Taken from the City Website:
On April 26, 1867 at 12 Noon, the community of Port Orange was established on the banks of the Halifax River. Now some 140 years later, it is a community of 56,067 people who call this place home. It was not until the mid 1970?s when Dunlawton Avenue was extended from the FEC railroad to Nova Road did Port Orange start to see the early growth that would happen in the mid 1980s. According to the 1970 US Census, there were only 3,871 calling it home. With the second western extension of Dunlawton all the way out to Interstate 95, which occurred in 1978 with a price tag of $1.8 million, did Port Orange begin to blossom into the large metropolitan community that we know today. Planned by choice, not by chance the city blends beauty and opportunity within its 28 square miles. From its tree-lined streets to its parks, this community is the pride of Volusia County. This family, which we call Port Orange, is made up of some 150 distinct “neighborhoods”. They are the core of this community, making it a great place in which to live, learn, work, and play. Because of the City’s highly regarded development approach, an investment in Port Orange is a secure investment. It is a community characterized by a stable and successful business climate which develops, nurtures, and embraces quality businesses. And so today, as we celebrate over 135 years as a community, we are proud to call Port Orange “our home”.