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Overview

Introduction to Palm Bay, Florida

The Florida city of Palm Bay is located in Brevard County, on the east Central Florida coast. The city is situated just 10 miles southwest of Melbourne, about 65 miles southeast of Orlando, and 180 miles north of Miami. Major highways near the city include Interstate I-95 and U.S. Route 192.

Palm Bay's modern history traces back to 1959, when the Mackle brothers from Miami purchased land for a local residential project. Although the project had its stops and starts, it spurred the growth of industry and population in the area, leading to the incorporation of the city of Palm Bay in 1960. The city's first major industrial corporation, Radiation, Inc., later evolved into the Harris Corporation. Other industry soon followed, and the 1970s saw construction and expansion in the city. Palm Bay experienced enormous growth in the ensuing two decades, including the completion of a new municipal complex housing the city hall and police station. The city today continues to grow largely due to its proximity to the ocean and to other major areas of central and coastal Florida.

Things to See and Do in the Palm Bay Area

Palm Bay and the Brevard County area offer a choice of many sites for recreation, entertainment, and culture. The Wildlife Turkey Creek Sanctuary is home to many rare and endangered plants and animals. The Florida Tech Botanical Garden offers a 30-acre landscape of picturesque palms in numerous varieties. Anglers can find plenty of fishing at the Sebastian Inlet State Park, 20 minutes south of Palm Bay, where sport fishing can be done from private boats or on one of numerous charter fleets. A lively arts community thrives in Brevard County, home to an abundance of talented artists, musicians and actors. The Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts plays host to a variety of performing arts, including Broadway musicals, symphonies, opera, jazz, ballet and comedy. Other area theatres include the Phoenix Theatre and the Melbourne Civic Theatre. The Brevard Museum of Art & Science offers interactive children's exhibits as well as art classes throughout the year. Also located in the Brevard County area are the Margaret Homes Nature Center, the Titusville Historic Museum, the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science and the Air Force Space Museum. Fifty miles to the north is the Kennedy Space Center and Astronaut Hall of Fame, and 65 miles to the northwest is the city of Orlando, home to world class attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World.

Minor League Baseball is also a staple of Brevard County, home to the Brevard County Manatees, the Triple-A affiliate of the MLB's Milwaukee Brewers. The Manatees' home park (Space Coast Stadium in nearby Viera) also serves as the Spring Training site of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. More pro sports can be found in Orlando, home of the NBA's Orlando Magic and the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators.

People

Total Population 105,212
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 42,135
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.9%
Median Earnings25+ $28,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,311
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,725

Wealth

Median Family Income $49,990
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.7%
Median Gross Rent $929
Median House Value $102,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.2%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 10.6%

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

Palm Bay Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 114 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Brevard
Metro Area Melbourne - Titusville - Palm Bay
Standard Zip Codes 32905, 32907, 32908, 32909
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32906, 32910, 32911
Phone Area Codes 321
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.034
Longitude -80.588

Palm Bay 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 MELBOURNE WFO
Distance 5.9 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
Station VERO BEACH 4 W
Distance 26.1 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
Station FORT DRUM 5 NW
Distance 35 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 75 F
Apr Temp 58 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 52.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Interchange Square (32907)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Indialantic 2,764 $87,422
Malabar 2,822 $70,060
Melbourne 78,012 $52,162
Melbourne Beach 3,146 $82,847
Melbourne Village 769 $71,250
West Melbourne 19,667 $71,513

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

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Palm Bay High Schools

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BAYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
1901 DEGROODT ROAD SW
321-956-5000
Serves 2,139 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

RIVERDALE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
1975 PALM BAY ROAD
321-728-2856
A Non-traditional School
Serves 113 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

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