Indian River County Community Profiles

Indian River County, the crown jewel of Florida's Treasure Coast, enjoys an international reputation among vacationers and business executives alike. With a quality of life unique even to Florida, Indian River County is where lifestyle and work style unite to create a highly productive and profitable environment. , made up of five districts, is governed by a five-member commission elected county-wide. Within the county are five incorporated municipalities. Indian River County government can be found at

Centrally located 75 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center and 135 miles north of Miami, our 543 square miles contain beautiful beaches, immaculate ocean and river front communities and endless groves of renowned Indian River oranges and grapefruit.

Over 112,000 people reside in Indian River County, enjoying a climate moderated by the warm tropical waters of the Gulf Stream. Balmy winters combine with summer’s fresh ocean breezes to keep the average temperature a delicious 73 degrees, allowing residents to swim, golf, and play tennis all year long.

In addition, the 26 miles of unspoiled beaches, the serene waterscapes of the Sebastian and Indian Rivers, and miles of pristine woodlands and fields provide an endless array of recreational adventures. Free from urban sprawl and congestion, Indian River County offers the ideal setting for living life to its fullest.

Indian River County

Vero Beach
The City of Vero Beach is the county seat and the largest incorporated municipality with an estimated population of more than 17,700. Greenery, open space, unspoiled beaches, and ocean vistas characterize this community which is the commercial and cultural center of the county. Originally a stop on the Florida East Coast Railroad, Vero Beach was incorporated in 1910. The city is under a council-manager form of government. More information about the City of Vero Beach government can be found at

At the northern end of the county, Sebastian is a community of an estimated 16,181 people. It grew up around the fishing industry and today is enjoyed by residents as well as visitors for surfing, fishing, swimming, boating and other water-oriented activities. An incorporated city, Sebastian has the friendliness of a small town. It has a council-manager form of government. More information about Sebastian City government can be found at

A rural town of an estimated 3,800 residents in northwestern Indian River County, Fellsmere was once a center for growing sugar cane and pineapple. Today, the community's economy is based on citrus crops and cattle. It is incorporated and has a council-mayor form of government.

Indian River Shores
Between ocean and river north of Vero Beach, Indian River Shores is an exclusive residential community with an estimated population of more than 3,654, many of whom are retired corporate executives. It is incorporated and has a council-manager form of government.

Orchid, with its population of about 140, is a new, luxury, barrier island community. It is incorporated and has a council-manager form of government.

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