About the City of Melbourne

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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. 

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.


The current population of Melbourne is 82,010 (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Research, April 2018).


The City of Melbourne is 51.33 square miles or 32,851.2 acres in size as of May 2018. The map below shows the City of Melbourne's boundary as of May 2018. 

Map showing boundaries of the City of Melbourne as of May 2018.