Beautiful Brevard County

Some Facts about Brevard

  • The Space Coast is 72 miles long and was created in 1855 by the Florida Legislature.
  • Brevard's name came from a Civil War general.
  • Brevard County is 20 miles wide east to west.
  • Brevard's population in 2006 was 534,359.
  • Brevard's projected population in 2020 is 800,800
  • Brevard County has been occupied for at least 10,000 years! First by the Paleo Indians.
  • By 2012 the projected population is 577,600.
  • The average high temperature is 80.
  • In 1513 Ponce deLeon landed somewhere around Melbourne Beach.
  • Cape Canaveral was first named Cape of Currents by Ponce de Leon in 1513.
  • Cocoa was supposedly named after a box of Baker's Cocoa delivered to Willard's General Store.
  • Cocoa Beach was the first homesteaded by freed slaves after the Civil War.
  • Melbourne was named in 1880 when homesteader Richard W. Goode's daughter drew its name on the longest of three broom straws.
  • Melbourne Beach is the oldest beach community in Brevard County founded in 1883.
  • Patrick Air Force Base was first named the Banana River Naval Air Station in 1940 and changed to Patrick Air Force Base in 1950.
  • Juan Ponce de Leon was the first European explorer on Florida soil in 1513.
  • The average high temperature in January is 71 degrees with the low around 50 degrees.
  • The average high temperature in July is 90 degrees and the average low is 73 degrees.
  • The biggest private-sector employers as of October 2008 included Harris Corp., United Space Alliance, Health First Inc., Wuesthoff Health System Inc., Northrup Grumman and Space Gateway Support.