Indian River County Rated ‘7th Best Place to Live’
Rated by Sperling’s Best Places, Indian River County ranked as the ‘7th Best Place to Live’ in the United States. Indian River County, named for the Indian River Lagoon which traverses its eastern side, is Florida’s sixth richest county and one of the top 100 richest counties in the nation.
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Indian River County’s year round temperature averages a balmy 74 degrees. The average temperature in January is 63 degrees and the average temperature in August is 81 degrees.
As of 2011, the Census Bureau reports a population of 140,476 in Indian River County, a number that grows at a moderate rate of 2% per year. The median age in Indian River County is 43.4 years old and approximately 50% of the county’s population ranges in age from 18-64 years old. The median household income is approximately $47,000.
Cities and Towns in Indian River County
Five incorporated cities exist in Indian River County. Vero Beach is the county seat, the largest municipality, and the commercial and cultural center of the county. Sebastian grew up around the fishing industry and today is known for surfing, fishing, swimming and boating. Rural Fellsmere has an economy based on citrus crops and cattle. Indian River Shores is an exclusive residential community. Orchid is a new luxury barrier island community. To search hundreds of listings in Indian River County, click here.
Real Estate in Indian River County
The county consists of 503 square miles of land. The west side mainland encompasses orange and grapefruit groves, pastoral cattle ranches, residential and golf communities, and business investment properties. Unsullied 26 miles of white sand beaches ribbon the barrier islands on the east side of the county, and beautiful oceanfront, river front, and canal front luxury estates , residences, condominiums, year-round and seasonal rentals and resorts can be found there.
Things to Do in Indian River County
The phenomenal Indian River Lagoon, affectionately named The Indian River by local residents, divides the islands from the mainland. The U.S. EPA designated the Indian River Lagoon as an “estuary of national significance”. Stretching along 156 miles of Florida’s east coast, The Indian River supports more than 3,500 species of fauna and flora. The river is home to playful dolphins and gentle manatees. A fisherman’s paradise, Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Snook, and Tarpon flourish in the Indian River. Check out the Sebastian Inlet District Daily Fishing Report.
Public Golf Courses include The Sandridge Municipal Golf Course (36 holes) and the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course (18 holes). A plethora of private golf courses, including Hawk’s Nest Golf Club, Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club, Indian River Club, the Moorings Club, and Quail Valley Golf Club and Marina can be found in the Indian River County.
Family activities, cultural arts, and historical attractions cover everything imaginable! For outdoors, there are jet ski rentals, kayak rentals, surf schools, skydiving, tours of the Indian River, airboat adventures, a shooting range, wildlife refuges, and parks. For rainy days, indoor activities include bowling, skating, movies, museums, theaters, and playhouses. For a complete list and contact information online, visit Indian River Chamber of Commerce.
Known for baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse, tennis, equestrian events, polo, swimming, a public shooting range, surfing, kayaking, deep sea and fresh water fishing, Indian River has a deep history of past sports champions. For an in depth view of the sports lifestyle of Indian River County watch the destination video for Indian River County on the Treasure Coast Sports Commission website at www.TreasureCoastSports.org.
Shop until you drop in Indian River County. Favorite shopping places include art and antique shops, resort wear, consignment shops, fruits, vegetable and citrus stands and quaint independently owned boutiques along the beaches. Large malls, shopping centers, discount chains and fashion outlets can be found on the mainland.
Schools In Indian River County
Indian River County boasts 21 public schools ranging from elementary to high school. There are 28 private schools from Pre-K through high school, including St. Edwards pre-kindergarten through grade twelve in Vero Beach. Colleges and universities in Indian River County vicinity including Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University College of Medicine, Florida Institute of Technology, Keiser College, Nova University, and Indian River State College.
Medical Facilities in Indian River County
The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation rated Indian River County as one of Florida’s healthiest counties in which to live.
Hospitals in Indian River County include Indian River Medical Center which is affiliated with Duke University Health Systems, and has been ranked by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons as one of the top heart centers in the United States. Sebastian River Medical Center offers comprehensive care including radiology, family walk-in care, orthopedic care, surgery and more. HealthSouth Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital, a 90-bed acute medical rehabilitation hospital, offers inpatient and outpatient services.
Airports Servicing Indian River County
Airports within the county are Sebastian Municipal Airport with a 4,000 foot runway, and Vero Beach Municipal Airport with a 7,300 foot runway. Commercial airports servicing Indian River County within easy driving distance to the north are Orlando International (MCO) Airport, Orlando-Sanford International (SFB) Airport and Melbourne International (MLB) Airport. To the south is Palm Beach International (PBI).
Indian River County Community
Indian River County residents are positive, happy and supportive of their communities. No finer, more beautiful place exists on earth. Make Indian River County your home. Search hundreds of Indian River County real estate listings at COLDWELL BANKER PARADISE (www.flColdwellBanker.com) . Family owned and operated for over one-half century, we are everywhere you want to be along the Indian River.