• As of the census of 2000, there were 20,048 people, 9,839 households, and 5,844 families residing in the city. The population density was 279.5/km sq (724.1/mi sq). There were 13,618 housing units at an average density of 189.9/km sq (491.9/mi sq). The racial makeup of the city was 91.57% White, 6.27% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from Race (United States Census)other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.50% of the population. There were 9,839 households, out of which 14.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were Marriagemarried couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.6% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.52. In the city the population was spread out with 13.9% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 34.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $35,372, and the median income for a family was $43,409. Males had a median income of $29,544 versus $25,706 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,547. About 7.3% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over. New Smyrna Beach is unique from other beachfront towns in east-central Florida because it is completely isolated on its beachside, and borders no other towns or cities on the island. This has allowed the city of New Smyrna Beach to develop in a unique manner especially over the past few years, with its "main drag" areas of Flagler Avenue and E. Canal Street becoming quickly transformed into upscale shopping districts. Its distinguished location only 45 miles from Orlando, 110 miles from Jacksonville, 245 miles from Miami, and close proximity to Disney World and The Daytona International Speedway has caused New Smyrna Beach to become a popular second home destination, especially from Orlando metro area bedroom communities such as Heathrow, Windermere, Altamonte Springs, Orlando, and Winter Park. Hundreds of wealthy Winter Park families now claim second residency in New Smyrna Beach, causing New Smyrna Beach to experience a real-estate boom that has resulted in property values skyrocketing within the last five years. The average home on Beachside New Smyrna Beach has risen from just above $100,000 six years ago to well over $325,000 today, with many homes selling for as much as five million dollars. The mainland, however, remains much more affordable. Due to these explosive growth situations, the city has found it difficult to manage growth, and has thus put strict requirements in place, although the city is famous for buying out to developers for the right price. Even so, no buildings are allowed to be built on the beachside over eight stories, and this may soon be changed to six. This rule, enacted over twenty years ago, keeps the ocean in view, and drives condominium prices higher so that the developer may recoup the same costs that they would from building a highrise. Disney also designated New Smyrna Beach as its chosen family destination beach in 2006. Source:

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