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Volusia County, FL

Volusia County is situated on the east coast of Central Florida, standing out as a home buying destination with its 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches. This coastline is rated as a world-class playground and serves as one of the growth platforms for the county’s beachfront cities that include Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach.

Stretching between the St. Johns River and the Atlantic, Volusia was created as a county in 1854, with part of its territory drawn from Orange County. Its name was adopted from the early European settlement of Volusia on the western side of the county. DeLand is the county seat, while Deltona is Volusia’s largest city.

Water Charms and More

Volusia’s area totals about 1,430 square miles, with water comprising some 330 square miles and land 1,100 square miles. It is a given that Volusia’s oceanfront and riverfront communities are centers of water-based sports and leisure activities. St. Johns River is famed not only for its rustic sceneries but also for its bass fishing. The river, in addition, links with magnificent parks and wildlife preserves along the county’s western border.

Genuine southern charm can be experienced in the county seat DeLand and its stately historic homes and buildings. This city’s crown jewel is its award-winning downtown teeming with quaint restaurants and antique shops.

Big in Motor Sports

These attractions are but some of the reasons why this county is such a wonderful place to live in or visit. The delights of motor sports too form part of the factors that has helped shape Volusia as an exciting destination for tourists as well as real estate property buyers. Car racing in the county flourished when the automotive industry’s pioneers, like Henry Ford and Louis Chevrolet, saw the hard-packed sand in Volusia’s beaches as perfect testing grounds in the early days of car racing.

It is for this reason that Ormond Beach has earned its reputation as the “Birthplace of Speed.”

Volusia’s auto racing tradition still flourishes at the Daytona International Speedway, home to one of the top racing facilities worldwide and the host to the Daytona 500, a world-famous event eclipsing the Super Bowl.

The economic profile of Volusia reflects the county’s strong linkage with motor sports. It hosts the firm International Speedway Corp. and its flagship business NASCAR, which are listed among the 350 biggest companies in Florida. Other large companies with billion-dollar revenues operating in Volusia include the insurance firm Brown & Brown and the publicly traded real estate company Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co.  

Diverse Industries

Volusia has also drawn the defense unit of Sparton, the world’s largest producer of sonobuoys. Daytona Beach is the specific choice for Teledyne Oil and Gas, a world leader in subsea fiber optic and electrical interconnect systems. Ormond Beach, for its part, is the manufacturing site of Hawaiian Tropic sun care products. At DeLand, global healthcare products manufacturer Medtronic and the Florida contact center of Frontier Communications have set up shop along with some of the world’s top parachute makers.    

Renowned private universities have a strong presence too in Volusia to round out the qualities that make it a desirable place to live in. These learning institutions include the historic Black school Bethune-Cookman University and the aviation and aeronautics school Embry-Riddle, both in Daytona Beach. High-ranking Stetson University too has a campus in DeLand, making this city truly a wise choice to settle in.


December 2004 – A growing sinkhole swallowed a four-lane road and forced the evacuation of 20 Central Florida homes,

January 2005 – County workers started shoring up a 120-feet-wide, 40-feet-deep sinkhole that opened near Orange City, swallowing one home whole and part of another.

August 2008 – Volusia County evacuated about 20 homes in DeBary after a sinkhole opened in a neighborhood.

January 2013 – A sinkhole opened just before noon in a gravel parking lot in the DeLand area, uprooting a large tree and damaging some power lines. The sinkhole was inside a fenced-in pasture and was more than 50 feet long and 20 feet across.

August 2014 – A small sinkhole opened under the music building at Deltona High

March 2015 – A possible sinkhole has opened in Orange City Mobile Home Park. The hole was 5 feet wide and 4 feet deep.

August 2017 –  A home in the unincorporated area of Volusia County near Deltona that was the site of a potential sinkhole has been deemed uninhabitable due to foundation failure.

April 2018 – A sinkhole at Gemini Springs Park DeBary is growing, county leaders think heavy rains from Hurricane Irma created a depression in the grassy area. The hole was several feet long and wide and is 10 feet deep.

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