Perhaps the area is best recognized for its proximity to the tourism of Orlando, which provides a continual economic bolster for the city. Theme parks of Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and Sea World are all just a short drive away. Merritt Island does not belong to an official city, requiring no city taxes. The central part of Merritt Island is home to the majority of the population and includes the local high school, library, and shopping district. With more than 30 area schools, Brevard County schools are ranked among the top in the nation.
As one of Central Florida?s hottest growth areas, Merritt Island sits at the epicenter of Florida?s Space Coast. The NASA-related industrial activities support more than 13,000 workers. There are also light industrial fabrication centers around the Merritt Island airport. Brunswick Corporation, a boat manufacturer operates a factory in Merritt, while the area enjoys ongoing job growth, an able and abundant workforce and no state income tax.