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Merritt Island is still considered a natural island.To the west and south it is separated by the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.Construction of a barge canal to the Intracoastal Waterway from the Atlantic Ocean (for power plant oil shipments) cut off the northern half of the island for many years.To this day, the northern portion of the island remains slightly less developed, with a few areas remaining as cattle pasture or citrus land.The Indian River oranges and grapefruit come from this sandy area.The island's population grew in the 1950s and 1960s as the Space Race began and nearby NASA expanded.
The island is linked by causeways, SR 520 (Merritt Island Causeway), , State Road 404 (Pineda Causeway), and SR 528, to the barrier island to its east and the mainland to the west.
The population density was 2,044.6 people per square mile (789.5/km²).
There were 15,813 housing units at an average density of 895.9 per square mile (345.9/km²).
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and NASA's John F.
Kennedy Space Center are located on the northern part of Merritt Island.