Palm Bay in Florida is one of the principal cities in Brevard County. The city is a major one in the Palm Bay−Melbourne−Titusville Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The city is nicely located on Florida’s east central coast. It is found midway between Miami and Jacksonville.
Things to know about Palm Bay in Florida.
|• Mayor||Rob Medina|
|• City Manager||Suzanne Sherman|
|• City||101.04 sq mi (261.69 km2)|
|• Land||97.86 sq mi (253.46 km2)|
|• Water||3.18 sq mi (8.23 km2) 4.56%|
|Elevation||19 ft (5 m)|
|• Estimate (2019)||115,552|
|• Density||1,180.75/sq mi (455.89/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0288389|
Areas surrounding the city.
- Indian River County
- West Melbourne; Melbourne
- St. Johns River; Sawgrass Lake; Lake Hell ‘n Blazes; Osceola County
- Grant-Valkaria; Malabar; Indian River Lagoon
History of the city.
The first known inhabitants of the area now known as Palm Bay are the AIS people. The area where the city now is located is in the Turkey Creek area as well as in Elbow Creek and Crane Creek.
Other historical facts about Palm Bay.
- The first prominent settler was John Tillman in the late 1870s.
- Tillman operated an orange and banana plantation in the late 1880s.
- The railroad arrived in 1894.
- Lumber operation was known to operate in the mid 19th century.
- The city was named Palm Bay in the 1920s.
- The city was a finalist for the All-America City Award from 2003 to 2005.
- It was ranked the 11th most innovative city in the nation in 2010 by Forbes magazine.
The council-manager form of government is used in the city.