Melbourne is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 84,678 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Melbourne is the 34th largest community in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Melbourne is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Melbourne is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Melbourne who work in office and administrative support (11.28%), sales jobs (9.99%), and management occupations (8.62%).
Also of interest is that Melbourne has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.44% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Another interesting thing about Melbourne, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Melbourne 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.
The overall education level of Melbourne citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.93% of adults in Melbourne have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Melbourne in 2018 was $29,527, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $118,108 for a family of four. However, Melbourne contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Melbourne is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Melbourne home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Melbourne residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Melbourne also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.72% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Melbourne include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Melbourne is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.