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Statistical Characteristics of Palm Bay

Population Of Palm Bay

As of the 2000 Census, Palm Bay had a total population of 79,413 - 40,690 (51.20 percent) females and 38,723 (48.8 percent) males. The median age was 37.20 years. Twenty-six point five zero percent (26.50%) of the population was under 18 years and 14.70 percent was 65 years and older.

The Age Distribution of People in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census
The Age Distribution of People in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census 65 and over
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14.70%
45 to 64
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21.53%
25 to 44
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29.63%
15 to 24
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12.18%
5 to 14
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15.82%
Under 5
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6.10%
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Percent of Palm Bay population

For people reporting one race alone;

  • Eighty-one point five zero percent (81.50%) were White;
  • Eleven point three zero percent (11.30%) were Black or African American;
  • Less than 0.40 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native;
  • One point seven zero percent (1.70%) were Asian;
  • Less than 0.00 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander;
  • Two point four zero percent (2.40%) were Some other race.
  • Two point seven zero percent (2.70%) reported Two or more races.
  • Eight point six zero percent (8.60%) of the people in Palm Bay were Hispanic.
  • Seventy-six point two zero percent (76.20%) of the people in Palm Bay were White non-Hispanic.

Note: People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

Palm Bay Housing Characteristics

As of the 2000 Census, Palm Bay had a total of 32,929 housing units, 7.80 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 80.08 percent were in single-unit structures, 13.80 percent were in multi-unit structures, and 6.10 percent were mobile homes. Twenty-seven point one seven percent (27.17%) of the housing units in Palm Bay were built since 1990.

The Types of Housing Units in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census
The Types of Housing Units in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census Single-unit structures
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80.08%
In multi-unit structures
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13.80%
Mobile homes
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6.10%
Boat, RV, Van, Etc. 0.00%
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Percent of housing units
Occupied Housing Unit Characteristics

As of the 2000 Census, Palm Bay had 30,336 occupied housing units - 22,858 (75.30 percent) owner occupied and 7,478 (24.70 percent) renter occupied. One point six zero percent (1.60%) of the households did not have telephone service and 4.20 percent of the households did not have access to a car, truck, or van for private use. Multi-Vehicle households were not rare; 56.85 percent had two vehicles and another 14.40 percent had three or more.

Palm Bay Housing Costs

The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $762, nonmortgaged owners $237, and renters $633. Twenty-nine point one three percent (29.13%) of owners with mortgages, and 39.70 percent of renters in Palm Bay spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.

Occupants with a Housing Cost Burden in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census
Occupants with a Housing Cost Burden in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census Owners with mortgage
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29.13%
Renters
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39.70%
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Percent paying 30 percent or more of income for housing
Palm Bay Households And Families

As of the 2000 Census there were 79,413 people comprising 30,336 households in Palm Bay. The average household size was 2.60 people.

Families made up 71.80 percent of the households in Palm Bay. This figure includes both married-couple families (55.00 percent) and other families (16.80 percent). Nonfamily households made up 28.20 percent of all households in Palm Bay. Most of the nonfamily households were people living alone, but some were composed of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder.

The Types of Households in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census
The Types of Households in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census Married-Couple Family
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55.00%
Other Families
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16.80%
People Living Alone
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21.80%
Other Nonfamily Households
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6.40%
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Percent of households
Nativity And Language

Nine point five zero percent (9.50%) of the people living in Palm Bay as of the 2000 Census there were foreign born. Eighty-six point three zero percent (86.30%) were native, including 27.80 percent who were born in Florida.

Among people at least five years old living in Palm Bay as of the 2000 Census, 12.50 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 7.40 percent spoke Spanish and 5.10 percent spoke some other language; 4.20 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."

Geographic Mobility

As of the 2000 Census, 52.00 percent of the people at least five years old living in Palm Bay were living in the same residence in 1995; 26.30 percent had moved during the past 5 years from another residence in Brevard County, 5.30 percent from another county in Florida, 14.40 percent from another state, and less than 2.00 percent from abroad.

