Merritt Island, FL
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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.

Unlike some towns, Merritt Island isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Merritt Island are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (12.23%), management occupations (10.99%), and office and administrative support (10.31%).

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.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Merritt Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Merritt Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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

In terms of college education, Merritt Island is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.35% of adults in Merritt Island have a college degree.

The per capita income in Merritt Island in 2010 was $31,622, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $126,488 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 Irish, Italian, English, and French .

The most common language spoken in Merritt Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.