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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Cocoa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (17.48%), maintenance occupations (12.56%), and sales jobs (9.92%).
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.
Despite the fact that it is a small city, Cocoa has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.
The education level of Cocoa citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.66% of adults 25 and older in Cocoa have a college degree.
The per capita income in Cocoa in 2010 was $19,848, which is lower middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,392 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 15.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cocoa include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Cocoa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.