Cocoa, FL

Cocoa profile

Living in Cocoa

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 19,041 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Cocoa is the 149th largest community in Florida.

Unlike some cities, Cocoa isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Cocoa are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cocoa is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cocoa who work in office and administrative support (11.49%), management occupations (10.50%), and sales jobs (10.03%).

A relatively large number of people in Cocoa telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.41% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The percentage of adults in Cocoa who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.07% of the adults in Cocoa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Cocoa in 2018 was $26,831, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,324 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 13.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cocoa include Irish, English, German, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Cocoa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.