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Indian River County, Florida

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Indian River County is a county located in the Treasure Coast region in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 138,028. Its county seat is Vero Beach, Florida. 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, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie, FL Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Indian River County Name

Indian River


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County History

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, in 1824 it became part of Mosquito County (original name of Orange County), and in 1844 its portion of Mosquito County became part of newly created St. Lucia County. In 1855 St. Lucia County was renamed Brevard County.

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 Lagoon, which runs through the eastern portion of the county.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 617 square miles (1,598 km2), of which, 503 square miles (1,303 km2) of it is land and 114 square miles (294 km2) of it is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean. The total area is 18.43% water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Brevard County
  • East: North Atlantic Ocean
  • South: St. Lucie County
  • Southwest: Okeechobee County
  • West: Osceola County


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 Lower School
  • St. Edwards Upper School
  • St. Helen's Catholic School
  • Tabernacle Baptist School
  • The Willow School
  • SunCoast Primary School

Colleges and universities

  • Barry University Vero Beach Campus
  • Indian River State College Mueller Center
  • Indian River State College Sebastian Campus
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