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Port Orange
—  City  —

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Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Coordinates: 29°7′8″N 81°0′10″W / 29.11889°N 81.00278°W / 29.11889; -81.00278Coordinates: 29°7′8″N 81°0′10″W / 29.11889°N 81.00278°W / 29.11889; -81.00278
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Volusia
Incorporated 26 April 1867
Government
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Allen Green
 - City Manager Kenneth W. Parker
Area [1]
 - City 26.67 sq mi (69.1 km2)
 - Land 24.71 sq mi (64.0 km2)
 - Water 1.97 sq mi (5.1 km2)  7.4%
Elevation [2] 3 ft (0 m)
Population (1 July 2006)[3]
 - City 54,851
 Density 1,854.7/sq mi (716.1/km2)
 Metro 496,575
  2006 estimates
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 32123, 32127-32129
Area code(s) 386
FIPS code 12-58575[4]
GNIS feature ID 0295559[5]
Website http://www.port-orange.org

Port Orange is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population as 52,793. [3] The city is part of the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area; the metropolitan area's 2006 population was estimated at 496,575. Port Orange is also a principal city in the Fun Coast region of the state of Florida. [6]

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Geography

Port Orange is located at 29°7′8″N 81°0′10″W / 29.11889°N 81.00278°W / 29.11889; -81.00278 (29.118970, -81.002906)[7]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.7 mi² (69.1 km²). 24.7 mi² (64.0 km²) of it is land and 2.0 mi² (5.1 km²) of it (7.39%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 45,823 people, 19,574 households, and 13,232 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,854.7/mi² (716.0/km²). There were 21,102 housing units at an average density of 854.1/mi² (329.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.59% White, 1.58% African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population.

There were 19,574 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,783, and the median income for a family was $44,684. Males had a median income of $32,147 versus $22,391 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,628. About 5.0% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Port Orange is characterized by a stable and successful business climate that develops, nurtures and embraces quality businesses and industries.

Recent studies show the workforce to be educated, productive and competitive with 10 percent under-employed. Seven highly ranked colleges and universities and the acclaimed Advanced Technology Center support business needs with career advancement, workforce development and research.

Education, health care and government are the area’s largest employers. Mostly small and successful manufacturing enterprises play an increasing role in the global marketplace. A new hub of medical and health care suppliers/manufacturers complements Port Orange’s new Halifax Hospital and new Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Among the numerous corporate partners that call Port Orange home are:

Education

Public primary and secondary education is handled by Volusia County Schools. Port Orange schools are considered A-rated by the state and one of the high schools, Spruce Creek High School, has made the list of one of the top 100 high schools in the nation for several years in a row.

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Elementary Schools

  • Horizon Elementary School
  • Spruce Creek Elementary School
  • Sugar Mill Elementary School
  • Cypress Creek Elementary School
  • Sweetwater Elementary School
  • Port Orange Elementary School

Middle Schools

High Schools

Colleges and Universities

Port Orange is the home of the Florida campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic, which is one of the most influential schools in the field. The campus in Port Orange was founded in 2002.

Notable residents (past and present)

References

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Port Orange is a city in Volusia County, East Central Florida. Port Orange is considered to be part of the Greater Daytona Beach Area, and Port Orange only recently obtained its own mailing address, separate from Daytona Beach. Tourism marketing continues to tie these two cities together.

Understand

The area was first settled in 1804 by 20 families who came to raise indigo and sugar cane. The fertile soil was favorable for citrus and other crops which could be shipped to market on the Halifax River. Port Orange was incorporated in 1926.

Port Orange is made up of some 150 distinct "neighborhoods", each with it's own distinctive flavor. The City encompasses 26.4 square miles speckled with beautiful parks and is home to over 50,000 residents.

One of the largest annual events in Volusia is Port Orange Family Days held in October. This four-day festival which takes place at the City Center Complex focuses on celebration of family and quality of life in Port Orange and features a carnival, business and non-profit expo, children’s games, parade, food court and entertainment.

Map of Port Orange, relative to Volusia County and Florida, with locations of nearby Cities.
Map of Port Orange, relative to Volusia County and Florida, with locations of nearby Cities.

By plane

Port Orange has no local airport. If you need to fly here, you will need to find a commercial flight arriving to either Daytona Beach International Airport (the closest), Orlando International Airport, or Jacksonville International Airport.

By train

Amtrak offers the Amtrak Auto Train service with its southern Terminus located in Sanford (Florida), about 35 miles west of Port Orange. The Amtrak Auto Train carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia, effectively serving as a car-rail link from Florida to the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. You can easily drive your car into Port Orange after departing from the Auto Train.

Amtrak offers regular passenger service with the closest stop being near the city of DeLand. This stop is rather remote and is not recommended as an option.

By bus

Greyhound Bus Lines offers bus service to nearby Daytona Beach. Upon arrival at the Daytona Beach bus station, you will need to either transfer to a local Volusia County bus or take a taxicab to complete your trip to Port Orange.

By car

Port Orange is easily accessed by car, as Interstate 95 passes by just west of the city, and U.S. Highway 1 passes through the center of the city, named as "South Ridgewood Avenue."

Get around

By bus

Votran [1] is the name of the local Volusia County bus service, which also provides a public transit connection to nearby Daytona Beach. The buses offer service in Port Orange, M-Sa 7AM-7PM. Votran is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. Cost: $1.25 per trip, or $3 for a one-day bus pass (Valid for all routes).

By car

Getting around by car is very easy and convenient in Port Orange. The major roads are all wide and easy to drive on with all the major areas signposted, but traffic jams around major intersections are common in the afternoons, and around the tourist areas on Saturday nights.

