Merritt Island 76 Exceptional
Merritt Island Livability #335 ranked city in Florida#7,059 ranked city in the USARanks better than 75% of areas
D- Merritt Island Amenities Some amenities close to this location
C+ Merritt Island Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Florida
Merritt Island
973% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Merritt Island cost of living
C+ Merritt Island Crime Total crime is 11% lower than Florida
Total crime
2,24410% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4510% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
Merritt Island crime
D+ Merritt Island Employment Household income is 11% higher than Florida
Median household income
$54,1002% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$32,5839% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%18% higher than the US average
Merritt Island employment
C Merritt Island Housing Home value is 17% higher than Florida
Median home value
$195,6006% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9282% lower than the US average
Home ownership
75%17% higher than the US average
Merritt Island real estate or Merritt Island rentals
A+ Merritt Island Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Florida
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
73%48% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:17% higher than the US average
Merritt Island K-12 schools
B+ Merritt Island User Ratings There are a total of 11 ratings in Merritt Island
Overall user rating
76% 11 total ratings
User reviews rating
87% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
67% 8 total surveys
all Merritt Island poll results

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      Living in Merritt Island, FL

      Merritt Island, Florida is a mid-sized city with a population of 35,916 inhabitants. At 90%, the majority of the Merritt Island population is White; this is followed by 5% Black and 3% Asian. In Merritt Island, there seems to be a shift in population towards an older age group. The average age of the population is now 49, which is significantly higher than the nation’s average. Merritt Island is known to be family friendly as more than 73% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 73% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Living in Merritt Island can be a good experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Florida, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like amenities, cost of living, education, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Merritt Island and in the areas around Merritt Island is a much easier task.

      Merritt Island has a livability score of 75 out of 100 and is ranked #392 in Florida and #5,500 in the USA. This is a great score, as Merritt Island ranks well in multiple categories! For each of the livability categories, we see that Merritt Island ranks very well for weather (A-) and education (A+). There are some categories that Merritt Island ranks poorly for, including: amenities (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      The average school test scores in Merritt Island are 73%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Merritt Island. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Merritt Island are affordable. Median real estate prices in Merritt Island come in at $195,600, which is 17.3% higher than the Florida average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Merritt Island, the home price to income ratio is 3.6, which is 5.9% higher than the Florida average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Merritt Island will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Merritt Island, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 8.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.5%.

      Merritt Island transportation information

      StatisticMerritt IslandFloridaNational
      Average one way commute24min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.9%79.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.0%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.5%2.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.7%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.3%1.5%2.8%
      Working from home6.0%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Merritt Island, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).