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Rockledge

Rockledge

The oldest incorporated community in Brevard County, Rockledge is home to more than 20,000 residents. The city covers approximately 10 square miles and is located just south of Cocoa. In addition to being the Space Coast's oldest city, Rockledge also is the oldest winter resort on Florida's east coast.

Although Rockledge is primarily a residential community, it does have a small base of light, industrial businesses. There's a wide variety of retail stores and centers, a hospital, four schools and churches of various denominations, which meet the needs of residents.

Riverside neighborhoods evoke times past, with historic buildings shaded by ancient trees draped in spanish moss. Many of the original settlers built their homes here using income from the orange groves which once carpeted the landscape.

The community is very family-friendly, as any visitor to Rockledge Park on a weekend can attest to - with supporters cheering on the numerous little league softball and soccer games. Nearby McLarty Park is home to the Rockledge Little League, and in addition to its athletic facilities hosts many family events such as Easter egg hunts and the annual residents' picnic.

Rockledge High School football team, the Raiders, won back-to-back state championship titles in 2001 and 2002.

With its beauty, amenities, and neighborly atmosphere, it's no wonder so many new businesses and housing developments are springing up to cater to all the residents attracted to this friendly community.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Residents of Rockledge generally fall into the demographic group of middle-aged married couples with school-aged and adult children. They are comfortably settled in single-family homes in older neighborhoods, although new developments are increasing in popularity. Nearly one-fifth of the population receives some type of retirement income. They typically spend money on home-improvement projects, home furnishings, and outdoor equipment. Note: Some of the following information was compiled from 1999 data.

Population 20,170
Housing 7,864 housing units
Average Rent $446
Average Age of Residents 40.5
2000 Population by Gender Male: 47.7%
  Female: 52.3%
2000 Population by Race White: 80.8%
  Black: 15.8%
  Asian Pacific Islander: 2.2%
  Other: 1.2%
Median Household Income $43,444

HIGH SCHOOLS - PUBLIC

Rockledge High School
220 Raider Road
Rockledge
(321) 636-3711
Grades: 9-12
Principal: Anthony A. Hines
Mascot: Raiders
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: B
Florida 2002 Grade: B
Florida 2001 Grade: C

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MIDDLE SCHOOLS - PUBLIC

Students living in Rockledge attend one of the following middle schools based on school boundaries:

John F. Kennedy Middle School
2100 S. Fiske Blvd.
Rockledge
(321) 633-3500
Grades: 7-8
Principal: Richard Myers
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: C

Ronald McNair Middle Magnet School
1 Challenger Drive
Cocoa
(321) 633-3630
Grades: 7-8
Principal: Rosette Brown
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: B
Florida 2002 Grade: C
Florida 2001 Grade: C

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS - PUBLIC

Students living in Rockledge attend one of the following elementary schools based on school boundaries:

Hans Christian Andersen Elementary
3011 S. Fiske Blvd.
Rockledge
(321) 633-3610
Grades: K-6
Principal: Teresa Wright
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: C

Golfview Elementary Magnet School
1530 S. Fiske Blvd.
Rockledge
(321) 633-3570
Grades: K-6
Principal: Jacqueline Feagin
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: B
Florida 2002 Grade: C
Florida 2001 Grade: D

Manatee Elementary
3425 Solerno Blvd., 
Viera, 32940; 
(321) 633-1000. 
Grades K-6
Principal Carl R. Brown.
Florida 2004 Grade: A
New school, opened August 2003

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