More than 500,000 people call Volusia County home. Situated on the east coast of Central Florida, our 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches are a world-class playground, with beachfront cities including Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach. The scenic St. Johns River, famed for its bass fishing, links magnificent parks with wildlife preserves along the County's western border.
True Southern charm can be found in DeLand, the County seat. This unique city features an award-winning downtown filled with antique shops and quaint restaurants, surrounded by stately historic homes and buildings. Volusia-based companies include Hawaiian Tropic sun care products and Boston Whaler boats.
Our institutions of higher learning -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach Community College and the University of Central Florida -- have a national reputation for excellence.
Volusia County is about an hour's drive north of Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. It's also within a few hours drive of other major Florida communities, such as Tampa (139 miles), Miami (253 miles), or Jacksonville (89 miles). Volusia County consists of 1,207 square miles. Elevation begins at sea level and rises to a high elevation of 110 feet.