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Volusia County Commuting Patterns

Labor Shed Analysis

Labor Shed studies and analysis provide economic development partners, including existing and prospective employers, a valuable tool which helps us to understand the labor market locally. It assists economic developers in making informed decisions regarding expansion and site selection. Labor Shed studies may also help us in gathering details on the potential impact on the environment, socially or even economical incidents.

Working and Living

The majority of Volusia County workers blend into the Health Care/Social Service category (17.5%) and the Retail market (14.4%) Whereas 14.9% of workers actually living in Volusia County are employed in the Health Care/Social Services niche and 14% in Retail trade. What do these numbers really tell us? A very detailed examination of the commuting patterns for the County of Volusia shows us that there is a net outflow of -41,914 workers. That means that 48.1% of workers who reside in Volusia county are employed in other counties throughout the state. Beginning with Orange County at 26,630 workers followed by Seminole County at 21,566 workers and Duval County with 6,478 Volusia County residents working there. This is the 20th lowest outflow ranking among Florida counties. In contrast, there are 55,039 Volusia County workers whom reside outside of the county.

Veterans and Civilians

There are over 50,000 Veterans residing within Volusia County and a 69.4% owner-occupied housing rate. This shows us that the majority of Volusia County home-owners actually live in the homes which they own. Volusia county has an estimated population of 547,538 residents and as of August 2019 a Civilian labor force of 52%, that’s 257,950 Volusia County residents who are willing and able to get to work. The average travel time for the commuters to get to work is 25 minutes.

Jobs and Labor

There are over 12,603 employer establishments in Volusia County and total employment of 143,888. This proves a 3.7% unemployment rate. The work area profile shows a total number of primary jobs in Volusia County as 159,608. Most workers are between the ages of 30-54 (51.1%) followed by 55 and older at 26.6% and 29 or younger at 22.3%. That 35,591 jobs for the worker of age 29 or younger. Although 23.7% of job earnings are under $1,250 per month, the majority of earnings are between $1,251 and $3,333 per month and 33.4% of jobs by earnings at over $3,333 per month. Lead again by Health Care/Social Assistance, Retail and Accommodation/Food Services.

Inflow & Outflow

There are almost 97,000 external jobs filled by residents, 50,000 of them between the ages of 30 & 54. But the internal jobs, filled by outside workers is 55,039. Internal jobs filled by residents is a whopping 104,569.

Volusia County Workforce

Volusia County’s workforce is strong, dedicated, educated and ready to get to work. Many residents have been forced to work outside of the county. Deltona in specific is different, because we are changing. We are growing, exponentially and this expansive growth has gained the attention of people from all around the world. The growth of the Medical Arts Districts in Deltona as well as Retail development, Residential development and a 1.4 million square foot Amazon Fulfillment Center is encouraging residents who would rather work within the city they live. Deltona’s residents stand above the rest with much to look forward to. It truly is “A City on the Move”

Deltona Parks & Recreation

Discover Deltona Ecoparks!

Deltona is the perfect mix of recreation, entertainment, ecological tourism and nature.


1. Audubon Park
Corner of Lush Ln. and Doyle Rd.

2. Big Lake Rookery

3. Community Gardens at Vann Park
675 Elgrove Drive

4.Lyonia Environmental Center & Nature Preserve
2150 Eustace Avenue

5.Thornby Nature Park
110 Providence Blvd.

6.Deltona’s Lakeshore EcoVillage
980 Lakeshore Dr

7. Lake Monroe Boat Ramp
966 Lakeshore Drive

8.Three Island Lake Nature Preserve Park
2100 Brewster Drive

9.(West) Blue Heron Nature Preserve Park

10.Lake McGarity at Campbell Park
1315 Briarwood Avenue

City Parks

11.Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex
1200 Saxon Blvd.

12.Dupont Lakes Park
2711 Elkcam Blvd.

13.Dwight Hawkins Park
3050 Riverhead Drive

14.Festival Park
191 Howland Blvd.

