Port Orange is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The population was 45,823 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 52,793.
History - Port Orange was founded in 1867 by Dr. John Milton Hawks on the banks of the Halifax River. Dr. Hawks was a surgeon of the United States Army and founded the Florida Land and Lumber Company with fellow officers of the Union Army after the Civil War and settled 500 freed slaves north of Spruce Creek on Halifax River. In 1867 Dr. Hawks moved the settlement, which he called Orange Port, to its present location. Because the city name was already taken, he named the settlement Port Orange in the same year.
Geography - According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.7 miles, 24.7 miles of it is land and 2.0 miles of it (7.39%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 45,823 people, 19,574 households, and 13,232 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,854.7/mile. There were 21,102 housing units at an average density of 854.1/mile.
There were 19,574 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.76.
In the city the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,783, and the median income for a family was $44,684. Males had a median income of $32,147 versus $22,391 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,628.