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Melbourne Beach is a town in Brevard County, Florida, United
States. The population was 3,335 at the 2000 census. As of
2005, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau is
3,314. It is part of the Palm Bay–Melbourne–Titusville
Metropolitan Statistical Area.
When Ponce de Leon landed near Melbourne Beach in 1513, he
became the first European to set foot in Florida.
Melbourne Beach is Brevard County's oldest beach community.
It was established in 1883 by a retired Union general. Pineapples
were grown until 1895, when freezing weather wiped out crops
and ended commercial farming.
In 1921, the Melbourne Causeway was built, connecting Melbourne
Beach to the mainland via the town of Indialantic. In 1923
it was incorporated as a town.
The town's population oscillated until World War II, when
it began growing steadily. Currently, it is largely residential,
with an elementary school, some businesses, and many condominiums
in the unincorporated areas to the north and south.
In 2007, it was voted one of ten best bargain retirement
spots in America.
Melbourne Beach is located at 28°04'04?N 80°33'42?W?
/ ?28.067745°N 80.561724°W? / 28.067745; -80.561724.
It is situated on an (apparently unnamed) barrier island that
separates the Indian River Lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean.
This island, approximately 35 miles (56 km) in length, stretches
from Cape Canaveral to the north to the Sebastian Inlet (see
The Sebastian Inlet State Park) to the south. Melbourne Beach
is neighbored by the town of Indialantic to the north.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has
a total area of 3.3 km² (1.3 mi²). 2.7 km²
(1.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²)
of it (19.53%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,335 people, 1,422
households, and 992 families residing in the town. The population
density was 1,250.1/km² (3,243.5/mi²). There were
1,556 housing units at an average density of 583.3/km²
(1,513.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.51%
White, 0.09% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.99%
Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more
races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.28% of the population.
There were 1,422 households out of which 25.7% had children
under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples
living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband
present, and 30.2% were non-families. 23.9% of all households
were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone
who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.77.
In the town the population was spread out with 20.1% under
the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 28.9%
from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were
103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there
were 99.3 males.
Economy / Personal income
The median income for a household in the town was $87,035,
and the median income for a family was $62,139. Males had
a median income of $46,424 versus $34,028 for females. The
per capita income for the town was $31,489. About 1.6% of
families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty
line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those
age 65 or over.
Median home value was $425,500 in 2007.
Melbourne Beach is second in Brevard for per capita income
and 124 out of 887 places.
Points of interest
* Melbourne Beach Pier
* Old Melbourne Beach Town Hall
* Ryckman Park