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Overview

Introduction to Melbourne, Florida

The city of Melbourne, located in Florida's Brevard County, is situated along the stretch of Atlantic coastline known as the Space Coast about 70 miles southeast of Orlando and 90 miles south of Daytona Beach. Nearby communities include Palm Bay, Viera, West Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach. U.S. Route 192 runs through the city, which is also accessible to Interstate I-95 and the Beeline Expressway. Although most of Melbourne is located on the Florida mainland, a small portion is located on a barrier island separated from the mainland by the Indian River Lagoon.

Melbourne History

Founded in the mid-19th century, Melbourne existed as a small village until its incorporation in 1888. The village's first postmaster, Cornthwaite John Hector, was an Englishman who spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia. It is believed, however, that the city derived its name based on a drawing of straws, where each straw represented a possible name and the name "Melbourne" was chosen. The development of the Melbourne community paralleled the development of a similar community located a little to the north (Eau Gallie). In 1969, the two cities were consolidated into what is now present-day Melbourne, although the "Eau Gallie" district of Melbourne retains its own character and distinction. As one of the largest population centers on the Space Coast, the Melbourne area is home to many high-tech companies.

Melbourne Area Attractions

In terms of outdoor recreation, arts and culture, the Melbourne area has plenty to offer. Fishing is abundant; both in the freshwater variety offered by area lakes and in the saltwater species found in the waters of the Atlantic. Other water sports (swimming, sailing, surfing, diving, etc.) abound in the area's lakes and beaches. Those who prefer golf can take advantage of the city's twelve courses and tennis enthusiasts have their choice of eight tennis courts. Lovers of the performing arts can enjoy the Brevard Symphony Orchestra as well as Broadway shows and celebrity performances at the Henegar Center of the Performing Arts and the Maxwell King Center. The area has many galleries showcasing the works of local artists as well as museums such as the Museum of Art and Science, which offers dozens of hands-on exhibits for kids.

The Brevard Zoo, open seven days a week, is a popular local attraction, and so is Forever Florida, a nature preserve and cattle ranch which offers tours and close-proximity animal viewing. Annual events in Melbourne include February's Grant Seafood Festival and April's Melbourne Art Festival. Located less than an hour's drive north on Merritt Island is the Kennedy Space Center and Astronaut Hall of Fame. This popular attraction features IMAX films simulating space flight and a life-size replica of the Space Shuttle Explorer, as well as actual Space Shuttle launches when they happen. Within a 90-minute drive from Melbourne is Orlando's Walt Disney World as well as other first class Central Florida attractions such as Sea World and Universal Studios.

Baseball fans in the Melbourne area can enjoy Minor League Baseball played by the Brevard County Manatees. The Manatees are the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and they play their games at Space Coast Stadium in nearby Viera (just outside of Melbourne). During the month of March, Space Coast Stadium is used instead by Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals as the team's Spring Training Site. Fans of other sports can take the drive to Orlando to see basketball's Orlando Magic (NBA) or the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL). Orlando is also the Spring Training site of Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves.

People

Total Population 78,012
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 21.9%
Employed Population 16+ 33,254
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 40%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.7%
Median Earnings25+ $30,359
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,247
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,221

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,162
% Above Poverty Level 84.1%
% Below Poverty Level 15.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.2%
Median Gross Rent $837
Median House Value $116,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.7%
US/American 0%
English 10%
Irish 13.9%

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

Melbourne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 113 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Brevard
Metro Area Melbourne - Titusville - Palm Bay
Standard Zip Codes 32901, 32903, 32904, 32905, 32907, 32908, 32909, 32934, 32935, 32937, 32940, 32951
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32902, 32906, 32910, 32911, 32912, 32936, 32941
Company Zip Codes 32919
Phone Area Codes 321
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.083
Longitude -80.608

Melbourne 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 2.8 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 29.7 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 37.6 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, Melbourne, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Eau Gallie (32934, 32936)

Interchange Square (32907)

Suntree (32934, 32935, 32940, 32941)

Viera (32940)

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 Beach 3,146 $82,847
Melbourne Village 769 $71,250
Palm Bay 105,212 $49,990
West Melbourne 19,667 $71,513

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

Melbourne Hospitals

HOLMES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1350 S HICKORY ST
(321) 434-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

WUESTHOFF MELBOURNE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
250 NORTH WICKHAM ROAD
(321) 752-1200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Melbourne High Schools

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PALM BAY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
101 PIRATE LANE
321-952-5900
Serves 2,390 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

EAU GALLIE HIGH SCHOOL
1400 COMMODORE BOULEVARD
321-242-6400
Serves 2,313 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

MELBOURNE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
74 BULLDOG BOULEVARD
321-952-5880
Serves 2,281 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

WESTSHORE JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
250 WILDCAT ALLEY
321-242-4730
Serves 943 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

ESE INFANTS AND TODDLERS
2175 N WICKHAM ROAD
321-631-1911
A Special Education School
Serves 95 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.5

SOUTH AREA OFFSITE ALTERNATE
2175 N WICKHAM ROAD
321-242-4770
A Non-traditional School
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

DEVEREAU HOSPITAL
8000 DEVEREAU DRIVE
321-631-1911
A Special Education School
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.2

SPACE COAST MARINE INSTITUTE
1000 INSPIRATION LANE
321-631-1911
Serves 31 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.2

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Historic Melbourne

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Melbourne bay. between 1880 and 1897

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Melbourne bay. between 1880 and 1897

Melbourne. between 1880 and 1897

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