Deltona, Florida

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Deltona, Florida
City of Deltona
Flag of Deltona, Florida
Official seal of Deltona, Florida
Nickname(s): Florida's Bright Spot
Motto: "I'm Proud to Be a Part of It!"
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°54′18″N 81°12′40″W / 28.90500°N 81.21111°W / 28.90500; -81.21111[1]
Country United States
State Florida
County Volusia
Established 1962
Incorporated December 31, 1995
 • Type Commission–Manager
 • Mayor John C. Masiarczyk, Sr.
 • Vice Mayor Nancy Schleicher
 • City Manager Dale Baker (Acting)[2]
 • Total 41.1 sq mi (106.4 km2)
 • Land 37.5 sq mi (97.2 km2)
 • Water 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)  8.5%
 • Urban 100.21 sq mi (259.5 km2)
Elevation[3] 33 ft (10 m)
Population (2010)[1][4][5]
 • Total 85,182
 • Estimate (2013) 86,290
 • Density 2,269.6/sq mi (876.3/km2)
 • Urban 182,169
 • Metro 590,289
Demonym Deltonian
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code(s) 32725, 32738
Area code(s) 386, 407
FIPS code 12-17200[4]
GNIS feature ID 0281490[3]

Deltona is the most populous city in Volusia County, Florida, with a population of 85,182 as of the 2010 United States Census. It is located approximately halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach, lying on the northern shore of Lake Monroe along the St. Johns River. The city is a part of the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 590,289 people in 2010.

The city was founded in 1962 as a planned residential community, and was originally named Deltona Lakes.[6] It was master-planned and developed by the General Development Corporation and the Mackle Brothers. The rapid development of housing units since its opening in 1962 led to a major population boom, eventually surpassing Daytona Beach as the largest municipality in Volusia County by 2000. This rapid development has resulted into an almost entirely residential cityscape. As a result, the city primarily serves as a commuter town for the nearby cities of Orlando and Daytona Beach, as well as its surrounding communities.


The first inhabitants of southwest Volusia County were nomadic Timucuans, who found fish and fresh water plentiful in the area.[7] After Florida became a state in 1845, steamboats began to make regular trips up the St. Johns River to Lake Monroe.[7] A man named George Sauls, along with his wife Adeline and six children, were the first settlers in the area currently known as Deltona in 1859.[8] The area, called Saulsville at the time, was about three miles (5 km) north of Osteen.[8] Sauls' homestead, which caught on fire in 1970, was on what is now George Sauls Street in Deltona, which was also a historical site until the year 2000.[8]

Deltona was founded in 1962 as the "Deltona Lakes" subdivision, which was developed by the Miami-based Mackle Company as a retirement community. The subdivision, directly north of Enterprise, also included out-parcels for drainage retention, apartments, churches, parks, commercial centers, an industrial area, a community center, and a golf course.[9][10] The name chosen for the community is a portmanteau of the Volusia County cities of DeLand and Daytona Beach. According to the 1970 U.S. Census, the Deltona CDP had an estimated population of 4,868, and a median age of 62; however, prior to the development of Walt Disney World, and the growth of the regional population, the subdivision was marketed to broader interests.

In 1974, the Deltona Lakes subdivision was approved as a planned unit development by the Volusia County Council. A housing boom occurred in the 1980s, and by 1990, the average age of the Deltona CDP was 35, and had a population of 51,000.[11] The residents of the Deltona Lakes CDP voted in September 1995 to incorporate it as the city of Deltona, after two previous failed attempts to do so in 1987 and 1990.[12] A city charter was adopted on September 9, 1995, and a seven-member commission was elected, officially becoming incorporated as a city on December 31, 1995.

Geography and climate[edit]

Deltona is located at 28°54′18″N 81°12′40″W / 28.905121°N 81.210978°W / 28.905121; -81.210978.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.1 square miles (106.4 km2), 37.5 square miles (97.1 km2) of which is land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) of which is water. Of the total water area, there are over 100 lakes within the city limits.[13]

The majority of the land in the city is of karst topography. The St. Johns River runs along west of DeBary, and continues onto Lake Monroe, which is directly south of Deltona. The United States Geological Survey lists the city's elevation at 33 feet (10 m) above sea level at a point near Deltona's geographic center.[14] Elevations range from 20 feet (6.1 m) to 112 feet (34 m) above sea level.

Deltona's climate is classified as a humid subtropical climate in the Cfa Köppen climate classification, meaning it typically has hot, humid summers and mild winters. The area benefits from a three-season climate (spring, summer, and fall) with an average annual rainfall of 53 inches (1,300 mm). The record high temperature is 103 °F (39 °C) recorded in July 1998, with a record low of 19 °F (−7 °C) recorded in January 1985.[15]

Climate data for Deltona, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 89
Average high °F (°C) 70
Average low °F (°C) 47
Record low °F (°C) 19
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.88
Source: The Weather Channel[15]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 4,868
1980 15,710 222.7%
1990 50,828 223.5%
2000 69,543 36.8%
2010 85,182 22.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
Deltona Demographics
2010 U.S. Census Deltona Volusia County Florida
Total population 85,182 494,593 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +22.5% +11.6% +17.6%
Population density 2,269.6/sq mi 449.2/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 76.7% 82.5% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 56.9% 75.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 10.9% 10.5% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 30.2% 11.2% 22.5%
Asian 1.3% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.6% 2.1% 2.5%
Some Other Race 6.9% 3.0% 3.6%

As of the 2010 U.S. Census,[4] there were 85,182 people residing within the city. As of 2010, there were 34,089 households out of which 11.3% were vacant. In 2000, 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $50,058. Males had a median income of $34,478 versus $27,230 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,019. About 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line.

