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Merritt Island, Florida - Basic Facts

The Merritt Island Census Designated Place had a population of 36,011 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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Merritt Island, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 36,011
Daytime Population: Workers 15,568
Daytime Population: Residents 19,713
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 35,281
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.98
Population in Households 35,685
Population in Familes 28,146
Population in Group Qrtrs 326
Population Density2 2,055
Diversity Index3 35


Median Household Income $57,188
Average Household Income $84,203
Per Capita Income $35,908


Total Housing Units 17,692 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,768 (60.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,436 (25.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,488 (14.1%)
Median Home Value $227,473
Average Home Value $296,982


Total Households 15,204
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 9,902
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.5% 0.7%
Households 0.42% 0.65%
Families 0.29% 0.56%
Median Household Income   2.31%
Per Capita Income   2.42%

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, 2017 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 # 109 88th
Population Density # 382 59th
Diversity Index # 597 35th
Median Household Income # 260 72nd
Per Capita Income # 216 77th

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