15.Firefighters’ Memorial Park
1426 East Lombardy Drive

16.Harris M. Saxon Community Center & Park
2329 California Street

17. Keysville Dog Park
2641 Keysville Avenue

18.Lake Butler Recreation Complex:
Youth Advisory Board Skate Park
301 Courtland Blvd

19.Lake Gleason Park
1019 East Gaucho Circle

20.Montecito Park
2394 Oberlin Lane

21.Manny Rodriguez Park
1570 Overton Street

22.Timber Ridge Park
1138 Glendale Avenue

23.Tom Hoffman Park
1751 Whipple Drive

24.Veterans’ Memorial Park & Museum
1921 Evard Avenue

25.Wes Crile Park
1537 Norbert Terrace

Many nature based experiences are offered with the City of Deltona. The Ecological Tourism Sustainability Plan consists of:

I. Trails
II. Nature Themed Parks
III. Back to Nature & Pollinator Friendly Themed Projects

The sustainability premise of the Ecological Tourism Sustainability Plan is this: with sufficient nature based attractions and experiences being offered, stays exceeding one day are to be expected. These extended stays, with “Heads on Pillows & Wallets Opened” will now enhance the ecological growth for:

1. Bicycle Shops, Kayak/Canoe Rentals. Bait and Fishing Shops, as well as other shops with essential provisions.

2. Restaurants, Cafés, Service Companies and Lodging.

The development of these ecological and nature based facilities fall into three groups, as follows:


• Florida’s St Johns River to Sea Loop Trail (accomplished)
• Florida’s Coast to Coast Trail (accomplished)
• Deltona’s Lakeshore Loop Trail (accomplished)
• Deltona: Florida Greenways & Trails designation – Trail Town (accomplished)
• Deltona: Florida Greenways & Trails designation – Lakeshore Trailhead (accomplished)
• Deltona: Lakeshore Trailhead Master Plan (Neel-Schaffer Consulting) (working)
• Deltona: Providence Boulevard North/South City Connector Stem Trail (working)
• Deltona: Providence Boulevard North/South City Branch Trail, connecting various City parks and new neighborhoods to the Providence Boulevard North/South City Connector Stem Trail (projected and working),
• Deltona: Lakeshore Blue Trail (projected)
• Deltona & Volusia County: Lakeshore Boardwalk Trail (projected)
• Blueways Trails and the Butler Chain of Lakes Blueway Trail

   The development of the Lakeshore EcoVillage is a City project to develop the property currently owned by the City of Deltona at 980 Lakeshore Drive. A “Cracker Revival Look” will add to the early Florida ambiance of a multi-room lodge, mini-houses, and tree houses. The lodging and restaurant will be available to the public, but is primarily intended for trail users, boaters, fishermen, and nature enthusiasts. In addition to the Lodge, the existing “Craft Building” will be rejuvenated and leased to a bicycle shop.  The “Little Red Schoolhouse” will be the informational and educational facility serving the trail system. Included will be the paving of this site’s parking lot, to provide better designation of parking, enhance traffic flows, and resolve the rain-washed debris onto the Lakeshore Loop Trail and Lakeshore Drive.

Partners: St Johns River to Sea Loop Association; Volusia County Parks & Recreation Department; Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Department of Greenways & Trails; Community of Enterprise; Edgewater Condominium Association; Lakeside Condominium Association; St Johns River Water Management District.


   Parks dedicated primarily as nature experience-based parks, with minimum manmade impact: minimal impact parking and trails, natural or manmade water features; educational/historical and nature themed signage; striving toward ADA compliancy. Linking these parks with an Nature-Park Tour Trail is based on the City of San Antonio’s Mission Trail, where the missions of San Antonio (circa 1700s and early 1800s) were connected with roads so that the missions could be accessed (in earlier times by one to two day’s wagon or horseback travel time, and by less than one-hour current time). Each park has wayfinding signage (directions also available via electronic access) showing the entire five-mission tour, with explicit directions to the two closest missions). One visit leads to another. The same thought applies to the Nature Park Tour Trail… follow the signage to each new park, to see birds and wildlife native to that ecosystem.


