Brevard County Real Estate

Many people move to Brevard County for the weather with an average temperature of 68.6 in January to 82 degrees in August. The reasons they stay are even better. There are natural attractions – 63 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, over a hundred public parks, a 250 square mile wildlife refuge, dozens of boat ramps to enjoy salt or freshwater fishing, and three rivers for kayaking through a quiet mangrove. 63 miles of beaches include over 100 of the best surfing spots on the East Coast and distinct beaches for kayaking, soaring over on a parasail, skipping the waves on a boogie board or just soaking up the waves. The King Center for the Performing Arts, six different theatre groups, several dozen galleries, the Space Coast Ballet, The Brevard Symphony Orchestra and seasonal arts and crafts festivals provide a wonderful cultural scene. Local attractions include Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, The Brevard Zoo, several Historic Downtown areas, Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, The Cocoa Beach Pier and numerous seasonal events provide plenty of entertainment for the young and the young at heart. Locals will rave that it is only an hour drive to big city life in Orlando including Orlando Magic Basketball, Disney Resorts, Universal Orlando and the best is when you drive home you leave the traffic behind.

Brevard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. As of 2007 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the population is 536,521 making it the 10th most populous county in the state. Influenced by the presence of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Brevard County is also known as the Space Coast. As such it was designated with the area code 321 as in 3-2-1 liftoff.

The official county seat has been located in Titusville since 1894, although most of the county’s administration is performed from Viera. Brevard County has more than one county courthouse and sheriff’s office because of its elongated north-south county lines. Hence, government services are not centralized in one location, as they are in many American counties.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,556.95 square miles (4,032.5 km2), of which 1,018.19 square miles (2,637.1 km2) (or 65.40%) is land and 538.76 square miles (1,395.4 km2) (or 34.60%) is water, primarily the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon. The county is larger in area than Samoa and nearly the same size, and population, as Cape Verde. It is one third of the size of Rhode Island.

The county grew by 14% between 2000 and 2010 to 543,376 people. West Melbourne grew by78%, unincorporated Suntree/Viera by 81%. Beachside, there was a drop in population. Hispanics doubled during the decade. The black population grew by 37%. Non-Hispanic whites rose by 6%.

As of the census of 2000, there were in the county:

People – 476,230 people
Families – 132,394
Population density – 181/km² (468/sq mi)
Housing units – 222,072
Average housing density – 84/km² (218/sq mi)

The population grew about 50,000 between 2000 and 2005. From 2005 to 2009, it grew by about 10,000. This helped lead the county to a housing bubble crisis since homes were built to accommodate a larger population. From 2007 through 2010, the population has been essentially static.

The county’s population is larger than that of the state of Wyoming.

The racial makeup of the county was:

White – 84.81%
Black or African American – 10.40%
Hispanic or Latino – 4.61%. A plurality of Hispanics, 40%, are of Puerto Rican descent.
 two or more races – 1.77%
Asian – 1.50%
other races – 1.09%
Native American – 0.37%
Pacific Islander – 0.06%

There were 198,195 households out of which 26.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% 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 2.84.

The population was distributed as follows: 22.00% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males. In 2007, 30% of the population was over 55. In 2010, the oldest person in the county was a 110 year old Titusville man. In 2009, there were 5,172 births in the county.

In 2009, two percent of the people in the county are over 85. In 2009, there were 130,508 people 60 and over in the county.

9.50% of the population and 6.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.00% of those under the age of 18 and 6.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. In 2010, 10% were living in poverty compared with 13% state wide.

In 2005, the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which consists solely of Brevard County, was estimated to stand 91st in population out of 263 in the country.

In 2006, the county stood 10th in population in the state, out of 67. The increase in population from 2000 was 11.8%, less than the Florida average of 12.7%.

In 2010, 90% of residents had a high school degree, compared with 85% statewid.
In 2009, 25.7% of residents had an undergraduate degree, below the national average of 27.7%, but the same as the rest of Florida. 14.7% of residents over 25 had undergraduate degrees in engineering. This is almost twice the national average.

According to the 2000 census, the county had about 80,000 veterans. 21% of the population older than 18 is a veteran. This had dropped to 74,000 in 2010. This was 21% of the people in the county. An actual count by a local agency in 2010 indicated that 225 of veterans were homeless.

In 2007, a local census by volunteer counted 1,899 homeless residents.

In the 1950s, the county population was just under 24,000. In 1960, just over 111,000. In 1969, at the height of the space program, it was 234,000.

In 2010, about 5% of Brevardians speak Spanish at home. In 2010, 8% of Brevardians were born outside of the US, compared with 19% for Florida.

As of the census of 2000:

Median income for a family – $47,571
Median income for males – $36,542
Median income for females – $24,632
Per capita income – $21,484. The county has the 17th highest per capita income in the state (out of 67).
Median income for a household – $40,099
In 2005, the median income for a household had risen to $43,281
The county ranked 17th for per capita income, out of Florida’s 67 counties.
The following were below the poverty line in 2000:
Families – 6.80%
Total population – 9.50%
Under age 18 – 13.00%
Age 65 or older – 6.50%

There were 5,600 civilian government workers in the county. They earned an average of $74,000 each in 2009. 38% (84,401) households in the county received social security payments in 2009 averaging $16,136 for a total of $1.7 billion annually. 24% (53,717) received pension payments averaging $24,327 for a total of $1.3 billion annually.

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