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Vero Beach, Florida
City
Nickname(s): Hibiscus City
Motto: Where the Tropics Begin
Location in Indian River County and the state of Florida
Location in Indian River County and the state of Florida
Country United States
State  Florida
County Indian River
Settled 1870
Incorporated (Vero) 1919
Incorporated (Vero Beach) 1925
Area
 • City 12.93 sq mi (33.5 km2)
 • Land 11.07 sq mi (28.7 km2)
 • Water 1.85 sq mi (4.8 km2)  14.31%
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010 census)
 • City 15,220
 • Metro 130,100
  Census Bureau
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32960 thru 32969
Area code(s) 772
FIPS code 12-74150
GNIS feature ID 0292760
Website http://www.covb.org
Spring training
Vero Beach had been the Spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1948. The Dodgers left Vero Beach in 2008 for Glendale, AZ.

Vero Beach is a city in, and the seat of Indian River County, Florida, United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 data, the city had a population of 15,220.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 793
1930 2,268 186.0%
1940 3,050 34.5%
1950 4,746 55.6%
1960 8,849 86.5%
1970 11,908 34.6%
1980 16,176 35.8%
1990 17,350 7.3%
2000 17,705 2.0%
2010 15,220 −14.0%
Est. 2015 16,358 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 census, there were 15,220 people, 7,505 households, and 3,946 families residing in the city. There were 10,258 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 87.5% White, 4.8% Black, 0.30% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 3.7% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.7% of the population.

There were 7,505 households out of which 16.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.2% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.4% were non-families. 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older with 4.8% being 85 years and older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.65.

In the city the population was spread out with 14.1% under the age of 16, 84.1% over 18, 4.3% from 15 to 19, 4.9% from 20 to 24, 5.5% from 20 to 25 and 29.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.9 years.

For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. The population consists of 51.3% female and 48.7% male.

Geography

Climate

Vero Beach has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and warm, sunny, and dry winters. The average annual temperature is 72.7 °F, with an annual high temperature of 81.4 °F and an annual low temperature of 64 °F. On average Vero Beach is frost free.

History

Pre-Columbian

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A neolithic skull was discovered in 1915. It has since been misplaced but appears to represent a culture from 11 to 14,000 years ago, with 13,000 years ago as the most likely timeframe.

Post-Columbian

In 1872 Captain Allen W. Estes officially established the first land patent between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.

In 1893 Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway began operation through the area.

Vero Beach became chartered as an official town in 1919.

When Indian River County is formed in 1925, Vero Beach became the county seat.

During the war year of 1942 the U.S. Navy selected 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) surrounding the Vero Beach Municipal Airport as the site of a Naval Air Station. It was commissioned November.

In 1951 Barber Bridge was built from mainland to barrier islands. It was later demolished and replaced in 1995 with the Merrill P. Barber Bridge.

In 1957 Piper Aircraft began research and development in Vero Beach.

In 1965 the A1A bridge over the Sebastian Inlet connected the two barrier islands.

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