1. Lyonia Educational Center and Trails – Lyonia features a “birdwatcher’s life-bird” that is in great demand, the Florida Scrub Jay. Other wildlife is also featured, along with multiple educational themed exhibits and offerings. Currently out-of-state and out-of-country visitors exceed ten thousand visits annually;
2. Thornby Park – Thornby Park features an “all inclusive” playground for children with disabilities. The existing nature trail is currently being expanded to an outdoor classroom, a water feature, historical and nature features with signage, and is being upgraded to make it ADA accessible with benches, ramps, boardwalks, and a bridge;
3. Audubon Nature Park – Located with easy automobile access through the Doyle Road/Lush Lane parking entrance, and accessible to the trail systems for bikers and walkers through the South Entrance, Audubon offers a wide variety of natural themes:

Scrub Jay

A. In a one year study, over 200 species of birds were observed at this park by the Audubon Society.

B. There are numerous other (non-bird) species within the park.

C. There are five ecological systems, each offering a variety of differing flora and fauna;

D. There is an expanded water feature: A “falling water” series of ponds with water flowing from the shallow marsh impoundment to the deeper marsh pond, to the deep water pond…a series of three adjoining ponds. All attract various wildlife.



A. Beechdale Phase l – Located at Ft. Smith and Beechdale Drive, this is a two phased park that will offer expansive water features and open viewing areas, trails, parking, benches, and observation points.

B. Brewster (Three Island Lake) – Located in the NE area of Deltona, Brewster offers wooded trails that meander alongside Three Island Lake. It offers large oaks and pines, the lakeshore water feature, observation points connected by trails.


A. Beechdale Phase ll – This is a continuation of the Phase l development. It expands the nature-themed offerings with additional parks, bridges, raised boardwalks, and great overlooks.

B. Snook/Rookery – Located in a south/central location, this parks overlooks Big Lake, which is well known to nature enthusiasts for a large wading bird rookery. The lake water feature and rookery overlook are great focus points, but the trail will also feature low impact parking and trails, educational and wayfinding signage, and more.

C. Inclusion of Campbell Park, an existing City park. Campbell Park offers a low-impact trail, boardwalks, and a two-story observation tower overlooking Lake McGarity. Fishing and boating are also available, along with pavilions and picnic tables.

D. Deltona Community Gardens, an existing facility offering security fenced raised bed gardening, classes, community based gatherings, and more, will work with the City to expand a “food trail” featuring various native and common non-native fruit and nut trees to augment the gardens.
Partners: Deltona Strong; Volusia County ECHO Grant Program, West Volusia Audubon Society




2018   –Become a Monarch City USA designated city.

(accomplished). Begin a development and publicity program to provide locations, develop locations, promote pollinator friendly locations in both city-owned locations and privately owned locations, and publicize this program through recognition (signs and publicity).

2020     –In 2020, become an official “Pollinator Friendly City”, via the Xerces Association accreditation.

A. Become a “Bee City”, via the Florida Bee Keepers Association.

2020    -Through resolution, become a Bird Sanctuary City.




Themed Event

  1. Resolution to be placed before City of Deltona Commission to declare 2020 “The Year of the Butterfly”.
  2. The initial “City of Deltona Monarch Festival” planned for spring of 2020.



Themed Event

  1. Resolution placed before City of Deltona Commission to declare 2021 “The Year of the Bird”.
  2. The initial “City of Deltona Birding & Nature Festival” in first quarter of 2021.