Geographic Mobility of Residents of Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census
Geographic Mobility of Residents of Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census Same residence
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52.00%
Different residence, same county
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26.30%
Different county, same state
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5.30%
Different state
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14.40%
Abroad
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2.00%
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Percent of people age 5 years and older
Education

As of the 2000 Census, 83.70 percent of people 25 years and over in Palm Bay had at least graduated from high school and 16.70 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Twelve point six zero percent (12.60%) were dropouts; they were not enrolled in school and had not graduated from high school.

The total school enrollment in Palm Bay was 21,703 as of the 2000 Census. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 2,406 children and elementary or high school enrollment was 14,947 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 4,350 people.

The Educational Attainment of People in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census
The Educational Attainment of People in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census Graduate or professional degree
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4.90%
Bachelor's degree
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11.80%
Associate's degree
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9.20%
Some college, no degree
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26.10%
High school diploma or equivalency
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31.70%
Less than high school diploma
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16.30%
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Percent of people 25 years and over
Disability

In Palm Bay, among people at least five years old as of the 2000 Census, 20.76 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 9.60 percent of people 5 to 20 years old, to 22.30 percent of people 21 to 64 years old, and to 42.50 percent of those 65 and older.

Industries in Palm Bay

As of the 2000 Census, for the employed population 16 years and older, the leading industries in Palm Bay were Educational, Health And Social Services, 19.90 percent, and Manufacturing at 16.20 percent.

Employment by Industry in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census
Employment by Industry in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing And Hunting, And Mining
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0.40%
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accommodation And Food Services
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8.80%
Construction
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8.70%
Educational, Health And Social Services
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19.90%
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, And Rental And Leasing
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4.30%
Information
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3.00%
Manufacturing
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16.20%
Other Services (except Public Administration)
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4.90%
Professional, Scientific, Management, Administrative, And Waste Management Services
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9.30%
Public Administration
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4.50%
Retail Trade
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13.90%
Transportation And Warehousing, And Utilities
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3.30%
Wholesale Trade
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2.60%
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Percent of employed people 16 years and over
Palm Bay Occupations And Types Of Employers

The most common occupations reported in Palm Bay, Florida were:

  • Management, Professional, And Related Occupations, 29.40 percent;
  • Sales And Office Occupations, 27.50 percent;
  • Service Occupations, 18.80 percent;
  • Production, Transportation, And Material Moving Occupations, 12.10 percent;
  • Construction, Extraction, And Maintenance Occupations, 12.10 percent;
  • Farming, Fishing, And Forestry Occupations, 0.20 percent;

Eighty-two point three zero percent (82.30%) of the people employed were Private wage and salary workers; 12.10 percent were Federal, state, or local government workers; and 5.40 percent were Self-employed in own not incorporated business.

Traveling To Work from Palm Bay

Eighty-three point five zero percent (83.50%) of Palm Bay workers drove to work alone as of the 2000 Census, 12.10 percent carpooled, 0.40 percent took public transportation, and 1.50 percent used other means. The remaining 2.10 percent worked at home. Among those who commuted to work, it took them on average 26 minutes to get to work.

Income in Palm Bay

The median income of households in Palm Bay was $36,508. Seventy-seven point four zero percent (77.40%) of Palm Bay households received earnings and 22.00 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. Thirty-one point nine zero percent (31.90%) of Palm Bay households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $11,825. These income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source.

Poverty in Palm Bay

As of the 2000 Census, 9.50 percent of Palm Bay residents were in poverty. Eleven point five zero percent (11.50%) of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 8.10 percent of people 65 years old and over. Seven point one zero percent (7.10%) of all Palm Bay families and 20.50 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.

Poverty Rates in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census
Poverty Rates in Palm Bay, Florida as of the 2000 Census People age 65 and over
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8.10%
Related children under 18 years
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11.50%
All families
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7.10%
Female householder families
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20.50%
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Percent below poverty level
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