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Ponce Inlet, Florida
Town of Ponce Inlet
Ponce Inlet town hall
Ponce Inlet town hall
Official seal of Ponce Inlet, Florida
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Ponce Inlet, Florida is located in the United States
Ponce Inlet, Florida
Ponce Inlet, Florida
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Volusia
Incorporated 1963
 • Total 14.75 sq mi (38.21 km2)
 • Land 4.49 sq mi (11.62 km2)
 • Water 10.27 sq mi (26.59 km2)
13 ft (4 m)
 • Total 3,364
 • Density 750.06/sq mi (289.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 386
FIPS code 12-58200
GNIS feature ID 0289178

Ponce Inlet is a town in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The population was 3,032 at the 2010 census.

The town of Ponce Inlet is located on the southern tip of a barrier island, south of Daytona Beach and Daytona Beach Shores.

Several marinas are located in Ponce Inlet. The community is known for its strict land use regulations.


Completed in 1887, replacing the former lighthouse (built in 1835, it had collapsed into the inlet the following year), the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was built when the area was known as Mosquito Inlet. After decades of restoration by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, it stands today as one of the best preserved light stations in the nation.

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Ponce de León Inlet lighthouse in 2011.

Visited by over 80,000 people each year, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. The lighthouse tower and museum are located 12 miles (19 km) south of Daytona Beach and are open to the public year-round. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest lighthouse in the nation. Visitors who climb the 175-foot-tall (53 m) lighthouse tower are treated to a view of the Florida coastline and Halifax River from Daytona Beach to New Smyrna Beach.

The lighthouse keepers' dwellings and other historic light station buildings are now home to the lighthouse museum, with exhibits on lighthouse life, lighthouse and Fresnel lens restoration, the keepers and their families, Daytona Beach and Florida history, and shipwrecks. The Ayres Davies Lens Exhibit Building houses one of the finest collections of restored Fresnel lenses in the world, including the rotating first order Fresnel lens from the Cape Canaveral lighthouse and the restored original Ponce Inlet lighthouse first-order Fresnel lens.


Aerial view of Ponce Inlet, Florida, 2007-12-12
Aerial view

Ponce Inlet lies on a peninsula at 29°5′41″N 80°56′33″W / 29.09472°N 80.94250°W / 29.09472; -80.94250 (29.094744, -80.942599), adjacent to the Ponce de León Inlet, and between the Halifax River and Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.7 square miles (38 km2), of which 4.3 square miles (11 km2) is land and 10.3 square miles (27 km2) (70.48%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 328
1980 1,003 205.8%
1990 1,704 69.9%
2000 2,513 47.5%
2010 3,032 20.7%
2020 3,364 10.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,032 people, 1,206 households, and 883 families residing in the town. Census population estimate for 2006 was 3192. The population density was 580.1 inhabitants per square mile (224.1/km2). There were 2,043 housing units at an average density of 471.6 per square mile (182.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.73% White, 0.60% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 1,206 households, out of which 11.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.38.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 10.1% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 15.6% from 25 to 44, 38.2% from 45 to 64, and 32.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $52,112, and the median income for a family was $58,828. Males had a median income of $42,188 versus $31,989 for females. The per capita income for the town was $36,518. About 3.7% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

Brown pelicans at the harbor
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