Palm Bay, Florida

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Palm Bay, Florida

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 1970's 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.

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High Points

Palm Bay strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Palm Bay Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Palm Bay, Florida

Comparing Palm Bay to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 8 4
Senior Citizens 8 4
Racial Diversity 7 7
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6
Well-Paid Single Men 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 8
Average Household Size 6 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 7
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
Median Family Income 3 6
College Educated Adults 3 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 5 5
Working at Home 4 4
Walking and Biking to Work 4 4
Public Transportation Use 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 6
Affordability of Rents 6 5
People Living Alone 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 7 8
Low Violent Crime 3 5

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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Palm Bay Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 79,413 100%
Male 38,723 48.8%
Female 40,690 51.2%
Under 18 21,083 26.5%
18+ 58,330 73.5%
65+ 11,679 14.7%
Median Age 37.2
Average Family Size 3.03
White 64,755 81.5%
African-American 8,983 11.3%
Asian 1,354 1.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 281 0.4%
Other 1,894 2.4%
Mixed Race 2,109 2.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6,850 8.6%

Estimated Palm Bay Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 92,833
Growth 13,420
Growth % 16.9%

Palm Bay Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.2%
German 14.4%
Irish 10.7%
US/American 9.4%
Italian 9.3%
English 8.1%
Polish 3.4%
French (except Basque) 3.1%
Jamaican 2.5%
French Canadian 1.6%
Scottish 1.5%
Dutch 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Swedish 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
African 0.6%
European 0.6%
Portuguese 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
British 0.4%
Guyanese 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Haitian 0.3%
West Indian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Palm Bay 79,413 $41,636
Indialantic 2,944 $76,109
Malabar 2,622 $62,321
Melbourne 71,382 $42,760
Melbourne Beach 3,335 $62,139
Melbourne Village 706 $60,000
West Melbourne 9,824 $46,486
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Serves 2,139 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

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Serves 113 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

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City, State Similarity   1 Person Houses 65+ College Grads Commute Minutes Family Income Kids 0-4 Non White Pop. Poverty Prop. Crime Seasonal Housing Viol. Crime
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1. Port St. Lucie, Florida 90.2   18.1% 18.8% 15% 29 $44,162 5.8% 12.1% 88,769 7.9% 30.7 3.6% 2.7
2. Cape Coral, Florida 88.1   19.8% 19.6% 17.5% 26 $47,503 5.5% 7% 102,286 7% 34 6.2% 3.2
3. St. Cloud, Florida 87.5   23.5% 17.4% 13.8% 30 $41,211 6.7% 9.7% 20,074 8.1% 47.6 5.4% 6.8
4. Apple Valley, California 86.6   18.1% 13.7% 16.4% 32 $45,070 7.1% 23.6% 54,239 17.3% 37.2 0.7% 4.2
5. Sunrise, Florida 86.2   27.5% 17.7% 20% 30 $47,908 6.4% 30.5% 85,779 9.7% 38.5 1.9% 4.3
6. Middle, New Jersey 84.6   24.5% 17.8% 16.5% 22 $49,030 5.7% 14.8% 16,405 10.2% 41.2 13.3% 5
7. Weatherford, Texas 81.3   28.2% 16.4% 23% 26 $47,152 6.6% 9.1% 19,000 11.5% 46.7 2.6% 2.8
8. Lemon Grove, California 79.2   22.1% 12% 15.3% 28 $45,844 6.9% 40.4% 24,918 13.7% 36.7 0.6% 6.8
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