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Nestled between Melbourne and Palm Bay, West Melbourne is a booming city off heavily traveled U.S. Highway 192. With Melbourne Square Mall and numerous other business and restaurants, West Melbourne is a hot spot of activity in Brevard County. While it was incorporated in 1959, West Melbourne only now begins to be developed to its fullest, with new neighborhoods and developments being built and planned. Due to the fact that there's no city real estate tax, West Melbourne is a popular place for developers and homeowners alike. More than 15,000 people call West Melbourne home.

However, there's more to West Melbourne than busy New Haven Avenue. Its easy access to Interstate 95 allows for residents to travel to all areas of the county. There's plenty of outdoor recreational activities, including an 18-hole municipal golf course close by. Local parks include Max K. Rodes Park and Erna Nixon Park - a beautiful 52-acre wildlife preserve features a winding boardwalk through hammocks and pine flatwoods.

Because of its excellent shopping and dining opportunities, lack of property taxes, nature settings, and pleasant neighborhoods, West Melbourne has become a popular place for visitors and locals alike.

Residents of West Melbourne are among two distinct lifestyles - senior living and new families. Living in some of the more established neighborhoods, senior citizens generally rank high for savings and investments. Most own their homes and in in either single-family or manufactured housing.

At the other spectrum are new families. The influx in development of businesses and residential neighborhoods has brought young families into the area. This group generally lives on a two-person income structure, rents or holds a mortgage, and participates in activities such as youth sports and family entertainment.

Population in July 2008: 15,328. Population change since 2000: +56.0%
Males: 7,066 (46.1%)
Females: 8,262 (53.9%)

Median resident age: 48.6 years
Florida median age: 38.7 years

Estimated median household income in 2008: $46,074 (it was $37,391 in 2000)

West Melbourne: $46,074
Florida: $47,778

Estimated per capita income in 2008: $29,764

Estimated median house or condo value in 2008: $175,971 (it was $79,500 in 2000)
West Melbourne: $175,971
Florida: $218,700

Mean prices in 2008: All housing units: $208,335; Detached houses: $240,049; Townhouses or other attached units: $127,469; In 2-unit structures: $220,197; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $223,426; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $171,279; Mobile homes: $49,806
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White Non-Hispanic (91.4%)
Hispanic (3.8%)
Two or more races (1.5%)
Black (1.4%)
Other race (1.2%)
Asian Indian (0.9%)
American Indian (0.6%)

Dec. 2009 cost of living index in West Melbourne: 85.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Houses: 4,853 (4,487 occupied: 3,230 owner occupied, 1,257 renter occupied)

% of renters in West Melbourne: 28%
State: 30%

Housing density: 620 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: $814 (lower quartile is $713, upper quartile is $998)

Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2008: $813

Median gross rent in West Melbourne, FL in 2008: $988

Housing units in West Melbourne with a mortgage: 1,536 (137 second mortgage, 106 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 642

Estimated median house or condo value in 2008: $175,971 (it was $79,500 in 2000)
West Melbourne: $175,971
Florida: $218,700

Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $123,510 - $279,895

Mean price in 2008:

Detached houses: $240,049
Here: $240,049
State: $320,221

Townhouses or other attached units: $127,469
Here: $127,469
State: $238,220

In 2-unit structures: $220,197
Here: $220,197
State: $259,404

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $223,426
Here: $223,426
State: $213,359

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $171,279
Here: $171,279
State: $260,965

Mobile homes: $49,806
Here: $49,806
State: $43,568

Household type by relationship

Households: 9,295
In family households: 7,040 (1,959 male householders, 666 female householders)
2,065 spouses, 1,845 children (1,742 natural, 49 adopted, 54 stepchildren), 105 grandchildren, 47 brothers or sisters, 87 parents, 70 other relatives, 196 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 2,255 (839 male householders (696 living alone)), 1,100 female householders (964 living alone)), 316 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 454 (251 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 1,616 2-persons, 535 3-persons, 323 4-persons, 87 5-persons, 37 6-persons, 27 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,660 1-person, 247 2-persons, 26 3-persons, 6 5-persons.

1,046 married couples with children.
361 single-parent households (82 men, 279 women).

89.4% of residents of West Melbourne speak English at home.
5.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (62% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
4.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (68% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

Foreign born population: 807 (8.3%)
(42.4% of them are naturalized citizens)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here: 5.7
State: 5.6

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

Melbourne High School
74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne
(321) 952-5880
Grades: 9-12

Palm Bay High School
101 Pirate Lane, Palm Bay
(321) 952-5900
Grades: 9-12

Central Middle School
2600 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne
(321) 722-4150
Grades: 7-8

Stone Middle School
1101 E. University Blvd., Melbourne
(321) 723-0741
Grades: 7-8

Roy Allen Elementary School
2601 Fountainhead Blvd., Melbourne
(321) 242-6450

Meadowlane Elementary
2800 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne
(321) 723-6354
Grades: K-6

West Melbourne Elementary
School for Science
Millennium School of Choice
2255 Meadowlane Avenue, West Melbourne
(321) 956-5043
Grades: K-6