Located about 25 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Deltona is a city in Volusia County in the central part of the state of Florida. It is placed midway between Daytona Beach and Orlando. The city is bordered on the north by Lake Helen and Cassadaga, on the northwest by DeLand, on the south by Enterprise, and on the west by Orange City. Its name is a contraction of both DeLand and Daytona. Deltona is one of the bigger cities in Florida, with a population of about 86,000. It belongs to the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach Metropolitan Area and the bigger Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach Combined Statistical Area.
The first settlers in the Deltona area were former Confederacy secret agent George Sauls, his wife Adeline, and their six children who arrived in 1859. It was developed in the early 1960s as a planned residential community and was originally named as Deltona Lakes. The new community was marketed by the developers both within and outside the United States. As a result, it boasted a population of more than 1,500 people in just a year after it was opened. It was eventually incorporated in September 1995 after two previous failed attempts, with the name shortened to Deltona.
The city has a humid subtropical climate. This means the weather is usually hot and humid during summer months and mild in winter months. The Deltona landscape is characterized by numerous lakes and rolling hills. Elevation is about 10 meters above sea level. South of the city the St. Johns River cuts through Lake Monroe.
There were more than 34,000 households in Deltona as of 2010. Per capita income was about $20,000, with this considered lower middle income in both Florida and entire U.S. The city has a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs, with neither having significant upper hand. Most Deltona residents work in office and administrative support. Significant numbers also work in management, business and sales. Educational, health and social services, and retail trade are two major industries in Deltona, where Spanish is the most popular first-language after English.
Deltona has about a dozen elementary and middle schools with city limits. These include Deltona Lakes Elementary School, Forest Lake Elementary School, Deltona Middle School and Deltona High School. The city is also served by schools in unincorporated Deltona and neighboring areas, such as Orange City and Lake Helen. Public primary and secondary education is under the administration of Volusia County Schools. Higher education is available through satellite campuses of Daytona State College and Bethune-Cookman University.
However, educational attainment in Deltona is slightly lower than the national average. Just about 14 percent of adult residents over 25 years have a Bachelor's degree or higher, according to the American Community Survey of 2010. But the proportion of those with high school diploma was about the national average.
The city has a decent transportation system. Bus transportation is provided by the Volusia County public transit service Votran. Commuter rail service is provided by SunRail. Airports around Deltona include Orlando Sanford International Airport, Daytona Beach International Airport and Orlando International Airport.
Deltona is an ideal city for both the rich and poor in Georgia. Blue- and white-collar jobs exist side by side in almost equal numbers. The area has an improving economy which is mainly driven by retail trade and educational, health and social services industries.