One of Brevard County's southern-most beachside communities, Melbourne Beach provides all the pleasure of the Space Coast while also allowing for quick excursions to take in the sights and scenery of the Indian River County cities of Sebastian and Vero Beach.
The Town of Melbourne Beach, which was established in 1883, is Brevard's oldest beach community. The town was incorporated in 1923 with a population of a few hundred residents. After World War II, the town's population growth steadily increased to its current total of 3,150. The projected maximum population, based upon past growth trends and future extrapolations, is approximately 4,000 residents.
Points of interest in Melbourne Beach include Ryckman House, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society and Flutie Athletic Complex, which is well equipped with picnic area, community center, playground, tennis courts, soccer and Little League fields, multi-use fields, and a concession stand. Long Point Park is popular for riverfront camping, and has excellent facilities including hot showers, laundry, picnic areas, pavilion, restrooms, swimming lake, boat ramp and canoe rentals.
Over half of the residents in Melbourne Beach are over 50 years old. The remainder are married couples with no children still at home and nearly a quarter of these households are single-person. They own single-family houses or condominiums. Melbourne Beach residents enjoy biking, golfing, walking, and traveling.
Population in July 2008: 3,150. Population change since 2000: -5.5%
Males: 1,600 (50.8%)
Females: 1,550 (49.2%)
Median resident age: 45.7 years
Florida median age: 38.7 years
Estimated median household income in 2008: $70,280 (it was $57,035 in 2000)
Melbourne Beach: $70,280
Estimated per capita income in 2008: $39,042
Estimated median house or condo value in 2008: $354,819 (it was $160,300 in 2000)
Melbourne Beach: $354,819
Mean prices in 2008:
All housing units: $440,988
Detached houses: $470,301
Townhouses or other attached units: $184,918
In 3-to-4-unit structures: $222,833
In 5-or-more-unit structures: $231,489
Houses: 1,528 (1,413 occupied: 1,168 owner occupied, 245 renter occupied)
% of renters in Melbourne Beach: 17%
Housing density: 1486 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: $931 (lower quartile is $805, upper quartile is $1,405)
Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2008: $889
Median gross rent in Melbourne Beach, FL in 2008: $1,030
Housing units in Melbourne Beach with a mortgage: 612 (76 second mortgage, 131 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 400
HIGH SCHOOLS - PUBLIC
Melbourne High School
74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne
MIDDLE SCHOOLS - PUBLIC
Herbert C. Hoover Junior High School
2000 Hawk Haven Drive, Indialantic
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS - PUBLIC
2100 Oak Street, Melbourne Beach