The 2010 U.S. Census data indicated that 30.2% of the city's population were Hispanic or Latino.[16] The majority of Hispanic residents in Deltona were Puerto Rican, and made up 20.7% of the population. 1.8% of the population were Cuban, 1.6% of the population were Mexican, 1.5% of the population were Dominican, and 4.6% of the population were of other Hispanic or Latino origin, as of 2010.[4]

As of 2000, English spoken as a first language accounted for 81.39% of all residents, while 18.60% spoke other languages as their mother tongue. The most significant were Spanish speakers who made up 15.85% of the population, while Italian came up as the third most spoken language, which made up 0.71%, and French was at fourth, with 0.58% of the population.[17]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Deltona operates under a commission–manager form of government, consisting of seven elected officials, and an appointed city manager. Residents elect, through non-partisan elections, a mayor who represents the city at-large and six commission members who each represent a specific district of the community. Elected officials serve four-year terms, with a limit of two successive four-year terms. The mayor serves as the presiding officer at official meetings and as the ceremonial head of the city. A vice mayor is elected annually by the city commission from among the commission members. The current mayor is John C. Masiarczyk, Sr., who was elected into office in November 2010.

City- and county-wide public bus transportation is provided by Votran, governed by Volusia County. SunRail provides commuter rail service to the Orlando area in the neighboring city of DeBary via Votran feeder bus service to the DeBary station, and a 275-space park and ride.[18] The closest major passenger airport to Deltona is Orlando International Airport, located approximately 33 miles (53 km) south. Additional commercial airline service is provided at Orlando Sanford International Airport, approximately 9 miles (14 km) south, and Daytona Beach International Airport, approximately 22 miles (35 km) northeast. Deltona's only limited-access highway is Interstate 4, and traverses through the city's western boundary. Other major highways include Florida State Road 472, which terminates near the city limit in northwestern Deltona at Howland Boulevard, and Florida State Road 415, which traverses through the city's southeastern boundary.

The city's water supply and wastewater management is overseen by Deltona Water,[19] a division of the City of Deltona's Public Works Department, with some areas managed by the Volusia County Water Resources and Utilities division.[20] Its main water supply comes from the Floridan aquifer system, one of the most productive aquifers in the world.[21] Commercial solid waste (trash and garbage collection), recycling and yard waste services are offered through Waste Pro. Natural gas is provided by Florida Public Utilities. Electric power service is provided by Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy (a subsidiary of Duke Energy). Wired telephone service is provided by AT&T Corporation and CenturyLink. Cable television is provided by Bright House Networks.


As of 2013, 60.0% of the population aged 16 years and over was in the labor force, with 52.7% employed and 7.2% unemployed. 32.4% of the population worked in sales and office occupations; 24.8% worked in management, business, science and arts occupations; 20.7% in service occupations; 11.5% in producation, transportation, and material moving occupations; and 10.6% in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.[4] The industries for which the city's inhabitants worked were 20.0% educational, health, and social services; 15.4% retail trade; 10.7% professional, scientific, management, administrative and waste management services; 9.5% arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services; 7.7% manufacturing; 7.6% finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing; 7.2% construction; 6.3% public administration; 5.1% transportation, warehousing and utilities; 4.5% other services (except public administration); 3.5% information; 2.2% wholesale trade; and 0.4% agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining.[4] 82.7% of workers worked in the private sector, 12.7% in government, and 4.6% self-employed in unincorporated businesses. 85.9% of the population commute to work by driving alone in own car, with 8.1% consisting of carpoolers, 3.3% worked from home, 0.5% walked to work, 0.4% used public transportation (excluding taxicab), and 1.7% used other means to travel to work. The average commute time for workers is 32 minutes.[4]

Fitch, Moody's, and Standard & Poor's rated Deltona bonds as "AA-" between 2013 and 2014.[22][23][24] Fitch attributed Deltona's small commercial sector to the city being a "largely residential and mostly built-out community", but did acknowledge the city's improving unemployment rate, dropping from a peak of 12% in 2010 to 6.4% in June 2014.[22] As of 2014, the largest employers in the city include Daytona State College, followed by Publix Supermarkets, and Walmart.[22]


According to the 2010 American Community Survey, 14.2% of all adults over the age of 25 in Deltona have obtained a bachelor's degree, which was below the national average of 27.2% of adults over 25, and 84.7% of Deltona residents over the age of 25 have earned a high school diploma, as compared to the national average of 85.0%.[25] Deltona had approximately 15,372 students in 2010.[26] Three private schools are located in the city, offering both primary and secondary education. Daytona State College and Bethune-Cookman University have satellite campuses located in Deltona, offering higher education.

Public primary and secondary education is handled by Volusia County Schools (VCS). VCS operates 2 high schools, 3 middle schools and 7 elementary schools within city limits.[27] One elementary school is located in unincorporated Deltona, and four public schools in neighboring communities serve outer portions of the city. In 2011, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results for Deltona's public schools were mixed; seven elementary schools and all three middle schools received "A" or "B" grades, and Deltona High School received a grade of "B."[28]


Deltona is a part of the OrlandoDaytona BeachMelbourne media market, which is the 33rd largest radio market[29] and the eighteenth largest television market[30] in the United States. Its primary daily newspapers are the Orlando Sentinel, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, and the West Volusia Beacon. The city is also served by El Sentinel, the Spanish-language counterpart of the Orlando Sentinel.


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