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Merritt Island, FL
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Merritt Island profile

Living in Merritt Island

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 34,518 people and 14 associated neighborhoods, Merritt Island is the 99th largest community in Florida.

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 14.64% 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.

One of the nice things about Merritt Island is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Merritt Island is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.50% of adults in Merritt Island have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Merritt Island in 2018 was $48,751, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $195,004 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Merritt Island include English, German, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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