Merritt Island, Florida Population 2024

34,625

Merritt Island is a city located in Brevard County Florida. Merritt Island has a 2024 population of 34,625. Merritt Island is currently growing at a rate of 0.47% annually and its population has increased by 1.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 33,975 in 2020.

The average household income in Merritt Island is $116,942 with a poverty rate of 6.53%. The median age in Merritt Island is 50.2 years: 48.1 years for males, and 52.1 years for females.

Merritt Island Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Merritt Island was:

  • White: 87.23%
  • Two or more races: 5.59%
  • Asian: 3.07%
  • Black or African American: 2.46%
  • Other race: 1.43%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.15%
  • Native American: 0.08%
State
Florida
Land Area (mi²)
17.0 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,040.20/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
1.91% (650)
The current population of Merritt Island, Florida is 34,625 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 33,975.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White29,91987.23%
Two or more races1,9185.59%
Asian1,0523.07%
Black or African American8442.46%
Other race4911.43%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander500.15%
Native American260.08%

White

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Merritt Island Population by Race

Merritt Island Population Pyramid 2024

Merritt Island Median Age

50.2

Total

48.1

Male

52.1

Female

Merritt Island Adults

There are 28,304 adults, (8,831 of whom are seniors) in Merritt Island.

Merritt Island Age Dependency

76.1

Age Dependency Ratio

45.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Merritt Island Sex Ratio

Female17,09349.83%
Male17,20750.17%

Merritt Island Population by Age

Merritt Island Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All13,6872.4881.318.7
Married7,4953.0987.912.1
Non Family4,7881.2475.624.4
Female9783.6862.537.5
Male4262.8572.327.7

3.07

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

81.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Merritt Island Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade7452.87%
Associates Degree3,09811.94%
Bachelors Degree6,48424.98%
Graduate Degree4,28816.52%
High School Graduate5,66521.83%
Less Than 9th Grade3031.17%
Some College5,37320.7%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Merritt Island Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Merritt Island Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White21,99921,3459,235
Hispanic1,7131,461644
2+ Races1,2331,182594
Asian718655311
Black640586113
Other Race282282105
Islander505037
Native American141414

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

Merritt Island Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$69,601$88,967$50,275
Graduate Degree$90,898$128,086$80,107
High School Graduate$32,874$37,024$27,530
Less Than 9th Grade$33,826$0$22,412
Overall$49,899$60,808$41,889
Some College$40,194$50,084$32,356

$49,899

Average Earnings

$60,808

Average Male

$41,889

Average Female

Merritt Island Earnings by Educational Attainment

Merritt Island Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Merritt Island Language

90.04% of Merritt Island residents speak only English, while 9.96% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.37% of the population.

Merritt Island Language

Merritt Island Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White28,0551,7746.32%
Black82217421.17%
Hispanic2,4141194.93%
Asian1,043858.15%
Multiple1,918713.7%
Other491183.67%

6.53%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.03%

Male Poverty Rate

7.04%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Merritt Island

The race most likely to be in poverty in Merritt Island is Black, with 21.17% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Merritt Island is Other, with 3.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.32%. Among those working part-time, it was 6.76%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 10.99%.

Merritt Island Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade12.54%
High School8.4%
Some College7.98%
Bachelors or Greater3.61%

Merritt Island Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed22.63%
Female Unemployed8.11%
Female Employed3.54%
Male Employed2.19%

Merritt Island Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Merritt Island Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$108,161$144,493
Households$82,172$116,942
Married Families$117,764$-999,999,999
Non Families$51,186$63,044

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Merritt Island Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

54.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.9%

Male Marriage Rate

54.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Merritt Island Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Merritt Island Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Merritt Island Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Merritt Island Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,853

Number of Veterans

3,378

Male Veterans

475

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam1,337
First Gulf War1,193
Second Gulf War1,006
Korea398
World War II62

Merritt Island Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
75+1,233
35 to 54913
65 to 74849
55 to 64659
18 to 34199

Merritt Island Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White3,42913.84%
2+ Races20314.55%
Hispanic19410.44%
Black13020.31%
Other Race4911.5%
Asian354.1%
Native American750%

Merritt Island Veterans by Race

Merritt Island Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.2%

Veteran Disability Rate

Merritt Island Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

56.2%

Labor Force Participation

53.4%

Employment Rate

4.2%

Unemployment Rate

Merritt Island Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Merritt Island Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Merritt Island Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

30.74%

Born in Merritt Island

92.88%

Native Born

7.12%

Foreign Born

1.55%

Non Citizen

5.57%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.88% of Merritt Island residents were born in the United States, with 30.74% having been born in Florida. 1.55% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Merritt Island Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202434,6251630.47%
202334,4621620.47%
202234,3002870.84%
202134,013380.11%
202033,975-2,557-7%
201936,532-265-0.72%
201836,7974171.15%
201736,3804641.29%
201635,916160.04%
201535,9008372.39%
201435,0633320.96%
201334,731-21-0.06%
201234,7522330.67%
201134,519-224-0.64%
201034,74300%

Merritt Island Population by Year