• Created in 1854, Volusia County was named for the port of Volusia along the St. Johns River on the county’s western side.
• At 1,432 square miles, Volusia is roughly the size of Rhode Island.
• Since 1959, Daytona Beach in Volusia has been the site of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR.
• In 1946, Major League Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier at City Island Ballpark in Daytona Beach as a member of the Montreal Royals, the top farm team of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The ballpark was the site of the first racially integrated spring training game in modern baseball history. Robinson was promoted to the Dodgers in 1947.
• A favorite vacation destination for beachgoers worldwide, the county and Daytona Beach are known for their annual motorcycle festivals that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors.
• With its roots in racing and biking, eastern Volusia County has become home to a cluster of automotive parts manufacturers and distributors. Western Volusia, in the meantime, is known for its farming and agri-tourism.
• The county is home to three world-renowned private universities: Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black school in Daytona Beach that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an aviation and aeronautics school in Daytona Beach; and Stetson University in DeLand, known for its high-ranking academic programs and community-engaged learning that focuses on commitment to service and social justice.
How does Volusia County rank on the 2012 Central Florida Scorecard? Here are some highlights:
• Population: 494,800, ranked in the middle of all of the region’s counties in number of residents.
• College attainment: 21.7 percent, third-lowest in the region behind Lake and Polk counties and well below the 25 percent regional average.
• Water consumption: 127 gallons per day per capita, the second-lowest in the region behind Brevard County at 114 and well below the regional average of 154.
• Unemployment rate: 9.4 percent, the third-lowest in the region.
• Voter turnout: 50.3 percent, which falls right in the middle among the region’s counties.
• Charitable contributions: $3,300, tied for second place in the region with Brevard County.
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