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Merritt Island, Florida - Basic Facts

The Merritt Island Census Designated Place had a population of 35,538 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Merritt Island is located at latitude 28.3092 and longitude -80.676 in Brevard County. The formal boundaries for the Merritt Island Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.52 sq. miles and a water area of 29.66 sq. miles. Brevard County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The Merritt Island Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2403280) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Florida is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Merritt Island Census Designated Place is located within Merritt Island CCD of Brevard County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Merritt Island population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Merritt Island, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 35,538
Population in Households 35,218
Population in Familes 27,808
Population in Group Qrtrs 320
Population Density1 2,028
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 15,030
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 9,785
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 17,591 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,625 (60.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,405 (25.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,561 (14.6%)
Median Home Value $222,432
Average Home Value $301,871


Median Household Income $54,715
Average Household Income $79,396
Per Capita Income $33,934
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.36% 0.66%
Households 0.3% 0.61%
Families 0.14% 0.51%
Median Household Income   2.24%
Per Capita Income   1.76%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Merritt Island, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Merritt Island to the other 919 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 108 88th
Population Density1 # 380 59th
Diversity Index2 # 590 36th
Median Household Income # 264 71st
Per Capita Income # 222 76th

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