Cocoa is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 17,711 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Cocoa is the 145th largest community in Florida.
Cocoa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Cocoa is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cocoa who work in office and administrative support (15.04%), maintenance occupations (11.75%), and sales jobs (10.03%).
Cocoa is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
For a small city, Cocoa has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Cocoa exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
The citizens of Cocoa are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.90% of adults in Cocoa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Cocoa in 2010 was $19,993, which is lower middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,972 for a family of four. However, Cocoa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Cocoa is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cocoa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cocoa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Cocoa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.55% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cocoa include Irish, Italian, English, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Cocoa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.