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Port Orange, Florida
Port Orange City Hall
Port Orange City Hall
Flag of Port Orange, Florida
Flag
Official seal of Port Orange, Florida
Seal
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Volusia
Incorporated 26 April 1867
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • City 28.86 sq mi (74.74 km2)
 • Land 26.83 sq mi (69.49 km2)
 • Water 2.03 sq mi (5.25 km2)  7.1%
Elevation
3 ft (0.9 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 62,596
 • Density 2,332.97/sq mi (900.76/km2)
 • Metro
494,593
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
32123, 32127-32128-32129
Area code(s) 386
FIPS code 12-58575
GNIS feature ID 0295559
Website http://www.port-orange.org

Port Orange is a city in Volusia County, Florida. The city's population was estimated at 64,842 in 2019 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The city is part of the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach metropolitan area; the metropolitan area's population in 2010 was 590,289. Port Orange is a principal city in the Fun Coast region of the state of Florida.

Port Orange was settled by John Milton Hawks, who brought freed blacks to work at his sawmill after the U.S. Civil War. Esther Hawks established an integrated school in the area. The colony struggled soon after its creation and most colonists left. The area that became known as Freemanville is a legacy of the settlers who stayed in the area.

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). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.7 square miles (74.3 km2), of which 26.6 square miles (69.0 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2) (7.09%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 380
1930 678 78.4%
1940 662 −2.4%
1950 1,201 81.4%
1960 1,801 50.0%
1970 3,781 109.9%
1980 18,756 396.1%
1990 35,317 88.3%
2000 45,823 29.7%
2010 56,048 22.3%
2020 62,596 11.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 56,048 people, 24,841 households, and 1,544 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,102.3 per square mile. There were 27,972 housing units at an average density of 1,049.2 per square mile (329.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.3% white, 3.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,572.

Public transportation

Port Orange is served by several bus routes operated by VOTRAN. The #4 & #17 offer Sunday and night service.

Economy

One of the larger businesses in Port Orange is Thompson Pump and Manufacturing. The city has started courting high-tech companies as well, prompting the simulation training defense contractor, Raydon Corporation, to move its headquarters and all operations there in 2010.

Education

Public primary and secondary education is handled by Volusia County Schools. Port Orange schools are 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, as well as offering students the International Baccalaureate program.

Elementary schools

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

Middle schools

  • Creekside Middle School
  • Silver Sands Middle School
  • Campbell Middle School
  • David C. Hinson Sr. Middle School
  • Deland Middle School
  • Deltona Middle School
  • Galaxy Middle School
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Holly Hill Middle School
  • New Smyrna Beach Middle School
  • Ormond Beach Middle School
  • River Springs Middle School
  • Southwestern Middle School
  • T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High

High schools

  • Spruce Creek High School
  • Atlantic High School
  • Deland High School
  • Deltona High School
  • Mainland High School
  • New Smyrna Beach High School
  • Pine Ridge High School
  • Seabreeze High School
  • University High School
  • T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High

Colleges and universities

Port Orange is the home of the Florida campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic. The campus in Port Orange was founded in 2002 by James E. Hether, D. C.

Notable people

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