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Vero Beach, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida
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
Vero Beach, Florida is located in USA
Vero Beach, Florida
Location in the United States
Country United States
State  Florida
County Indian River
Settled 1870
Incorporated (Vero) 1919
Incorporated (Vero Beach) 1925
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • 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 32960-32969
Area code(s) 772
FIPS code 12-74150[2]
GNIS feature ID 0292760[3]
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 Indian River County, Florida, in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 data, the city had a population of 15,220. It is the county seat of Indian River County.[4]


  • Demographics 1
  • Climate 2
  • Rail 3
  • Industry 4
    • Top employers 4.1
  • Points of interest 5
    • Beaches 5.1
    • Water recreation in the Indian River Lagoon 5.2
    • Resorts 5.3
    • Shopping 5.4
    • National Register of Historic Places 5.5
  • Historic events 6
  • Notable people 7
  • Education 8
    • Public schools 8.1
    • Private schools 8.2
    • Colleges 8.3
  • References 9
  • External links 10


As of the 2010 census,[2][7] 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% African American, 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.


  • National Weather Service - Vero Beach, Florida


The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) mainline bisects Vero Beach, with an active team track in town serving a lumber/building products customer. Also, just north of town, there are (at present) inactive spurs alongside the various grapefruit & orange packing houses, and active aggregate customers who ship out their product in the FEC's distinctive Ortner 100-ton aggregate hopper cars.


Vero Beach is home to general aviation manufacturer Piper Aircraft, which is the largest private employer in Indian River County and as of June 2012 employs approximately 730 people. Aside from Piper, the bulk of commercial activity in Vero Beach centers around tourism, the citrus industry and service activities.

Top employers

According to Vero Beach's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[8] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Indian River County School District 2,013
2 Indian River Medical Center 1,608
3 Indian River County 1,354
4 Publix 1,006
5 Piper Aircraft 700
6 Sebastian River Medical Center 569
7 John's Island 550
8 City of Vero Beach 451
9 VNA of the Treasure Coast 399
10 Indian River Estates 350

Points of interest


The beaches in Vero Beach are part of Florida's Treasure Coast. Vero's three main public beaches are South Beach, accessible at the eastern end of State Road 656 at the eastern end of 17th Street; Humiston Park, in Vero's Central Beach Business District on Ocean Drive and Jaycee Park which is adjacent to Conn Beach. These beaches are lifeguard protected from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There are 26 miles of oceanfront shore in Indian River County. Vero Beach also has other free public access trails and walkways with beach access, such as Riomar Beach, Sea Cove, Sea Grape Trail, Sexton Plaza, and Turtle Trail.

Water recreation in the Indian River Lagoon

The Indian River Lagoon, passing through Vero Beach, forms a significant portion of the Intracoastal Waterway, and is a hub for boating, fishing, water skiing, diving, kayaking and other small-craft waterborne activities.


Disney's Vero Beach Resort is located in Vero Beach.

Costa dè Este is located in Vero Beach.


There are two large shopping malls the Indian River Mall and the Fashion Outlet Mall just west of I-95 on State Road 60. There are small specialty shops along Ocean Drive on the barrier island and in what is called the "Miracle Mile." The Historic Downtown is a newly revitalized area of shopping, dining, antique stores and art galleries.

National Register of Historic Places

Vero Railroad Station
McKee Jungle Gardens

Historic events

  • 1872 – Captain Allen W. Estes officially established the first land patent here between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.
  • 1893 – Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway began operation through the area.
  • 1919 – Vero Beach became chartered as an official town.
  • 1925 – Indian River County is formed, and Vero Beach became the county seat.
  • 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, commissioned November 1942
  • 1951 – Barber Bridge was built from mainland to barrier islands. It was later demolished and replaced in 1995 with the Merrill P. Barber Bridge
  • 1957 – Piper Aircraft began research and development in Vero Beach
  • 1961 – Piper Aircraft moves administrative and manufacturing operations after completing building additions.
  • 1965 – A1A bridge over the Sebastian Inlet opens connecting barrier islands.

Notable people


The School District of Indian River County operates public schools.[28]

Public schools

  • Vero Beach High School The first high school founded in Vero Beach. grades 9–12
  • Indian River Charter High School. Charter school, grades 9–12
  • Alternative Center for Education. Public · grades 5–12
  • Rosewood Magnet School. grades pre-K-5
  • Imagine South Vero, Charter school, grades K-8

Private schools

  • St. Helen Catholic School[29]
  • Saint Edward's School. Independent College Preparatory in Episcopal School Tradition · grades pre-K-12
  • Anderson Academy. Private · grades 8–12
  • Masters Academy. Private · grades pre-K-12
  • Tabernacle Baptist Christian School. Private · grades K-12
  • SunCoast School, Private · grades pre-K-8



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External links

  • Official website

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