Volusia County is located in on the northeast coast of Florida. It is in the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area. Census estimates from 2005 place its population at 490,055. Deltona is the most populous city in the county and the county seat is DeLand. Volusia County is probably best known for Daytona Beach, a popular spring break destination and home of the world famous Daytona 500 automobile race.
Volusia County was formed in 1854 and is named for a port on the St. Johns River. In the beginning, the county thrived by growing sugar, cotton and as a trading post. Through the years, Volusia County became less dependent on agriculture and with the coming of the railroads, became less dependent on trading too. Its ideal location on the Atlantic Florida seaboard helped it become a favorite destination for tourists looking for peace, relaxation, beautiful sand beaches, clear sunny skies and crystalline blue waters. Tropical year-round climes also help Volusia, and more specifically Daytona Beach, remain one of the most popular spring break spots for college students from all over the United States. Add to this the fact that nearby Orlando offers visitors the opportunity to visit all of the Walt Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World theme parks and Volusia County is poised to remain a top tourist destination well into the future.