Vero Beach is a city in, and the seat of, Indian River County, Florida, United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 data, the city had a population of 15,220.
As of the 2010 census, 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% Black, 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.
Vero Beach has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and warm, sunny, and dry winters. The average annual temperature is 72.7 °F, with an annual high temperature of 81.4 °F and an annual low temperature of 64 °F. On average Vero Beach is frost free.
A neolithic skull was discovered in 1915. It has since been misplaced but appears to represent a culture from 11 to 14,000 years ago, with 13,000 years ago as the most likely timeframe.
In 1872 Captain Allen W. Estes officially established the first land patent between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.
In 1893 Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway began operation through the area.
Vero Beach became chartered as an official town in 1919.
When Indian River County is formed in 1925, Vero Beach became the county seat.
During the war year of 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. It was commissioned November.
In 1951 Barber Bridge was built from mainland to barrier islands. It was later demolished and replaced in 1995 with the Merrill P. Barber Bridge.
In 1957 Piper Aircraft began research and development in Vero Beach. In 1961 Piper Aircraft moved administrative and manufacturing operations to Vero after completing building additions.
In 1965 the A1A bridge over the Sebastian Inlet connected the two barrier islands.
Vero Beach is home to general aviation manufacturer Piper Aircraft, which is the largest private employer in Indian River County. As of July 2015, Piper employed approximately 750 people. Aside from Piper, the bulk of commercial activity in Vero Beach centers around tourism, the citrus industry and service activities.
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.
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.
National Register of Historic Places
- Driftwood Inn
- Hallstrom House
- Old Indian River County Courthouse
- Judge Henry F. Gregory House
- Maher Building
- McKee Jungle Gardens
- Old Palmetto Hotel
- Pueblo Arcade
- Royal Park Arcade
- Theodore Hausmann Estate
- Old Vero Beach Community Building
- Vero Beach Diesel Power Plant
- Vero Beach Woman’s Club
- Vero Railroad Station
- Vero Theatre
Vero Beach is served by GoLine Bus routes.
The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) mainline bisects Vero Beach, with an active team track in town serving a lumber/building products customer.
- Fred Barnes, journalist, editor of The Weekly Standard and Fox News contributor
- Lake Bell, actress, attended school in Vero Beach
- Alex Cobb, pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, attended Vero Beach High School
- Gloria Estefan, singer, has a house and owns a hotel in Vero Beach
- Tom Fadden, actor
- Prince Fielder, professional baseball player
- Calvin Souther Fuller, inventor of the solar cell, died 1994
- Carl Hiaasen, journalist, novelist, and author of children’s books
- Ivan Lendl, former professional tennis player
- Debbie Mayfield, Florida state representative
- F. James McDonald, former president and chief operating officer of General Motors
- Alison Mosshart, lead singer of The Kills and The Dead Weather
- Jake Owen, country music singer-songwriter, graduate of Vero Beach High School, 1999
- Peter George Peterson, co-founder, Blackstone Group
- Albert Reed, model, 2007 Dancing with the Stars competitor, actor, graduate of Vero Beach High School, 2003
- Priscilla Renea, singer-songwriter signed to Capitol Records,debut album entitled “Jukebox” released in 2009
- Norman Sas, inventor of Electric football
- Parvati Shallow, winner of Survivor: Micronesia, runner-up in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
- Bryan Stork, professional football player for the Washington Redskins of the NFL
- Roscoe Tanner, former professional tennis player
The Indian River County School District operates the following 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. Public · grades pre-K-5
- Imagine South Vero. Charter school · grades K-8
- Oslo Middle School. Public · grades 6-8
- St. Helen Catholic School
- 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
- Indian River State College – Mueller Campus