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Living in Indian River County


Indian River County is a county located in the Treasure Coast region of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2020 census, the population was 159,788. Its seat is Vero Beach. It is Florida’s 7th richest county and in 2000 was the 87th richest county in the U.S. by per capita income.

Indian River County comprises the Sebastian-Vero Beach, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie, Florida, Combined Statistical Area.

Prior to 1821 the area of Indian River County was part of the Spanish colony of East Florida. In 1822 this area became part of St. Johns County, and in 1824 it became part of Mosquito County (original name of Orange County).

The Second Seminole War was fought in 1835 and from 1838 to 1839. Fort Vinton was built for this purpose near the intersection of present-day Florida State Road 60 and 122nd Avenue.

In 1844 the county’s portion of Mosquito County became part of newly created St. Lucia County. In 1855 St. Lucia County was renamed Brevard County. In 1905 St. Lucie County was formed from the southern portion of Brevard County; in 1925 Indian River County was formed from the northern portion of St. Lucie County. It was named for the Indian River, which runs through the eastern portion of the county.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 617 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 503 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 114 square miles (300 km2) (18.5%) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • Brevard County – north
  • St. Lucie County – south
  • Okeechobee County – southwest
  • Osceola County – northwest

National protected areas

  • Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Climate and birds

Eight bird species in Indian River County are listed as “highly vulnerable” to climate change:

  • Red-headed woodpecker
  • Gray kingbird
  • Fish crow
  • Brown thrasher
  • Eastern towhee
  • Boat-tailed grackle
  • Snail kite
  • Yellow-throated warbler


  • New Hibiscus Airpark
  • Sebastian Municipal Airport
  • Vero Beach Regional Airport

Bus systems

GoLine is Indian River County’s main method of public transportation. The program was introduced in 1994 to provide an alternative option to driving. Due to County population increases in the early and mid 2000s, Indian River County devised a series of bus routes from Barefoot Bay in southern Brevard County to the south end of Vero Beach. In 2006, GoLine (formerly known as Indian River Transit) was introduced with more stops along and through the Treasure Coast. By 2010, the GoLine system had a total of 14 stops with an additional four stops planned for 2011/2012. Riders pay no fare or fee to board the bus. In 2010 the buses operated between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. weekdays and from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Saturdays. Some routes have extended operating hours depending on location.


There is planning underway for an Amtrak station in Vero Beach. Florida East Coast Railway serves a team yard in Vero Beach for off-line customers that don’t have direct rail service via spurs. There are two lumber and sheetrock/structural steel customers who receive boxcars, center beam and bulkhead flatcars, and occasionally- gondolas, at the team yard.

Healthcare, education, government, and retail sales are important employment segments in Indian River County. As of 2019, the largest employers in the county were:

  • Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital
  • School Board of Indian River County
  • Indian River County
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Piper Aircraft
  • Walmart
  • Sebastian River Medical Center
  • John’s Island
  • Indian River Estates
  • Visiting Nurse Association
  • City of Vero Beach
  • CVS Warehouse
  • St. Edward’s School
  • Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
  • City of Sebastian
  • Flight Safety International
  • B & W Quality Growers
  • Indian River County Main Library, in Vero Beach
  • North Indian River County Library, in Sebastian
  • The Brackett Library, at the Indian River State College Mueller Campus, in Vero Beach

Indian River County School District operates public schools. Public high schools include:

  • Freshman Learning Center (VBHS)
  • Indian River Charter High School
  • Sebastian River High School
  • Vero Beach High School

Private schools

  • Glendale Christian School
  • Indian River Christian School
  • Master’s Academy
  • St. Edwards School
  • St. Helen Catholic School
  • Tabernacle Baptist School
  • The Willow School
  • SunCoast Primary School

Colleges and universities

  • Indian River State College Mueller Center
  • Indian River State College Sebastian Campus


  • Fellsmere
  • Sebastian
  • Vero Beach


  • Indian River Shores
  • Orchid

Census-designated places

  • Florida Ridge
  • Gifford
  • Roseland
  • South Beach
  • Vero Beach South
  • Wabasso
  • Wabasso Beach
  • West Vero Corridor
  • Windsor (formerly North Beach)
  • Winter Beach

Other unincorporated communities

  • Blue Cypress Village
  • Cummings
  • Nevins
  • Oslo
  • Riomar
  • Royal Poinciana Park
  • Vero Lake Estates

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