DeBary, Florida

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DeBary, Florida
City of DeBary
Official seal of DeBary, Florida
The River City
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°52′53″N 81°19′27″W / 28.88139°N 81.32417°W / 28.88139; -81.32417Coordinates: 28°52′53″N 81°19′27″W / 28.88139°N 81.32417°W / 28.88139; -81.32417[1]
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedDecember 31, 1993
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorKaren Chasez
 • Interim city managerRonald McLemore
 • City21.79 sq mi (56.43 km2)
 • Land18.95 sq mi (49.08 km2)
 • Water2.84 sq mi (7.34 km2)
Elevation56 ft (17 m)
 • City22,260
 • Density1,174.61/sq mi (453.51/km2)
 • Urban
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
32713, 32753
Area code(s)386
FIPS code12-16675[4]
GNIS feature ID0281364[3]
St. Johns River in c. 1915
S.S. Frederick DeBary in 1910
Historic DeBary Hall

DeBary is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States, on the northern shore of the St. Johns River near Lake Monroe. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 20,696. It is part of the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach, FL metropolitan statistical area, which was home to 553,284 people in 2019.


The Timucuan Indians once lived in the vicinity of Lake Monroe, where the domain of Chief Utina extended to just north of Lake George. They hunted, fished, and gathered plants and berries from the forest. By 1760, however, the Timucua had disappeared and been replaced by the Seminole tribe from Alabama and Georgia. Florida was acquired from Spain in 1821, but the Seminole Wars delayed settlement. In 1866, Elijah Watson of Enterprise sold land to Oliver and Amanda Arnett on the northern shore of the St. Johns River at Lake Monroe, where they built a house.

The couple in turn sold 400 acres (1.6 km2) in 1871 to (Samuel) Frederick deBary, a wealthy wine merchant from New York City, and that same year, he erected a hunting lodge. Called "DeBary Hall", the 8,000-sq-ft (700-m²), 20-room Italianate mansion featured a two-tiered veranda, stables, an ice house, and the state's first swimming pool, fed by a spring. Visitors included Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland. Over time, he acquired an additional 9,000 acres (36 km2), planting orange groves and pecan trees. Some debate remains as to whether this was actually the first pool in Florida, as a St. Augustine pool has also made the same claim. One possibility is that this was the first spring-fed pool in the state, In 1875, deBary bought a small steamboat, the George M. Bird, to transport his horses and dogs along the St. Johns River for hunting expeditions, and also to take fruit to market. He established the DeBary Merchants' Line in 1876, a steamship service contracted to carry mail between Jacksonville and Enterprise. It acquired the sidewheeler Frederick DeBary. In 1883, the firm merged with the Baya Line, owned by Colonel H.T. Baya, to create the DeBary-Baya Merchants' Line, with 13 steamboats and a crew of 3,000 running to Sanford. The DeBary-Baya Merchants' Line sold its business in 1889 to the Clyde Line, which survived until 1928.

Frederick deBary died in 1898, and his mansion is today a restored museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The estate, reduced to 10 acres (40,000 m2), now features the community's oldest building, the Arnett House. Incorporated in 1993, the City of DeBary is named for its noted settler.


DeBary is located at 28°53′03″N 81°18′40″W / 28.884224°N 81.310995°W / 28.884224; -81.310995.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.4 square miles (55 km2), of which 18.2 square miles (47 km2) are land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (15.02%) are covered by water.


Historical population
Census Pop.

As of the census[4] of 2000, 15,559 people, 6,538 households, and 4,720 families resided in the city. The population density was 853.8 inhabitants per square mile (329.7/km2). The 7,001 housing units averaged 384.2 per square mile (148.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.94% White, 1.90% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.87% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.15% of the population.

Of the 6,538 households, 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were not families. About 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the city, the population was distributed as 20.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,364, and for a family was $50,022. Males had a median income of $36,813 versus $25,920 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,283. About 5.2% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Public transportation[edit]


DeBary is served by VOTRAN's #23,#31, #32, and #33 routes.[7]


SunRail commuter train at DeBary Station

DeBary is served by SunRail, the Central Florida commuter rail system.

Parks and recreation[edit]

DeBary boasts several large parks and open land, each serving several outdoor activities.

City parks

  • Alexandra Park
  • Bill Keller Park
  • Community Park
  • Eagle's Nest Park
  • Gateway Park
  • Memorial Park
  • Power Park
  • River City Nature Park
  • Rob Sullivan Park

Volusia County parks


Public primary and secondary education is handled by Volusia County Schools. The one elementary school in DeBary is DeBary Elementary. Students attend middle and high schools in the nearby cities of Deltona and Orange City.


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  6. ^ Census numbers enumerated before 2000 were for DeBary CDP
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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