|Town of Malabar|
Location in Brevard County and the state of Florida
Malabar is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.2 square miles (34 km2). 10.6 square miles (27 km2) of it is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) of it (19.53%) is water.
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Malabar has a strong council form of government consisting of a five seat Town Council (one from each of Malabar's five districts), and a mayor to serve as a figurehead and for ceremonial purposes. The council members must reside in the district they represent, but the entire town votes for all council seats. Council members serve two year terms; district 1, 2, and 3 members are elected in even numbered years, and district 4 and 5 in odd numbered years. The mayor serves a four year term elected the same year as the US presidential election. Town council members are subject to a three term (six year) term limit, but may run again and serve up to another six years after sitting out one term. The mayor has a two term (8 year) term limit, and may also run again after sitting out one term. Day-to-day operation of the Town and it's finances is handled by a Town Administrator and a Town Clerk/Treasurer, both of whom report directly to the Town Council. Public works, the fire department (a hybrid volunteer/paid professional department) report to the Town Administrator, and the clerk's office reports to the Town Clerk/Treasurer. There are several advisory boards authorized by the town charter who advise and report to the Town Council.
In 2007, the town had a taxable real estate base of $282.32 million. Malabar currently and historically has the lowest property tax rates of any area of Brevard County, including unincorporated areas of the county.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,622 people, 1,033 households, and 757 families residing in the town. The population density was 246.6 inhabitants per square mile (95.2/km²). There were 1,177 housing units at an average density of 110.7 per square mile (42.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.48%White, 2.78% African American, 0.53% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanicor Latino of any race were 2.63% of the population.
There were 1,033 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 30.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 105.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $49,674, and the median income for a family was $62,321. Males had a median income of $37,050 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,502. About 7.5% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.