Partners: West Volusia Audubon Society; Florida Wildlife Commission; Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Department of Greenways & Trails. Deltona Community Gardens, Xerces Association, Monarch City USA


For a full list of Deltona’s Parks, visit the City’s online directory by clicking here: City Park Directory




Ecotourism & Preservation

   Over the past few years, the City of Deltona has focused on the development of nature themed parks, and an extensive trail and bicycle system to access these resources and help the physical as well as the emotional well-being of our citizens.

benefits of ecotourism

   Parks and recreation facilities provide opportunities for physical activity and can help people of all ages lead a more active lifestyle. People who live near parks are more likely to be active, improving their quality of life. Our research documents the most effective ways to improve the design, quality and availability of parks and recreation resources. Making EcoParks accessible in all communities is a critical strategy for increasing physical activity, economic growth and preventing COVID-19.

Florida EcoParks

The City of Deltona EcoParks Initiative

The Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Academy approached the City of Deltona to participate at its national meeting being held in Florida in 2020. Deltona was the only municipal government participating in the academy, which is sponsored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. This was in recognition of the significant strides the City has made to develop and connect residents to nature. The Academy has asked the City of Deltona to share its story at the next Annual Academy Event.

Neighboring Cities of Sanford and DeBary are working with Deltona Staff to cooperatively market and share our collective Natural Assets. Taken together, these three city’s form a region with exceptional outdoor recreational assets. Moving forward, this three city partnership will continue to cooperatively enhance our complementary efforts.

The City of Deltona contained a feature article in an edition of the Florida Fish and Wildlife publication called “Catch a Wild Tourist”. This article outlines the City’s overarching goal of creating passive outdoor nature parks within a city often associated with suburbanization. View the article here: @MyFWC “Kite Tales”

The Conservation Florida Organization is working with the City to make the 483 Acre D-Ranch publicly accessible to educate residents and visitors on natural areas, EcoParks and wildlife corridors.




Earth Day & Backyard Birding

Stuck at home? Try “Backyard Birding” & Home Gardening

Are you enjoying all of the binge-watching you can handle? Youtube, Netflix, Disney+ and many more options available to keep you entertained at home while self-isolating. Sure, you may have learned some new recipes by now. Maybe even finished an entire game of Monopoly… we think it’s time for you to try something new. Audubon Society put together some helpful hints on what we can do to keep ourselves happy and productive while fighting the Corona Virus through quarantine. Try “Backyard Birding” 


While we are all locked away…Deltona is beginning production of our virtual EcoPark tours, online classes on birding, and our Backyard Homesteading. Wednesday is Earth Day! Celebrate…Earth Abides.

Basketball Camp

Deltona Parks and Recreation Presents:

Holiday Hoops

Basketball Camp at Wes Crile


This is great for Families over the first Holiday break. ?
Holiday Hoops Basketball Camp at Wes Crile Park ?
Watch Deltona TV for more of the action! ?
#deltona #acityonthemove #youth #basketball

Follow this link to see a full list of Deltona’s parks: Deltona parks Directory

Join the staff of Deltona Parks & Recreation for a Holiday Hoops Basketball Camp over Thanksgiving break at Wes Crile Park. The camp is for boys and girls, ages 6 to 13 and will be from 9 a.m. to noon, daily.
Nov. 25-27, in the Wes Crile Gymnasium, 1537 Norbert Terrace.

Cost is $25 per child, cash or check only accepted at Wes Crile or in the Deltona Parks & Recreation Office at City Hall, 2345 Providence Boulevard. Participants are asked to bring a water bottle and an extra shirt. For more information, email ssingletary@deltonafl.gov
or call (386) 878-8940

Deltona Commercial Properties

Now is the time! ?NEW CONSTRUCTION?
Build your business in Deltona.

   Halifax Crossing, Deltona Village and other properties near the Howland I-4 corridor are available.
An over 1 million square foot distribution center has been approved for the City of Deltona, Florida, located near Howland Blvd. & I-4 on North Normandy. So if you are looking to build your business, now really is the time. Follow the “Properties” link below to see what’s available.↙️


“Moving at the speed of business, not bureaucracy.”
-Jerry Mayes, Deltona Means Business
Jerry Mayes

Jerry Mayes, Economic Development and Eco-Tourism Sustainability Manager.



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