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Located on a barrier island and nestled between the great Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River Lagoon, "World Famous" Cocoa Beach was first homesteaded by freed slaves after the Civil War. The 75th anniversary of its 1925 incorporation was celebrated in 2000 with live entertainment, parties, contests and tournaments.

Today, this community enjoys activities such as swimming, surfing, surf casting, wading and sunbathing on its six miles of accessible ocean beaches. Fishing is a popular pastime for locals and tourists alike, either in the Atlantic Ocean from the beach, pier, jetties or local charter boats, or on the Indian and Banana rivers.

The city owns and operates the Cocoa Beach Country Club which is open to the public. Its challenging 27-hole golf course is located on the river's edge, and the club also offers six lighted tennis courts and an Olympic size swimming pool.

Other points of interest include the Cocoa Beach Pier, the Surfside Playhouse, and world-renowned Ron Jon's Surf shop.

Cocoa Beach's residents mainly belong to the demographic group in which more than half of the population are over 50 years old. Nearly a quarter of the homes in this city are single person. Those living in Cocoa Beach typically own single-family houses or condominiums, and keep busy by golfing, walking, boating, and going to the beach.

Population in July 2008: 11,920. Population change since 2000: -4.5%
Males: 5,938 (49.8%)
Females: 5,982 (50.2%)

Median resident age: 53.6 years
Florida median age: 38.7 years

Estimated median household income in 2008: $52,212 (it was $42,372 in 2000)
Cocoa Beach: $52,212
Florida: $47,778

Estimated per capita income in 2008: $35,916

Estimated median house or condo value in 2008: $272,036 (it was $122,900 in 2000)
Cocoa Beach: $272,036
Florida: $218,700

Mean prices in 2008: All housing units: $317,202; Detached houses: $383,874; Townhouses or other attached units: $205,665; In 2-unit structures: $258,646; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $293,137; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $299,139

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White Non-Hispanic (94.6%)
Hispanic (2.5%)
Two or more races (1.1%)
Black (0.6%)
American Indian (0.5%)

Dec. 2009 cost of living index in Cocoa Beach: 90.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: Irish (18.4%), German (18.3%), English (16.0%), Italian (9.2%), United States (7.0%), French (5.2%).

Land area: 4.89 square miles. Population density: 2437 people per square mile

Houses: 8,686 (6,480 occupied: 4,627 owner occupied, 1,853 renter occupied)

% of renters here: 29%
State: 30%

Housing density: 1776 houses/condos per square mile

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2008 in this state: $303,747.

Median contract rent in 2008: $831 (lower quartile is $707, upper quartile is $1,142)

Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2008: $870

Median gross rent in Cocoa Beach, FL in 2008: $947

Housing units in Cocoa Beach with a mortgage: 1,191 (134 second mortgage, 160 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)

Houses without a mortgage: 992

Estimated median house or condo value in 2008: $272,036 (it was $122,900 in 2000)
Cocoa Beach: $272,036
Florida: $218,700

Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $186,895 - $415,431

Mean price in 2008:
Detached houses: $383,874
Here: $383,874
State: $320,221

Townhouses or other attached units: $205,665
Here: $205,665
State: $238,220

In 2-unit structures: $258,646
Here: $258,646
State: $259,404

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $293,137
Here: $293,137
State: $213,359

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $299,139
Here: $299,139
State: $260,965

Size of family households: 2,476 2-persons, 583 3-persons, 337 4-persons, 131 5-persons, 35 6-persons, 16 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,419 1-person, 400 2-persons, 17 3-persons, 11 4-persons.

974 married couples with children.

394 single-parent households (129 men, 265 women).

90.1% of residents of Cocoa Beach speak English at home.

2.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (82% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).

5.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (76% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).

0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (68% speak English very well, 32% speak English well).

0.7% of residents speak other language at home (65% speak English very well, 35% speak English well).

Foreign born population: 1,067 (8.6%)
(61.5% of them are naturalized citizens)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here: 5.3
State: 5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here: 4.0
State: 3.8

Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School
1500 Minutemen Cswy., Cocoa Beach
(321) 783-1776

Cocoa Beach Junior High School
1500 Minutemen Cswy., Cocoa Beach
(321) 783-1776

Freedom 7 Elementary School of International Studies
Millennium School of Choice
400 4th Street, Cocoa Beach
(321) 868-6615
Grades: K-6

Roosevelt Elementary
1400 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach
(321) 868-6660
Grades: K-6