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Brevard County - known as The Space Coast - is 72 miles long, consists of 1,019 square miles and is home to about 510,000 people.
The economic picture is brighter than ever. We are experiencing constant growth, in many sectors.
On the job front, high-tech businesses with ties to space, technology and aviation are major cogs in the county's economy, along with finance, education and health care. In addition to the U.S. government, which employs thousands of Brevardians, the five biggest private sector employers, as of October 2004, were Harris Corp., United Space Alliance, Health First Inc., Space Gateway Support and Wuesthoff Health System Inc.
The projected population for Brevard is 577,600 by 2012, compared to 444,992 in 1995.
About 88.2 percent of the population is white, 8.7 black, and 3.1 percent hispanic and other groups.
About 51 percent of the population is female.
The highest number of Brevardians (26.9%) falls into the 25-44 age group. The second highest is the 45-64 group (24.7%), and the third highest is the 65 plus crowd (19.7%).
Real estate is booming across the county. The median cost of a house for Brevard is $208,000. One reason for the surge in prices: Residents of heavily congested south Florida are looking north to escape from urbanization.
Brevard has become a center of learning, with several colleges and universities represented here.
The average high temperature is about 80, and the low near 63, but Brevard winters can be cold, sometimes dropping below freezing.