As of the 2000 Census, Rockledge had a total population of 20,170 - 10,584 (52.50 percent) females and 9,586 (47.5 percent) males. The median age was 40.50 years. Twenty-three point eight zero percent (23.80%) of the population was under 18 years and 16.40 percent was 65 years and older.
For people reporting one race alone;
Note: People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
As of the 2000 Census, Rockledge had a total of 8,288 housing units, 5.90 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 81.12 percent were in single-unit structures, 13.86 percent were in multi-unit structures, and 4.90 percent were mobile homes. Twenty-four point zero two percent (24.02%) of the housing units in Rockledge were built since 1990.
As of the 2000 Census, Rockledge had 7,864 occupied housing units - 6,372 (81.00 percent) owner occupied and 1,492 (19.00 percent) renter occupied. One point one zero percent (1.10%) of the households did not have telephone service and 3.30 percent of the households did not have access to a car, truck, or van for private use. Multi-Vehicle households were not rare; 60.99 percent had two vehicles and another 16.20 percent had three or more.
The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $922, nonmortgaged owners $280, and renters $708. Twenty-seven point five three percent (27.53%) of owners with mortgages, and 30.84 percent of renters in Rockledge spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.
As of the 2000 Census there were 20,170 people comprising 7,864 households in Rockledge. The average household size was 2.51 people.
Families made up 72.20 percent of the households in Rockledge. This figure includes both married-couple families (56.80 percent) and other families (15.40 percent). Nonfamily households made up 27.80 percent of all households in Rockledge. 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.
Four point six zero percent (4.60%) of the people living in Rockledge as of the 2000 Census there were foreign born. Ninety-three point seven zero percent (93.70%) were native, including 36.80 percent who were born in Florida.
Among people at least five years old living in Rockledge as of the 2000 Census, 7.10 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 3.30 percent spoke Spanish and 3.80 percent spoke some other language; 2.20 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."
As of the 2000 Census, 54.60 percent of the people at least five years old living in Rockledge were living in the same residence in 1995; 29.90 percent had moved during the past 5 years from another residence in Brevard County, 5.00 percent from another county in Florida, 9.40 percent from another state, and less than 1.10 percent from abroad.
As of the 2000 Census, 87.40 percent of people 25 years and over in Rockledge had at least graduated from high school and 24.40 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Nine point two zero percent (9.20%) were dropouts; they were not enrolled in school and had not graduated from high school.
The total school enrollment in Rockledge was 5,067 as of the 2000 Census. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 560 children and elementary or high school enrollment was 3,521 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 986 people.
In Rockledge, among people at least five years old as of the 2000 Census, 19.80 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 8.00 percent of people 5 to 20 years old, to 20.00 percent of people 21 to 64 years old, and to 46.70 percent of those 65 and older.
As of the 2000 Census, for the employed population 16 years and older, the leading industries in Rockledge were Educational, Health And Social Services, 20.80 percent, and Manufacturing at 12.90 percent.
The most common occupations reported in Rockledge, Florida were:
Seventy-four point four zero percent (74.40%) of the people employed were Private wage and salary workers; 19.50 percent were Federal, state, or local government workers; and 5.90 percent were Self-employed in own not incorporated business.
Eighty-five point six zero percent (85.60%) of Rockledge workers drove to work alone as of the 2000 Census, 9.50 percent carpooled, 0.30 percent took public transportation, and 1.10 percent used other means. The remaining 2.70 percent worked at home. Among those who commuted to work, it took them on average 24 minutes to get to work.
The median income of households in Rockledge was $45,218. Seventy-nine point eight zero percent (79.80%) of Rockledge households received earnings and 24.00 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. Thirty-one point one zero percent (31.10%) of Rockledge households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $11,760. These income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source.
As of the 2000 Census, 6.50 percent of Rockledge residents were in poverty. Six point two zero percent (6.20%) of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 7.20 percent of people 65 years old and over. Four point zero zero percent (4.00%) of all Rockledge families and 14.10 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.