Introduction to Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach, Florida, in Brevard county, is 16 miles N of Melbourne, Florida (center to center) and 115 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The people of the city are in the Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay metropolitan area. 

Cocoa Beach History

Cocoa Beach was initially settled by a family of slaves who had been newly freed after the Civil War. The development of Cocoa Beach began when it was bought by Gus Edwards. It was established as a city in 1925 and incorporated in 1957.

Cocoa Beach and Nearby Attractions

  • Cocoa Beach Country Club.
  • Kennedy Space Center.
  • Patrick Air Force Base.
  • Cape Canaveral.

Things To Do In Cocoa Beach

The city of Cocoa Beach is a popular vacation destination. It offers a unique combination of experiences to visitors because of its location between the Kennedy Space Center, the Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral. It has a six mile long beach with facilities for all kinds of entertainment activities. There are great places for shopping and dining in the city. One can also watch missile launches place at the Kennedy Space Center. The 27-holed municipal golf course delights golf lovers. The city hosts an annual Space Coast Art festival during Thanksgiving Weekend which is a highly anticipated event in Brevard County.

Cocoa Beach Transportation

Orlando International Airport is the closest major airport.

Cocoa Beach Higher Education

Brevard Community College - Cocoa Campus provides adult education opportunities.


Total Population 11,355
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 33.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,700
Age of the Population 56


% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $70,132
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 9.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 40.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,029
Median House Value $251,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13%
US/American 0.2%
English 15.7%
Irish 19.7%

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

Cocoa Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles N of Melbourne, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 115 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Brevard
Metro Area Melbourne - Titusville - Palm Bay
Standard Zip Codes 32931
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32932
Phone Area Codes 321
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.319
Longitude -80.607

Cocoa Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 72 F
Apr Temp 60 to 81 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 67 to 83 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Distance 25.7 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 VERO BEACH 4 W
Distance 45.3 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 73 F
Apr Temp 60 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 66 to 84 F
Annual Precip 55.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cape Canaveral 10,031 $65,174
Cocoa 17,339 $39,167
Indialantic 2,764 $87,422
Melbourne 78,012 $52,162
Rockledge 25,798 $68,983
Satellite Beach 10,351 $78,872

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

Cocoa Beach Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(321) 799-7111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,474 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

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