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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population78,911
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens21.8%
Employed Population 16+33,985
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married40.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.4%
Median Earnings25+$29,947
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,133
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,716

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,182
% Above Poverty Level82.5%
% Below Poverty Level17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone38.4%
Median Gross Rent$863
Median House Value$125,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.6%
Irish13%
English9.5%
Italian8.3%
French Except Basque3.3%
Polish2.5%
Scottish2.5%
Dutch2.4%
Norwegian1%
West Indian1%
Canadian1%
Russian1%
Swedish0.9%
Arab0.8%
Jamaican0.7%
Czech0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Greek0.5%
African0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Belgian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
German0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Melbourne Almanac

CategoryValue
County Brevard County
Standard Zip Codes32901, 32935, 32904, 32934, 32940, 32951, 32903, 32905, 32907, 32908, 32909, 32937
P.O. Box Zip Codes32902, 32941, 32912, 32936, 32906, 32910, 32911
Company Zip Codes32919
Phone Area Codes321
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude28.08
Approximate Longitude-80.6

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)

StationMELBOURNE WFO
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp50 to 72 F
Apr Temp60 to 81 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp67 to 83 F
Annual Precip48.2 inches
StationVERO BEACH 4 W
Distance29.7 miles
Jan Temp50 to 73 F
Apr Temp60 to 81 F
Jul Temp71 to 90 F
Oct Temp66 to 84 F
Annual Precip55.5 inches
StationFORT DRUM 5 NW
Distance37.6 miles
Jan Temp50 to 75 F
Apr Temp58 to 83 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp65 to 85 F
Annual Precip52.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Indialantic2,798$99,286
Malabar2,886$74,954
Melbourne Beach3,189$85,344
Melbourne Village769$67,344
Palm Bay106,573$51,267
West Melbourne20,207$71,892

Melbourne Hospitals

Circles Of Care
(Non-profit)
400 E Sheridan Rd
(321) 984-4900
Holmes Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1350 S Hickory St
(321) 434-7171
Wuesthoff Medical Center-melbourne
(Proprietary)
250 N Wickham Rd
(321) 752-1200
Healthsouth Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
101 E Florida Ave
(321) 984-4600
Viera Hospital
(Non-profit)
8745 N Wickham Rd
(321) 434-9000
Kindred Hospital Melbourne
(Proprietary)
765 W Nasa Blvd
(321) 733-5725

Melbourne Public Schools

Melbourne Senior High School
74 Bulldog Blvd
ZIP: 32901
(321) 952-5880
High
Total Enrollment 2131
Palm Bay High Adult Education
101 Pirate Ln
ZIP: 32901
(321) 952-5914
Other
Palm Bay Magnet Senior High School
101 Pirate Ln
ZIP: 32901
(321) 952-5900
High
Total Enrollment 1598
South Area Adult Education-day Program
1362 S Babcock St
ZIP: 32901
(321) 952-5977
Other
South Area Adult Education-night Program
1362 S Babcock St
ZIP: 32901
(321) 952-5977
Other
Stone Magnet Middle School
1101 E University Blvd
ZIP: 32901
(321) 723-0741
Middle
Total Enrollment 783
University Park Elementary School
500 W University Blvd
ZIP: 32901
(321) 723-2566
Primary
Total Enrollment 635
Melbourne Center For Personal Growth
1000 Inspiration Ln
ZIP: 32934
(321) 752-3200
High
Total Enrollment 28
Croton Elementary School
1449 Croton Rd
ZIP: 32935
(321) 259-3818
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Dr. W.j. Creel Elementary School
2000 Glenwood Dr
ZIP: 32935
(321) 259-3233
Primary
Total Enrollment 972
Eau Gallie High School
1400 Commodore Blvd
ZIP: 32935
(321) 242-6400
High
Total Enrollment 1714
Harbor City Elementary School
1377 Sarno Rd
ZIP: 32935
(321) 254-5534
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Longleaf Elementary School
4290 N Wickham Rd
ZIP: 32935
(321) 242-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 599
Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School
2155 Croton Rd
ZIP: 32935
(321) 242-6430
Middle
Total Enrollment 787
Roy Allen Elementary School
2601 Fountainhead Blvd
ZIP: 32935
(321) 242-6450
Primary
Total Enrollment 624
Sabal Elementary School
1401 N Wickham Rd
ZIP: 32935
(321) 254-7261
Primary
Total Enrollment 584
Sherwood Elementary School
2541 Post Rd
ZIP: 32935
(321) 254-6424
Primary
Total Enrollment 544
South Area Alternative Learning Center
2175 N Wickham Rd
ZIP: 32935
(321) 242-4770
Other
Total Enrollment 66
Westshore Junior/senior High School
250 Wildcat Aly
ZIP: 32935
(321) 242-4730
High
Total Enrollment 956
Ged Testing
2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
ZIP: 32940
(321) 633-1000
Other
Quest Elementary School
8751 Trafford Dr
ZIP: 32940
(321) 242-1411
Primary
Total Enrollment 773
Suntree Elementary School
900 Jordan Blass Dr
ZIP: 32940
(321) 242-6480
Primary
Total Enrollment 629

Melbourne Private Schools

Central Catholic High School
100 E Florida Ave
ZIP: 32901
Secondary
Total Enrollment 375
Florida Air Academy
1950 Academy Dr
ZIP: 32901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 270
Our Lady Of Lourdes School
420 E Fee Ave
ZIP: 32901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 155
Rfm Christian Academy
777 S Apollo Blvd
ZIP: 32901
Secondary
Total Enrollment 35
Shiloh Christian Academy
155 E University Blvd
ZIP: 32901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 118
Mustard Seed Kidz
2975 Eber Blvd
ZIP: 32904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
West Melbourne Christian Academy
3150 Milwaukee Ave
ZIP: 32904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 122
No Limits Academy
4450 W Eau Gallie Blvd Ste 180
ZIP: 32934
Secondary
Total Enrollment 21
Ascension Catholic School
2950 N Harbor City Blvd
ZIP: 32935
Elementary
Total Enrollment 430
Ascension School
2950 N Harbor City Blvd Bldg F
ZIP: 32935
Elementary
Total Enrollment 430
Community Christian School
1616 Ferndale Ave
ZIP: 32935
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 115
Holy Family School
1244 Water St
ZIP: 32935
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Journeys Academy Educational Pathways To Sucess
1855 Lansing Street
ZIP: 32935
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
Rising Stars Academy
2155 Sarno Rd
ZIP: 32935
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 50
Sancta Familia Academy
1204 N Harbor City Blvd
ZIP: 32935
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
Faith Fellowship Academy
2820 Business Center Blvd
ZIP: 32940
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
5625 Holy Trinity Dr
ZIP: 32940
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 773
Suntree Montessori
2990 Business Center Blvd
ZIP: 32940
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
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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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