Living in Ormond Beach, Florida
Ormond Beach is situated almost precisely between Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida, but is most well-known for its proximity to Daytona Beach. While overshadowed by nearby cities and events, Ormond Beach is home to 40,970 people (July 2015 census estimate) who enjoy the city's long stretches of beaches, diverse restaurants, and flourishing businesses. The city also features beaches on both sides of the Halifax River and against the sea, as well as diverse historic buildings, and multiple parks and museums.
Ormond Beach offers a haven to tourists and locals alike, who enjoy the relative quiet in comparison to the nearby commercialized Daytona Beach set against a strong economy, with thriving local and international businesses.
About Ormond Beach
Ormond Beach has been populated since 1643, but didn't become a city until 1875, when it was founded as New Britain. Just 5 years later, the town was incorporated as Ormond in honor of James Ormond I, a sea captain responsible for bringing some of the first settlers to the area.
By 1886, the St. Johns & Halifax Railroad paved the way for a booming winter tourist trade, leading the way to the Ormond Hotel, which was soon purchased by Henry Flagler, who created a legacy of Golden Age hotels and buildings in the area. His business partner, John D. Rockefeller later created a winter estate, The Casements, in Ormond Beach, which still exists to this day. Ormond Beach also played a small part in the races on the nearby Daytona Beach, as Ormond's packed white sand is often as suitable for driving as Daytona.
In 1949, Ormond was renamed to Ormond Beach. Today, Ormond Beach is less well known than Daytona, but still receives a fair amount of winter and summer tourist traffic. But, with fewer tourists and less commercialization than nearby beaches, Ormond Beach holds its own charm.
Jobs, Education, & Finance
Ormond Beach features a strong local economy with an active commercial and residential market selling to international markets. This is spread between multiple types of businesses, including retail and manufacturing, and includes local and international businesses.
The Deltona-Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach metropolitan area includes companies like Costa Del Mar, First Green Bank, Florida Production, Hawaiian Tropic, ABB Thomas & Betts/Homac, Hudson Technologies, and many more. The Ormond Beach Business Park and Airpark is a foreign trade zone featuring 27 companies who provide over 1,700 jobs to the area. Booming job growth has seen a decrease in unemployment (from 15% in 2010 to 6% in 2016) and hundreds of new business licenses each year.
Ormond Beach is home to 7 schools and 2 colleges, affording plenty of education opportunities for families. The area is also highly educated, with a median family income of $52,496.
Thing to Do in Ormond Beach
Ormond Beach is just ten minutes from Daytona Beach, but the city has many of its own beaches and entertainment options. Places like the Anderson-Price Memorial Library Building, the Bulow Creek State Park, Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens, North Peninsula State Park, and Tomoka State Park provide family friendly fun. Ormond Beach is also home to a mall and four local shopping centers, and offers scenic drives like The Loop. And, of course, with the Ormond Beach and Ormond By the Sea Beach across the Halifax River, there's plenty of white sand to enjoy year-round.
Ormond Beach is popular with tourists, residents, and businesses, who each have opportunities to enjoy the area. With booming business growth, beachfront living, and a variety of waterways and entertainment, Ormond has something to offer for everyone.
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