Information about Melbourne
Melbourne is situated on the east coast of Florida, approximately an hour's drive south of Kennedy Space Center and about an hour and a half east of Orlando. Most of the city is located on the mainland, but part of Melbourne is situated on a barrier island, which is separated from the mainland by the Indian River Lagoon.
Melbourne had an estimated 78,490 residents as of 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. One interesting fact about this city is that the local telephone area code, 321, was intentionally chosen because of its similarity to the final three digits of the NASA space launch countdown.
In addition to visiting central Florida tourist attractions such as the Kennedy Space Center and Disney World, recreation seekers can engage in freshwater or deep sea fishing, enjoy the plentiful beaches, participate in a variety of sports activities, such as golf or surfing, or visit the local Brevard Zoo. Additionally, Melbourne hosts a number of annual events, including the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, IndiaFest, the Melbourne Arts Festival and the Melbourne Main Street Fall Art Festival.
Education in Melbourne
Located in Melbourne, Florida Institute of Technology offers bachelor's through doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. This private school had nearly 6,400 students as of Fall 2014, including nearly 3,700 undergraduates. Melbourne also hosts a campus of the private Florida-based Keiser University and Everest University.
Employment in Melbourne
Some of the largest employers in and near Melbourne in Brevard County are the Brevard County School Board, Florida Institute of Technology, and Eastern Florida State College. Top industries include health care, with Health First Medical Group and Wuesthoff Health System as some of the top employers. In addition, the aerospace industry and technology companies have a strong presence in the area, with companies like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Harris Corp. as major employers.