIL
Serves 1,445 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8
5650 HIGHWAY 520
A Charter School.
Serves 105 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15
5225 DEWITT AVENUE
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13
CENTER FOR DRUG FREE LIVING
3905 GRISSOM PARKWAY
Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5
1010 DIXON BOULEVARD
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16
BREVARD CO. JAIL - JUVENILE ED
5225 DEWITT AVENUE
A Non-traditional School
Serves 7 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7
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Indian River at Cocoa between 1880 and 1897
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