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Welcome to Brevard County
 
 
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Located long 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.

Cities in Brevard County include Barefoot Bay, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa West, Grant, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, June Park, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Merrit Island, Micco, Mims, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Port St. John, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Sharpes, South Patrick Shores, Suntree, Titusville, Valkaria, Viera and West Melbourne.

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  County Demographics  
 
 
     
 
 
  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, 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 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 2009, 25.7% of residents had an undergraduate degree, below the national average of 27.7%. 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.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
  County History  
 
 
     
 
 
  The advent of the automobile age brought even more growth to Brevard County as resorts and hotels popped up all around the county. As the automobile became increasingly important as a means of transportation, roads connecting Brevard County to the rest of Florida and ultimately the rest of the nation were built.

The first major land boom began in the 1920s with the end of World War One. People flooded into the state of Florida as land prices soared, only to bust as the Great Depression temporarily stopped growth in Florida. Before the start of World War II, the largest industries in Brevard were commercial fishing, citrus, and tourism.

In 1940, the Banana River Naval Air Station (now Patrick Air Force Base) was built. This began a new era in the development of Brevard County. Later, in the late 50s, the Long Range Proving Ground was opened.[2] This later became the Kennedy Space Center. This changed the entire complexion of the county; where Brevard had once been considered a "backwoods" area of Florida, it instantly became the launching pad into outer space. What had once been a primarily low-tech farmer/fisherman economy was transformed into a high-tech engineering and computer economy.

As a very long, but not very wide county, there had been a lot of complaints from people in the southern, more populous side of the county about being so distant from the county seat.[6] A trip to conduct county business in Titusville was 50 miles (80 km) from the most populous city in the county, Palm Bay. There was talk of secession on the southern end of the county, and the county decided to build a new county administration complex at Viera near the geographical center of the county. This complex was started in 1989, and resulted in a counter-threat of secession from the Titusille end of the county. This proposal to form a new county, Playalinda County had some momentum in the early 90s. The county made a few concessions to the people in the northern part of the county, and agreed not to officially move the county seat. Viera; however, is for all intents and purposes the de facto seat of Brevard County.

 

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
     
 
 
 

 

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