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West Melbourne, Florida
City of West Melbourne
Flag of West Melbourne, Florida
Flag
Official seal of West Melbourne, Florida
Seal
Motto(s): 
"Creating New Horizons"
Location in Brevard County and the U.S. state of Florida
Location in Brevard County and the U.S. state of Florida
West Melbourne, Florida is located in the United States
West Melbourne, Florida
West Melbourne, Florida
Location in the United States
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Brevard County, Florida.png Brevard
Created September 11, 1959
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 10.86 sq mi (28.13 km2)
 • Land 10.66 sq mi (27.60 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
Elevation
30 ft (9 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 25,924
 • Density 2,432.81/sq mi (939.28/km2)
  Census Bureau estimate
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
32904, 32912
Area code(s) 321
FIPS code 12-76500
GNIS feature ID 0293092

West Melbourne is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. It was created in 1959 to stop the area from being annexed into the City of Melbourne. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 18,355, reflecting an increase of 8,531 from the 9,824 counted in the 2000 Census. In 1970, the city's population was approximately 3,050. Since 2000, the city has experienced the highest population growth percentage of any municipality in Brevard County. It is part of the Palm BayMelbourneTitusville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

West Melbourne is located at 28°4′40″N 80°39′55″W / 28.07778°N 80.66528°W / 28.07778; -80.66528 (28.077895, −80.665326).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km2). 10.2 square miles (26.4 km2) of it is land, and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.21%) is water.

History

Voters created the city in 1959 to stop the area from being annexed into the City of Melbourne.

In 2005, the City of West Melbourne started charging property taxes for the first time in its existence (since 1959). Prior to 2005, the city survived on "fees only" for its $17 million budget.

From 2005 to 2014, home-schooled students, all three children from a West Melbourne family, won the state spelling bee championship a total of seven times, from two to three times each.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,266
1970 3,050 34.6%
1980 5,078 66.5%
1990 8,399 65.4%
2000 9,824 17.0%
2010 18,355 86.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

Since 2000, the city has experienced the highest population growth percentage of any municipality in Brevard County.

As of the 2000 census, there were 9,824 people, 4,497 households, and 2,693 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,255.7 inhabitants per square mile (485.0/km2). There were 4,874 housing units at an average density of 623.0 per square mile (240.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.68% White, 1.40% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.84% of the population.

There were 4,497 households, out of which 19.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.63.

The population in the city was spread out, with 15.9% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 31.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

Recreation

On 5 January 2016, the Space Coast Field of Dreams opened to the public in the West Melbourne Community Park.

Economy

Personal income

The median income for a household in the city was $37,391, and the median income for a family was $46,486. Males had a median income of $38,693 versus $27,040 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,006. About 4.9% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Workforce

In 2007, the average size of West Melbourne's labor force was 5,074. Of that group, 4,783 were employed and 291 were unemployed, for an unemployment rate of 5.7%.

Housing

In 2008, 83 building permits were issued. This was down from 174 permits in 2007, which was up from 142 permits in 2006.

The median home price in 2007 was $226,000.

Education

Public schools are run by the Brevard County School Board.

Schools within West Melbourne include:

PK3–Kindergarten

  • Brevard Christian School

Elementary schools

  • Meadowlane Primary Elementary
  • West Melbourne Elementary School for Science
  • Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary
  • Calvary Chapel Academy (private)
  • Brevard Christian School (private)
  • New Hope Lutheran Academy (private)

Middle schools

  • Central Middle School
  • Calvary Chapel Academy (private)
  • Brevard Christian School (private)
  • New Hope Lutheran Academy (private)

High schools

  • Brevard Christian School
  • West Melbourne Christian Academy, K–12

Infrastructure

Roads

  • I-95.svg Interstate 95 – There is one exit in West Melbourne: Exit 180 (U.S. 192). The newer Exit 182 is nearby to West Melbourne, however.
  • US 192.svg U.S. 192 – The main route through West Melbourne, locally known as New Haven Avenue. Almost all economic activity is located along this road. Major intersections include Interstate 95, CR 511, and CR 509.
  • Brevard County Road 509 FL.svg CR 509 – Locally known as Wickham Road north of U.S. 192 and Minton Road south of U.S. 192, this route forms a main transportation route through the south-central part of the county. Major intersections include U.S. 192 and Ellis Road.
  • Brevard County Road 511 FL.svg CR 511 – Locally known as John Rodes Parkway, this road is a non-freeway parallel to Interstate 95. Major intersections include U.S. 192 and Ellis Road.

Potable water

In 2017, West Melbourne residents were still purchasing their water from the utility owned by the neighboring City of Melbourne. It cost slightly over 1.1 cents per gallon, for a consumer of 3,000 US gallons (11,000 l; 2,500 imp gal) monthly. The city owns its underground network of conduits.

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