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Malabar is a town in Brevard County, Florida. The population was 2,757 at the 2010 United States Census. It is part of the Palm BayMelbourneTitusville Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.2 square miles (34km2). 10.6 square miles (27km2) of it is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7km2) of it (19.53%) is water.
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; each district's registered voters vote for their respective district council seat. 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 its 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.In Early 2019, the Town Council voted unanimously to designate the Town as a Sandhill Crane Sanctuary, affording the birds extra attention to protect them within the Town Borders. It also designated the Sandhill Crane the official Town Bird. Town Resolution 08-2018, May 20, 2019.
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. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.63% of the population.
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