Brevard County Information
Ponce De Leon is said to
have arrived in Florida at the shores of the future county in 1513. "Mosquito
County" was formed while the state was still a territory, and on some maps
is absorbed into an unofficial "Leigh Read" county between 1839 and 1845.
"Saint Lucia County" was created in 1844: it was renamed Brevard County
in 1855 after George Washington Brevard who served as Florida State Controller
from 1854 to 1860. Between 1907 & 1910, St. Lucie County was created
from the southern third of the county. There was a drive in the mid-1990s
of creating a county out of the northern-third of the current borders,
but it did not pass.
|Population, percent change,
April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2004
|Persons under 5 years
old, percent, 2000
|Persons under 18 years
old, percent, 2000
|Persons 65 years
old and over, percent, 2000
||(square miles) 1,018
|Persons per square mile,
The Space Coast, as Brevard
County is known, is the home of the Kennedy Space Center, as well as the
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The area code for the entire
county was made "321" in 1999: as in the "3...2...1... Blast Off!" countdown
It is possible to observe a
Cape Canaveral rocket launch from anywhere in the county, as well as experience
related structural shuddering throughout most of the county.
In 1989, county administration
was moved to a government complex at Viera, as part of a mid-county development
project that included Space Coast Stadium, and a master-planned community.
According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,032 kmÂ² (1,557 miÂ²).
2,637 kmÂ² (1,018 miÂ²) of it is land and 1,395 kmÂ²
(539 miÂ²) of it is water. The total area is 34.60% water: primary
components of which are the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon.
As of the census2
of 2000, there are 476,230 people, 198,195 households, and 132,394 families
residing in the county. The population density is 181/kmÂ² (468/miÂ²).
There are 222,072 housing units at an average density of 84/kmÂ²
(218/miÂ²). The racial makeup of the county is 86.81% White,
8.40% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 1.50% Asian, 0.06%
Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races.
4.61% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 198,195 households
out of which 26.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them,
53.00% are married couples living together, 10.20% have a female householder
with no husband present, and 33.20% are non-families. 26.90% of all households
are made up of individuals and 11.60% have someone living alone who is
65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average
family size is 2.84.
In the county the population
is spread out with 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 are 65 years of age
or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 95.90
males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.30 males.
The median income for a household
in the county is $40,099, and the median income for a family is $47,571.
Males have a median income of $36,542 versus $24,632 for females. The per
capita income for the county is $21,484. 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.
Incorporated Cities of Brevard County
City of Cocoa
City of Cocoa Beach
Town of Indialantic
City of Indian Harbour Beach
City of Melbourne
Town of Melbourne Beach
Town of Melbourne Village
City of Palm Bay
City of Rockledge
City of Satellite Beach
City of Titusville
City of West Melbourne
Unincorporated Areas of Brevard
to Area Resources
Kennedy Space Center
Port St. John
South Patrick Shores
- Florida Power and Light
- Florida City
Gas - To start service: 800-993-7546
new homes: 632-1734
- BellSouth - 888-757-6500
ENFORCEMENT - Rockledge
Police Department - 123 Barton Blve. - 690-3988
COUNTY INFORMATION - Brevard
County Government Portal
45, 113 Longwood Ave. - 635-7825
47, 7225 Murrell Road - 255-4384
OFFICE - 3300 Murrell Rd, 9-5 weekdays, 9-1 Saturday - 636-4177
TAGS - 1840 U.S 1, Rockledge, 633-1897
LICENSE - 752-3162
TAX EXEMPTION - Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson
Way, Building C, First Floor, Viera - 690-6880
REGISTRATION - Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson
Way, Building C, Viera - 633-2124
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - 637-6670
RED CROSS - 623-7141
WEATHER SERVICE INFORMATION - 255-0212
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