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Fellsmere, Florida
Location in Indian River County and the state of Florida
Location in Indian River County and the state of Florida
Fellsmere, Florida is located in the United States
Fellsmere, Florida
Fellsmere, Florida
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Indian River
Incorporated (town) 1905
Incorporated (city) 1911
 • Total 57.79 sq mi (149.67 km2)
 • Land 57.58 sq mi (149.13 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Total 4,834
 • Density 83.95/sq mi (32.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 772
FIPS code 12-22100
GNIS feature ID 0282414

Fellsmere is a city in Indian River County, Florida, United States. It is home of the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival and the now closed National Elephant Center. Fellsmere is the first place in Florida where women were allowed to vote. In a municipal election on June 19, 1915, resident Zena M. Dreier became the first woman to legally cast a ballot in the American South, five years before the 19th Amendment established women's suffrage nationally.

The population was 5,197 at the 2010 census, up from 3,813 at the 2000 census. As of 2018, the estimated population was 5,754. Fellsmere is part of the SebastianVero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Fellsmere is located at 27°46′00″N 80°35′55″W / 27.766771°N 80.598642°W / 27.766771; -80.598642.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.0 km² (5.4 mi²), of which 13.7 km² (5.3 mi²) is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) (1.85%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 333
1930 356 6.9%
1940 643 80.6%
1950 649 0.9%
1960 732 12.8%
1970 813 11.1%
1980 1,161 42.8%
1990 2,179 87.7%
2000 3,813 75.0%
2010 5,197 36.3%
2020 4,834 −7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
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Fellsmere Library

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,813 people, 865 households, and 718 families residing in the city. The population density was 277.8/km2 (719.1/mi2). There were 918 housing units at an average density of 66.9/km2 (173.1/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.11% White, 6.69% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 30.68% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 70.0% of the population.

There were 865 households, out of which 52.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.6% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.9% were non-families. 12.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.94 and the average family size was 4.18.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 33.3% under the age of 18, 15.4% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 13.0% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 139.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 149.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,395, and the median income for a family was $31,318. Males had a median income of $19,195 versus $15,521 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,258. About 21.7% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.

Public transportation

Fellsmere is served by the #10 bus route of GoBus Lines, providing service to the North County Transit Hub.

Local economy

The large Hispanic population of Fellsmere owes to the surrounding agriculture industry, namely citrus groves and other crop types. In town, many locally owned niche businesses thrive. These include restaurants, ethnic food, architectural salvage, gifts, guitar and motorized vehicle repair establishments.

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