Merritt Island is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 35,256 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Merritt Island is the 86th largest community in Florida.
Merritt Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Merritt Island is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Merritt Island who work in sales jobs (11.11%), office and administrative support (10.55%), and management occupations (10.28%).
Of important note, Merritt Island is also a town of artists. Merritt Island has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Merritt Island’s character.
Also of interest is that Merritt Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Merritt Island telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.54% 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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Merritt Island is worth considering.
Merritt Island 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 citizens of Merritt Island are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.61% of adults in Merritt Island have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Merritt Island in 2018 was $36,846, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $147,384 for a family of four. However, Merritt Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Merritt Island is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Merritt Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Merritt Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Merritt Island include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Merritt Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.