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West Melbourne, Florida
City
City of West Melbourne
Flag of West Melbourne, Florida
Flag
Official seal of West Melbourne, Florida
Seal
Motto: "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
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Brevard County, Florida.png Brevard
Created September 11, 1959
Area
 • Total 10.2 sq mi (26.5 km2)
 • Land 10.2 sq mi (26.4 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 30 ft (9 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,355
 • Density 1,794/sq mi (692.6/km2)
  Census Bureau estimate
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32904, 32912
Area code(s) 321
FIPS code 12-76500
GNIS feature ID 0293092
Website www.WestMelbourne.org

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%
Est. 2015 20,679 12.7%
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.


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