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West Melbourne is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United
States. It was created in 1959 to stop the area from being
annexed into the City of Melbourne and to avoid the levying
of an ad valorem tax. The population was 9,824 at the 2000
census. In 1970, the city's population was approximately 3,050.
As of 2008, the estimated population according to the U.S.
Census Bureau was 15,328. Since 2000, the city has experienced
the highest population growth percentage of any municipality
in Brevard County. It is part of the Palm Bay–Melbourne–Titusville
Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In 2005, the City of West Melbourne started charging property
taxes for the first time in its existence (since 1959). Prior
to 2005, the city survived on "fees only" for its
$17 million budget.
West Melbourne is located at 28°4'40?N 80°39'55?W?
/ ?28.07778°N 80.66528°W? / 28.07778; -80.66528 (28.077895,
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 20.3 km² (7.8 mi²). 20.3 km² (7.8 mi²)
of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (0.26%)
As of the 2000 census, there were 9,824 people, 4,497 households,
and 2,693 families residing in the city. The population density
was 485.0/km² (1,255.7/mi²). There were 4,874 housing
units at an average density of 240.6/km² (623.0/mi²).
The racial makeup of the city was 93.68% White, 1.40% African
American, 0.13% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific
Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more
races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.84% of the population.
There were 4,497 households out of which 19.1% had children
under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples
living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband
present, and 40.1% were non-families. 34.0% of all households
were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone
who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.63.
The population in the city was spread out with 15.9% under
the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1%
from 45 to 64, and 31.0% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were
85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were
The City of West Melbourne utilizes a Council-Manager form
of government. The City Council consists of the mayor and
six council members. The City Management consists of a city
manager and a twelve person executive management team.
In 2007, the city had a taxable real estate base of $1.32
* Hal Rose, Mayor (November 2007 - November 2010)
* John D’Amico, Deputy Mayor, Council Member (November
2007 - November 2009)
* Pat Bentley, Council Member (November 2008 - November 2010)
* Stephany Eley, Council member (November 2008 - November
* Mike Hazlett, Council Member (November 2007 - November 2009)
* Andrew Jones, Council Member (November 2007 - November 2009)
* William Mettrick, Council Member (November 2008 - November
The West Melbourne City Hall is located at 2285 Minton Road.
Schools are run by the Brevard County School Board. They
* Meadowlane Elementary
* Roy Allen Elementary
* Central Middle
Economy / Personal Income
The median income for a household in the city was $37,391,
and the median income for a family was $46,486. Males had
a median income of $38,693 versus $27,040 for females. The
per capita income for the city was $24,006. About 4.9% of
families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty
line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those
age 65 or over.
In 2007, the average size of West Melbourne's labor force
was 5,074. Of that group, 4,783 were employed and 291 were
unemployed, for an unemployment rate of 5.7%.
In 2008, 83 building permits were issued. This was down from
174 permits in 2007, which was up from 142 permits in 2006.
The median home price in 2007 was $226,000.