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Living a College Town Lifestyle in DeLand, Florida

Diverse, warm, and bright DeLand is a small and pleasant college community. DeLand is a small town just west of Daytona Beach in North Florida.  It is the home of Stetson University, named after its early benefactor, the founder of the famous hat company. Stetson University was the first private college to be established in Florida.  Although the population is about 24,000, DeLand is part of the Daytona metro which has a large population. It is the county seat of Volusia County.

The Downtown DeLand Historic District is a mixed-use neighborhood near downtown DeLand. A second area called the Garden District is also being developed.  DeLand is also home to many growing companies and is diversified economically, all factors which contribute to an interesting and comfortable college town.

Where to Retire in DeLand and Home Prices

There is a very large active adult community in De Land (see link at top right).
Zillow reports the median home value has been rising since 2013 and was at $182,100 in mid-2018.

What is special about DeLand

Downtown Deland Historic District. Garden District, a new redevelopment project that is currently underway.  Strong economic base. Stetson University.  Near the beaches of Daytona Beach

What is not special about DeLand

Real estate in this part of Florida have been pummeled, which is either a negative or a positive.  City-Data.com reports a very high crime rate for DeLand, although other services have it about average.

Climate and Physical Environment

DeLand is in northern Florida about 11 miles west of Daytona Beach. It has a sub-tropical climate which is mild in winter and hot and rainy in winter.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

For culture DeLand has many offerings. Stetson University has theatre productions as well as classes aimed at older residents. The DeLand Arts Festival from the Museum of the Florida Arts is a very successful annual affair. The Volusia County Library has a lovely building and many programs. The local Sanborn Activities Center also has a lot going on of interest.

Crime

Crime in DeLand is incredibly high according to City-Data.com - nearly three times the national average. Other sources such as cityrating.com also report much higher average crime rates for property crime and violent crime.

Medical facilities

Florida Hospital DeLand serves DeLand. Other hospitals are a short drive away in Orlando, Sanford, and Daytona Beach

Transportation

DeLand transportation options include airports in Daytona Beach, Orlando/Sanford, and Orlando, all of which are within 45 miles. AMTRAK has a station in DeLand

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