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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population107,802
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens17%
Employed Population 16+45,127
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married47.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.3%
Median Earnings25+$29,450
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,721
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,616

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,919
% Above Poverty Level84.4%
% Below Poverty Level15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone24.6%
Median Gross Rent$991
Median House Value$119,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.4%
German10.3%
Irish9.2%
West Indian8.5%
English7.6%
Italian6.7%
Jamaican4.4%
French Except Basque2.9%
Haitian2.6%
Polish2.5%
Scottish1.6%
Dutch1.4%
Trinidad Tobago0.8%
Canadian0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Russian0.6%
Guyanese0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
Arab0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
African0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
British0.2%
Greek0.2%
Czech0.2%
Danishn0.2%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
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Palm Bay Almanac

CategoryValue
County Brevard County
Standard Zip Codes32905, 32907, 32908, 32909
P.O. Box Zip Codes32906, 32910, 32911
Phone Area Codes321
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude28.03
Approximate Longitude-80.6

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)

StationMELBOURNE WFO
Distance5.9 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
Distance26.1 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
Distance35 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
Indialantic2,804$103,333
Malabar2,934$78,523
Melbourne79,640$56,305
Melbourne Beach3,189$89,583
Melbourne Village743$69,000
West Melbourne20,768$70,461

Palm Bay Hospitals

Palm Bay Hospital
(Non-profit)
1425 Malabar Rd Ne
(321) 434-8000

Palm Bay Public Schools

Palm Bay Academy Charter School
2112 Palm Bay Rd Ne
ZIP: 32905
(321) 984-2710
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
Palm Bay Elementary School
1200 Alamanda Rd Ne
ZIP: 32905
(321) 723-1055
Primary
Total Enrollment 863
Riverdale Country Day School
1975 Palm Bay Rd Ne
ZIP: 32905
(321) 728-2856
Other
Total Enrollment 136
Riviera Elementary School
351 Riviera Dr Ne
ZIP: 32905
(321) 676-4237
Primary
Total Enrollment 714
South Area Head Start
1430 Knecht Rd Ne
ZIP: 32905
(321) 722-4170
Primary
Total Enrollment 33
Christa Mcauliffe Elementary School
155 Del Mundo St Nw
ZIP: 32907
(321) 768-0465
Primary
Total Enrollment 741
Discovery Elementary School
1275 Glendale Ave Nw
ZIP: 32907
(321) 951-4920
Primary
Total Enrollment 709
Heritage High School
2351 Malabar Rd Nw
ZIP: 32907
(321) 722-4178
High
Total Enrollment 1825
Lockmar Elementary School
525 Pepper St Ne
ZIP: 32907
(321) 676-3730
Primary
Total Enrollment 786
Port Malabar Elementary School
301 Pioneer Ave Ne
ZIP: 32907
(321) 725-0070
Primary
Total Enrollment 772
Bayside High School
1901 Degroodt Rd Sw
ZIP: 32908
(321) 956-5000
High
Total Enrollment 1643
Jupiter Elementary School
950 Tupelo Rd Sw
ZIP: 32908
(321) 952-5990
Primary
Total Enrollment 844
Westside Elementary School
2175 Degroodt Rd Sw
ZIP: 32908
(321) 956-5050
Primary
Total Enrollment 769
Columbia Elementary School
1225 Waco Blvd Se
ZIP: 32909
(321) 676-1319
Primary
Total Enrollment 570
Easter Seals Florida, Inc.
6050 Babcock St Se Ste 18
ZIP: 32909
(321) 633-1000
Other
John F. Turner, Senior Elementary
3175 Jupiter Blvd Se
ZIP: 32909
(321) 676-5700
Primary
Total Enrollment 759
Odyssey Charter School
1755 Eldron Blvd Se
ZIP: 32909
(321) 733-0442
Other
Total Enrollment 940
Odyssey Preparatory Charter Academy
1350 Wyoming Dr Se
ZIP: 32909
(321) 345-4117
Primary
Total Enrollment 234
Odyssey Space Coast Academy
1350 Wyoming Dr Se
ZIP: 32909
(321) 676-8737
Royal Palm Charter School
7145 Babcock St Ne
ZIP: 32909
(321) 723-0650
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Southwest Middle School
451 Eldron Blvd Se
ZIP: 32909
(321) 952-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 905
Sunrise Elementary School
1651 Mara Loma Blvd Se
ZIP: 32909
(321) 674-6145
Primary
Total Enrollment 847

Palm Bay Private Schools

Diamond Community School
2575 Doreatha Fields Ave Ne
ZIP: 32905
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 21
Rfm Christian Academy Palm Bay
2220 Port Malabar Blvd Ne
ZIP: 32905
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
St Joseph Catholic School
5320 Babcock St Ne
ZIP: 32905
Elementary
Total Enrollment 191
Covenant Christian School
720 Emerson Dr Ne
ZIP: 32907
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 274
Palm Bay Sda School & Early Childhood Ctr
1000 Americana Blvd Ne
ZIP: 32907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
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