The City of Melbourne is the economic engine of Brevard County, capitalizing on high-tech industries, location on the Space Coast and our established relationships with the region’s educational and research leaders. Melbourne’s historic downtowns provide ever increasing entertainment options and unique retail choices. Melbourne’s unparalleled natural amenities and a strong sense of community stewardship make the City one of the best places to live, work and raise a family.
The City of Melbourne is located in southern Brevard County, southeast of Orlando on Florida’s east coast. It sits astride the Indian River Lagoon, with a large portion of the City located on Florida’s mainland, and a portion located on a barrier island. The Indian River Lagoon separates the mainland from the beach side barrier island.
Melbourne is 44.92 square miles or 28,749.21 acres in size (as of December 2014).
The current population of Melbourne is 77,508 (Source: U.S. Census Bureau). Melbourne residents represent a broad spectrum of demographics, from retirees and well-educated professionals to a large base of young families beginning their professional careers.
Form of Government
Melbourne’s charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government. The council is the legislative body of the city, which sets policies and goals for the City of Melbourne, including the annual budget and tax rate. The Melbourne City Council appoints a city manager who serves as the chief administrative and executive officer of the city, and a city attorney who protects city’s legal interests and assets. The City Council also appoints volunteers to serve on municipal boards. Most of the boards are advisory, while several are granted specific decision-making powers. Citizens may speak at public hearings, which are held before any new laws are approved and before the annual budget and property tax rate are finalized.