Port Orange is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The city's population was 56,048 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area; the metropolitan area's population in 2010 was 494,593. Port Orange is a principal city in the Fun Coast region of the state of Florida.
Port Orange is located at 29°7′8″N 81°0′10″W / 29.11889°N 81.00278°W (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). 26.6 square miles (69.0 km2) of it is land and 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2) of it (7.09%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 56,048 people, 24,841 households, and 15,44 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.
Recent studies show the workforce to be educated, productive and competitive, with 10 percent under-employed. Seven colleges and universities and the Advanced Technology Center support business needs with career advancement, workforce development and research.
Education, health care and government are the area’s largest employment sectors.
One of the larger businesses in Port Orange is Thompson Pump and Manufacturing.
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.
- Horizon Elementary School
- Spruce Creek Elementary School
- Sugar Mill Elementary School
- Cypress Creek Elementary School
- Sweetwater Elementary School
- Port Orange Elementary School
- Creekside Middle School
- Silver Sands Middle School
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.
Notable residents (past and present)
Great Egret at Port Orange Causeway Park