  • Spruce Creek Park, 6250 Ridgewood Ave, +1 386-322-5133, [2]. Spruce Creek Park offers a 536-foot boardwalk with three miles of nature trails, leading to a 15-foot observation tower and continues to Rose Bay. The tower overlooks the marsh area near Spruce Creek.
  • Sugar Mill Gardens, 950 Old Sugar Mill, [3]. Open daily sunrise to sunset. Sugar Mill Gardens is a botanical garden developed and maintained by the Botanical Gardens of Volusia, Inc., a non-profit organization with no salaried employees. It features a 16th-century sugar mill. Free.
  • Port Orange Family Days
  • Sunset Quay Outfitters, 6296 South Ridgewood Ave, +1 386-236-1207. Offers upscale brand kayak/canoe rentals, instruction, guided eco-tours (various locations), kayak fishing.
  • Crane Lakes Golf and Country Club, 1790 Crane Lakes Blvd, +1 386-767-4653, [4].
  • Port Orange Public Golf Course, 6231 Palm Vista Street, +1 386-756-5349.
  • Discover Diving Guide & Services , 92 Dunlawton Causeway, +1 386-760-3483, [5]. Offers off-shore dive trips to wrecks and reefs. Also offers Lobster trips. Call to book your space. Only five passengers per trip.
  • Spruce Creek Scuba Guide & Services, 1646 Taylor Rd, +1 386-767-1727, [6]. Spruce Creek Scuba is a full service recreational/technical dive center. Offers training for open water diver, specialty diver, advanced open water diver and rescue diver. Also offers basic Nitrox, advanced Nitrox, staged decompression, extended range and Trimix.
  • Spruce Creek Tennis Club, 1900 Country Club Dr, +1 386-756-6118. Two hard courts and six clay courts, some with lights. Call for hours and fees.
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Commonwealth Shopping Center
  • Countryside Station Shopping Center
  • Dunlawton Square Shopping Center S.E. Corner of Dunlawton Ave. and Nova Rd.
  • Park Plaza Shopping Center N.E. Corner of Dunlawton Ave. and Nova Rd.
  • Ravenwood Square Shopping Center
  • Riverwood Shopping Center
  • Wal-Mart Super Center S.E. Corner of Dunlawton Ave. Clyde Morris Blvd.
  • Westport Square Shopping Center N.W. Corner of Taylor Rd. and Williamson Blvd.
  • Alfredo's Italian Restaurant, 4647 S Clyde Morris Blvd, +1 386-322-6090, [7]. Italian cuisine.
  • Aunt Catfish's on the River, 4009 Halifax Dr, +1 386-761-2744, [8]. Seafood.
  • Booth's Bowery, 3657 South Nova Rd, +1 386-756-3060, [9]. American cuisine.
  • Port Orange Steakhouse, 3851 South Nova Rd (K-Mart Plaza), +1 386-756-2660, [10]. Steaks, Seafood, American
  • 100% Italian, 1781 Dunlawton Ave, +1 386-322-9887, [11]. Italian cuisine.
  • First Turn Lounge, 5236 South Ridgewood Ave, +1 386 788-5434.
  • Last Resort Bar, 5812 South Ridgewood Ave, +1 386 761-5147. The home of cold beer and killer women.
  • Dusk to Dawn Motel, 4545 Ridgewood Ave, +1 386-761-8048.
  • Fairview Motel, 5964 Ridgewood Ave, +1 386-760-4056.
  • Town and Country Motel, 5384 Ridgewood Ave, +1 386-761-0881.
  • Seven digit dialing is in effect for local calls in Port Orange. The local area code is (386).
  • The Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 126 East Orange Avenue. Tel: (386) 255-0415 Fax: (386) 255-5478. The official sales and marketing organization for Daytona Beach and surrounding area, including Port Orange. [12].
  • Port Orange-South Daytona Chamber of Commerce, 3431 Ridgewood Ave, +1 386-761-1601 (fax: +1 386-788-9165), [13]. Clearinghouse of information about the local area.

Internet

It is common for many of the larger hotels and lodgings in the area to offer free internet access for their guests.

Public Libraries

Public libraries in the area offer free computer internet access to Volusia County residents. There is a small charge for non-residents.

  • Port Orange Public Library, 1005 City Center Circle, +1 386 322-5152. [14].

Stay safe

Florida has a high occurrence of hurricanes. You might want to check the Hurricane safety page if you are visiting Florida. Beware of lightning in the central part of the state. Also, there is a high occurrence of tornadoes in Florida, so check the Tornado safety page.

Port Orange has varying crime intensity by neighborhood. Tourist areas rarely have violent crimes, but theft is an occasional occurrence. The 911 number for fire and police emergencies is in effect in Port Orange.

  • Daytona Beach - Port Orange's famous neighbor to the North offers NASCAR racing and other special events.
  • Daytona Beach Shores - A quiet, small city located just Northeast of Port Orange along the beach peninsula.
  • New Smyrna Beach - Just to the South of Port Orange lies New Smyrna Beach. The city lays claim to the best Florida offers - excellent backwater and offshore fishing, golf, historical sites, cultural events and eclectic shopping and dining experiences along historical Flagler Avenue and Canal Street.
  • Ponce Inlet - A scenic fishing village located the southern tip of the beach peninsula. Here you will find the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Marine Science Center, local charter fishing boats, along with several of the area's best seafood restaurants.
Routes through Port Orange
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JacksonvilleDaytona Beach  N noframe S  New Smyrna BeachWest Palm Beach
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