Indian River County

Indian River County

Bordered by citrus groves, cattle ranches and the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River County has a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. Centrally located 70 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center and 135 miles north of Miami, our 543 square miles contain beautiful beaches, groves of renowned Indian River oranges and grapefruit, immaculate oceanfront estates and riverfront communities. This unique setting, combined with a burgeoning retail and tourist industry, plus a dynamic business community, continues to attract national and international attention.


Live, Work, Play and Stay

Visitors and residents alike enjoy a climate moderated by the warm tropical waters of the Gulf Stream. In addition, the 26 miles of unspoiled beaches, the serene waterscapes of the Sebastian and Indian Rivers, and miles of pristine woodlands and fields provide an endless array of recreational adventures. Free from urban sprawl and congestion, Indian River County offers the ideal setting for living life to its fullest.

Agriculture and tourism have historically been the mainstay of Indian River County's economy. These industries are now complimented by an increasing number of firms in the health care and information technology industries along with a steady stream of light manufacturing and service sector jobs. Relatively low labor costs and inexpensive building sites, plus the absence of state income tax, continue to attract industry. A motivated workforce of semi-skilled and trained technical workers points to a community that is productive and business-friendly.

History

Indian River County was established in 1925 and today is comprised of five incorporated municipalities, all governed by a Commission of five elected members representing each of the county's five districts.

Vero Beach was incorporated in 1910 and is the county seat, with a population estimated at 18,160 people. The city was once a rail stop along the Florida East Coast Railroad. Since those early days, Vero Beach has become the center for Indian River County's flourishing economic and cultural growth. Picturesque residential communities, planned open space for community outings, along with unspoiled beaches and breathtaking landscapes, have contributed to the popularity of Vero Beach as a destination. Many businesses have located to Vero Beach as a result of the CEO's positive vacation experience.

Sebastian, north of Vero Beach, is the largest municipality with a population of approximately 21,600. Residents here enjoy a warm, friendly hometown atmosphere. Starting off as a fishing village, Sebastian is now focused on a growing tourist industry where visitors and residents can enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, surfing and many other water-oriented activities. Many national and international surfing competitions are held in nearby Sebastian Inlet.

Fellsmere, the most rural incorporated town in Indian River County, is located in the northwestern part of the county with a population of nearly 5,000. Sugar had been the primary industry for this agricultural community, but in recent years the emphasis has shifted to citrus and cattle.

Indian River Shores and The Town of Orchid are residential communities. Indian River Shores is home to approximately 3,700 year-round residents, with that figure doubling during the winter months. Orchid is a golf and beach community, newly developed on the barrier island north of Vero Beach. Just over 300 residents enjoy pristine beaches, spectacular ocean vistas and golf courses around the luxury home sites.

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