Daytona is known internationally as the world’s most popular beach and as the worldwide center of NASCAR and the Daytona 500. Daytona however is much more than that. It is a diverse and growing community, with 6 colleges and universities and lots of business, education, health and cultural opportunities. Key transportation links are helping drive current and future growth. Daytona is at the intersection of I-95 and the I-4 corridor which affords rapid access to Orlando and Tampa Bay southwest across Florida, and has its own international airport connecting to the world through Orlando International Airport.
Centrally located about an hour’s drive from Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Gainesville, Ocala, Melbourne, and Orlando, Daytona also offers its residents close proximity to professional sports such as the NFL and NBA. In addition there are also world class attractions and outdoor recreational opportunities of all types.
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Daytona is surrounded by water with over 47 miles of Beaches to the east and the St Johns river to the west. The beaches are really wide, and stretch from Ponce de Leon inlet and picturesque lighthouse at funky Port Orange in the south (with New Smyrna Beach and eventually the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral beyond), to the residential towns of Ormond Beach and Flagler Beach in the north.
To Dayton’s west you will find a unique part of old central Florida: the land of springs, lakes, rivers, and forests. Posted along Route 40 are signs to remind you that this is black bear country too. In the 19th century the old steamboat lines were strung along the St. Johns river basin and streams with intriguing names like Oklawaha, and some of the old river towns are still there. In fact, some of the most interesting old backroads of a still-existing Florida that most tourists and many residents don’t even know about begin right at Daytona’s back door.
And finally, Daytona is a thoroughly affordable area to relocate to, invest in, or vacation at. Check out the REal Estate section under agents and be sure to see the cost of living index for the area.
- Located in the east coast portion of Central Florida, 251 miles north of Miami, 54 miles northeast of Orlando and 89 miles southeast of Jacksonville.
- 2025 square miles
- Average summer Temperature 81°F
- Average winter temperature is 61
- Average Annual Precipitation 48 in
- Average Rain Days 115
- Population projection 2005 -450,000 Volusia County
- Daytona beach population-65,000
- Average home cost-June 2005-$208,000
- Cost of Living-almost 95.53-40th in the state
- Median age-43 for Volusia county
Major Employment By Industry in order of numbers
- Health care and Social Services
- Accommodation and food services
- Educational services
- Public administration
In conclusion, if you like beautiful sunrises, lots of sun and like the outdoors Daytona could be just the ticket. In addition having Orlando only an hour away will really come in handy when everyone comes to visit. See google map at the upper right.