As of the 2000 Census, Sharpes had a total population of 3,415 - 1,727 (50.60 percent) females and 1,688 (49.4 percent) males. The median age was 41.80 years. Twenty-one point four zero percent (21.40%) of the population was under 18 years and 19.70 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, Sharpes had a total of 1,680 housing units, 12.00 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 36.79 percent were in single-unit structures, 4.23 percent were in multi-unit structures, and 59.00 percent were mobile homes. Nine point nine four percent (9.94%) of the housing units in Sharpes were built since 1990.
As of the 2000 Census, Sharpes had 1,478 occupied housing units - 1,143 (77.30 percent) owner occupied and 335 (22.70 percent) renter occupied. Four point one zero percent (4.10%) of the households did not have telephone service and 6.80 percent of the households did not have access to a car, truck, or van for private use. Multi-Vehicle households were not rare; 55.68 percent had two vehicles and another 12.30 percent had three or more.
The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $1,003, nonmortgaged owners $314, and renters $452. Thirty-one point four four percent (31.44%) of owners with mortgages, and 36.75 percent of renters in Sharpes spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.
As of the 2000 Census there were 3,415 people comprising 1,478 households in Sharpes. The average household size was 2.30 people.
Families made up 64.10 percent of the households in Sharpes. This figure includes both married-couple families (46.80 percent) and other families (17.30 percent). Nonfamily households made up 35.90 percent of all households in Sharpes. 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.
Two point zero zero percent (2.00%) of the people living in Sharpes as of the 2000 Census there were foreign born. Ninety-seven point one zero percent (97.10%) were native, including 37.00 percent who were born in Florida.
Among people at least five years old living in Sharpes as of the 2000 Census, 7.80 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 3.20 percent spoke Spanish and 4.60 percent spoke some other language; 2.70 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."
As of the 2000 Census, 51.80 percent of the people at least five years old living in Sharpes were living in the same residence in 1995; 32.50 percent had moved during the past 5 years from another residence in Brevard County, 4.00 percent from another county in Florida, 10.90 percent from another state, and less than 0.90 percent from abroad.
As of the 2000 Census, 77.90 percent of people 25 years and over in Sharpes had at least graduated from high school and 13.90 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Nineteen point five zero percent (19.50%) were dropouts; they were not enrolled in school and had not graduated from high school.
The total school enrollment in Sharpes was 789 as of the 2000 Census. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 106 children and elementary or high school enrollment was 524 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 159 people.
In Sharpes, among people at least five years old as of the 2000 Census, 26.41 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 8.20 percent of people 5 to 20 years old, to 28.70 percent of people 21 to 64 years old, and to 43.10 percent of those 65 and older.
As of the 2000 Census, for the employed population 16 years and older, the leading industries in Sharpes were Construction, 15.70 percent, and Retail Trade at 15.10 percent.
The most common occupations reported in Sharpes, Florida were:
Eighty-two point zero zero percent (82.00%) of the people employed were Private wage and salary workers; 7.50 percent were Federal, state, or local government workers; and 10.00 percent were Self-employed in own not incorporated business.
Seventy-eight point six zero percent (78.60%) of Sharpes workers drove to work alone as of the 2000 Census, 15.00 percent carpooled, 0.00 percent took public transportation, and 1.20 percent used other means. The remaining 3.00 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 Sharpes was $27,692. Seventy-two point seven zero percent (72.70%) of Sharpes households received earnings and 19.80 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. Thirty-three point three zero percent (33.30%) of Sharpes households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $10,717. These income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source.
As of the 2000 Census, 18.70 percent of Sharpes residents were in poverty. Sixteen point one zero percent (16.10%) of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 14.80 percent of people 65 years old and over. Twelve point six zero percent (12.60%) of all Sharpes families and 34.80 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.