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In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.

Indian River County, Florida

Indian River County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Vero Beach
Year Organized: 1925
Square Miles: 503
Court House:

1840 25th Street
County Administration Building
Vero Beach, FL 32960-3328

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Indian River


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Indian River County was created in 1925. It was named for the Indian River Lagoon, 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 (1,598 kmē), of which, 503 square miles (1,303 kmē) of it is land and 114 square miles (294 kmē) 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

Cities and Towns:

- Fellsmere city Incorporated Area
- Indian River Shores town Incorporated Area
- Orchid town Incorporated Area
- Sebastian city Incorporated Area
- Vero Beach (County Seat) city Incorporated Area

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