As one of the fastest-growing cities in Volusia County, DeLand continues to show that it is a destination that can both embrace its rich history and provide a sense of community. DeLand is the seat of Volusia County and home to award-winning Stetson University. Classified as a National Historic District Stetson it is the oldest private university in Florida. DeLand also has the nationally recognized and award-winning MainStreet DeLand Association, now celebrating 30 years of success. It was the recipient of the "Great American MainStreet Award" and has been voted as the best MainStreet in Florida five times.
DeLand has another unique distinction as the Skydiving Capital of the World. Skydiving is a major industry here, employing over 600 workers from the area. The aviation-friendly city has a first-class municipal airport that operates 24 hours a day and features two runways, corporate and private hangers and is part of an outstanding Municipal Business Park. Within and adjacent to this Business Park are many small to very large companies engaged in manufacturing, assembly, electronics, communications, engineering and production of medical products. A designated foreign trade zone, it offers easy access to Interstate 4, Interstate 95, 3 major airports and 3 major sea ports. Prime locations exist for aviation-related businesses, corporate headquarters, back office operations, distribution, and light industrial and high tech operations. Over 90 acres of ready to develop land are currently available within the park.
From museums and arts programs, and from recreational facilities to nationally recognized sporting organizations and events, DeLand’s ongoing activities and family-friendly entertainment options keep it at the top of the list of best places to live – year after year.
DeLand has an entrepreneurial spirit and long history of successful public/private partnerships working together to make our community a better place to live, work and play. Visit DeLand to experience what makes it such a special place.