Daytona Beach

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A+ Daytona Beach Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Daytona Beach Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than Florida
Daytona Beach
8911% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Daytona Beach cost of living
F Daytona Beach Crime Total crime is 131% higher than Florida
Total crime
6,760146% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 15146% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-17%Year over year crime is down
Daytona Beach crime
F Daytona Beach Employment Household income is 39% lower than Florida
Median household income
$29,58747% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,85927% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%7% higher than the US average
Daytona Beach employment
D Daytona Beach Housing Home value is 30% lower than Florida
Median home value
$117,20037% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$79117% lower than the US average
Home ownership
45%30% lower than the US average
Daytona Beach real estate
D Daytona Beach Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Florida
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
44%10% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:128% lower than the US average
Daytona Beach K-12 schools or Daytona Beach colleges

Living in Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona Beach is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Florida. The city has a population of 64,105 residents. Daytona Beach is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (58%) and Black or African American (34%). Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Daytona Beach is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 20 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Daytona Beach, Florida. The best areas in Daytona Beach and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Florida and national averages.

Using data and statistics Daytona Beach has received a livability score of 69 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 58th percentile when compared to all other cities. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Daytona Beach scores well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+) and weather (A). On a less positive note, Daytona Beach does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F), education (D), employment (F) and housing (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Daytona Beach has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Beach at Daytona Beach, Daytona International Speedway, and Ponce Inlet.

Assuming that Daytona Beach meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Daytona Beach. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Daytona Beach are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Daytona Beach come in at $117,200, which is 29.7% lower than the Florida average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Daytona Beach, the home price to income ratio is 4, which is 17.6% higher than the Florida average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Daytona Beach area were 11.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 12%.

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What happened Daytona?

Lived here in the 80s, right by the Fleamarket near the speedway. Used to go to the beach and boardwalk. Used to roam the neighborhoods. Used to go bar hopping. Used to do this. Used to do that. Now I feel like I have to look over my shoulder to make sure I'm not about to be jumped. A1A used to be the place to go, especially around the boardwalk. Now its practically a dump. I used to go into Daytona for bike week and spring break, and the city council eliminated spring break? Even though that might be a good thing now because all the great things about spring break are gone....MTV, bands, celebrity comedians, and so forth. The generation today can't touch what we had in the 80s. Although the sad part about getting rid of spring break, that's what brought money into Daytona beach. It brought tourists, local companies made money, now its gone. The city went and revitalized the roads and such around the boardwalk, but what did it do? NOTHING. The city spent tons of money, and it did nothing to improve its image.WELCOME TO DAYTONA BEACH: THE WORLDS MOST FILTHIEST BEACH.
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Pretty beaches don't make for pleasant living

The Bad Things First:

There are not the amenities many like to see in more upscale areas -- no Trader Joe's, no Whole Foods, no good clothing stores. There are many chain restaurants, and, surprisingly, there are no really good seafood restaurants in the area. You have to drive to Ormond Beach or Port Orange for better choices. The Volusia Mall is a disappointment. The choices in even well-known stores like Macy's are less than desirable.

Aside from the crime problem, the county has one of the highest gas taxes in the state, thereby boosting gas prices. It's very annoying to drive one county over and see the gas prices .20 per gallon cheaper. The county also had one of the higher foreclosure rates in the state, which was itself among the top in the country.

The high school graduation rate is in the high 60's, not in the 80's as reported here. Sadly, if you spend time here, you will see this is fairly evident. People belch loudly in restaurants. I have had to hose spit from my car windows after parking in shopping center parking lots. There is a high homeless population.

The work ethic in the area is, generally, pretty bad and service tends to be disappointing. Professionalism is not something that people seem to care about around here and can be a real jolt to people moving here from other places.

It's a shame that salaries are so low in this area when so many costs are so high, such as water and trash pick up and gasoline. If there is a sprinkler system in your yard, the City of Daytona bills you monthly at least $15 even if you do not use the system! Lots of problematic things like this. Residents need a break.

The Good Things:

The weather in the fall and generally throughout the winter is very good. Spring isn't bad, either.

If you travel beyond the usual tourist spots, you will find incredible nature. There are so many wooded areas and springs that are pretty much untouched. The birds are amazing. I highly recommend Canaveral National Seashore (south of Daytona), Ponce Inlet, Blue Springs State Park, Deleon Springs, Tomoka State Park, "The Loop," and beyond. St. Augustine is only one hour north of Daytona.

I don't know where you might find prettier beaches.
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Have a Great Time in Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona Beach is a very nice place to visit. Having lived in the Ohio area for most of my life, I am glad I took the time out to visit this city. I was amazed by the beach and the water. I have never witnessed such a beautiful beach. The weather was great in Daytona Beach as well. It was a welcome break from the dreary fall weather of Ohio.

The night life in Daytona Beach is excellent. There always seemed to be a party going on and it seemed like people just wanted to have a good time. Daytona Beach is a city that can make you forget that you have any troubles in the world. After a day of relaxing on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you can have the party of your life at night. How many cities can offer that mix? Not many can do it the way this city does.

If you have a chance to visit, get there. If you don't have the time, make the time. You will not regret spending time in Daytona Beach.
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Source: The Daytona Beach, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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