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Overview

Introduction to Daytona Beach, Florida

The city of Daytona Beach is located on the eastern coast of central Florida, about 55 miles northeast of Orlando, 90 miles south of Jacksonville and 90 miles north of Melbourne. Famous for its beaches and vacationers (especially college students on spring break), the city is also home to the Daytona International Speedway, site of the Daytona 500, the opening race of the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Nextel Cup season. Local institutes of higher education include Daytona Beach Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Bethune-Cookman College and Keiser College (Daytona Beach Campus).

Incorporated in 1876, the city was named for its founder, Matthias Day, a wealthy northern entrepreneur who moved to the area and built its first hotel (the Palmetto House) in 1874. Other moguls soon followed, taking advantage of the area's popularity as a vacation spot. By the turn of the century, automobile and motorcycle racing along the smooth hard-packed beaches became very popular. Ormond Beach acquired the nickname the "birthplace of speed" owing to the number of land speed records set there. In 1936, the first stock car race was held on the Daytona Beach Road Course and 11 years later, NASCAR was founded in the city. Motor sporting took a giant leap forward in 1959 with the opening of the Daytona International Speedway, which replaced the beach course. Automobiles are still allowed on the beach, only now at much slower speeds. Today, a combination of beach goers, motor sport enthusiasts and other vacationers regularly descends on the Daytona Beach area, which accommodates approximately 8 million visitors each year.

Things to do in Daytona Beach

The Daytona Beach calendar is full of year-round events which draw visitors. The city has a long reputation as the nation's #1 Spring Break destination. The Black College Reunion (BCR) is also held in Daytona Beach every spring. The Bike Week and Biketoberfest motorcycle events draw bikers from all over the world numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Other Daytona Beach annual motor events include the Daytona 500 NASCAR race, the Rolex 24 sports car race, the Daytona 200 motorcycle race and the Pepsi 400 NASCAR race.

There is more to Daytona Beach than motor sports. Performing arts take center stage at the Daytona Beach Bandshell, an outdoor oceanfront concert series featuring jazz, Dixieland, folk, big band and rhythm and blues music held every year from April to October. The Daytona Playhouse has been around for over 40 years, offering a variety of stage productions annually from September through June. The Seaside Music Theater offers performances in winter and summer. Some of the city's prominent sites for visual arts include:

  • Museum of Arts & Sciences.
  • Halifax Historical Museum.
  • Southeast Museum of Photography.
  • African American and Caribbean American Museum of Art.
  • Harvey W. Lee Jr. Memorial Gallery.
  • Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens.
  • Southeast Museum of Photography.

Central Florida is replete with world-class attractions located within reasonable driving distance of Daytona Beach. Following is a partial list:

  • Kennedy Space Center (Merritt Island, near Cape Canaveral).
  • Universal Studios (Orlando).
  • Sea World Florida (Orlando).
  • Walt Disney World (Orlando).

For sports fans, the city is home to the Daytona Cubs, the single-A Minor League Baseball farm team of the Chicago Cubs. Also, the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) is headquartered here. And not surprisingly, NASCAR is headquartered here too. Sports fans can also catch the following major league action within a two hour drive or less:

  • NBA Basketball: Orlando Magic.
  • NFL Football: Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Arena Football: Orlando Predators.
  • Minor League Baseball: Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee Brewer AAA-affiliate playing in Viera, just outside of Melbourne).
  • Jacksonville Suns (LA Dodgers AA-affiliate).

During the month of March, the following Major League baseball teams play their Spring Training games nearby:

  • Atlanta Braves (Walt Disney World in Orlando).
  • Houston Astros (Kissimmee, located 22 miles south of Orlando).
  • Washington Nationals (Viera).

People

Total Population 62,726
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 19.5%
Employed Population 16+ 24,066
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 30.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.6%
Median Earnings25+ $25,078
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,043
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,574

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,100
% Above Poverty Level 68.3%
% Below Poverty Level 31.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 43.4%
Median Gross Rent $761
Median House Value $112,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.7%
Irish 8.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Daytona Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 86 miles SE of Jacksonville, Florida
County Volusia
Metro Area Daytona Beach
Standard Zip Codes 32114, 32117, 32118, 32119, 32124, 32127, 32128, 32129
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32115, 32116, 32120, 32121, 32122, 32123, 32125, 32126
Company Zip Codes 32198
Phone Area Codes 386
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.21
Longitude -81.023

Daytona Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DAYTONA BEACH INTL AP
Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 70 F
Apr Temp 58 to 80 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 65 to 83 F
Annual Precip 49.2 inches
Station DELAND 1 SSE
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 70 F
Apr Temp 56 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 62 to 83 F
Annual Precip 57 inches
Station CRESCENT CITY
Distance 32.6 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 68 F
Apr Temp 59 to 81 F
Jul Temp 74 to 92 F
Oct Temp 65 to 83 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Daytona Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Allandale (32123)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Daytona Beach Shores 4,294 $56,343
Holly Hill 11,726 $31,786
Ormond Beach 39,938 $60,757
Ponce Inlet 3,086 $83,107
Port Orange 57,858 $55,154
South Daytona 12,343 $42,019

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Daytona Beach Public Libraries

Library
Volusia County Public Library
1290 INDIAN LAKE RD.
Daytona Beach, Florida
(386) 248-1745

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Daytona Beach Hospitals

HALIFAX MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
303 N CLYDE MORRIS BOULEVARD
(386) 254-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Daytona Beach High Schools

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MAINLAND HIGH SCHOOL
125 S CLYDE MORRIS BOULEV
386-226-0300
Serves 2,134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

SEABREEZE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2700 N OLEANDER AVENUE
386-676-1400
Serves 1,849 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
1770 TECHNOLOGY BOULEVARD
386-226-4100
A Charter School.
Serves 264 students.

RIVERVIEW LEARNING CENTER
801 N WILD OLIVE AVENUE
386-239-6210
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

VOLUSIA DETENTION CENTER
3840 OLD DELAND ROAD
386-238-4788
Serves 97 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS
200 MAGNOLIA AVENUE
386-323-0078
Serves 66 students.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
1770 TECHNOLOGY BOULEVARD
386-226-4100
Serves 56 students.

STEWART MARCHMAN CENTER/PINES
3875 TIGER BAY ROAD
386-947-5990
Serves 50 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

STOREFRONT
1850 S CLYDE MORRIS BOULE
386-226-0262
A Non-traditional School
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

STEWART MARCHMAN CENTER/OAKS
3875 TIGER BAY ROAD
386-947-5990
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

HALIFAX BEHAVIORAL CENTER
841 JIMMY ANN DRIVE
386-274-5333
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

THREE SPRINGS OF DAYTONA
1386 INDIAN LAKE ROAD
386-945-5904
Serves 34 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

STEWART TREATMENT CENTER
3875 TIGER BAY ROAD
386-947-5990
A Non-traditional School
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

TRANSITIONS DAY TREATMENT
3875 TIGER BAY ROAD
386-947-5990
Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

HALIFAX CONVALENSCENCE (INACTIVE 09/01)
820 N. CLYDE MORRIS BLVD.
904-274-4575
Serves 9 students.

DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS EDUCATION PROG.
3875 TIGER BAY ROAD
386-254-1555
A Non-traditional School
Serves 6 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6

VOLUSIA HOUSE
1047 MADISON AVENUE
386-238-4795
Serves 3 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.5

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Historic Daytona Beach

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Ridgewood Hotel and Avenue between 1910 and 1920

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Ridgewood Hotel and Avenue between 1910 and 1920

Residence on North Beach St. c1903.

Residences on Ridgewood Avenue 1904 (est.)

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