DeBary is a small Florida town on the shore of the St. Johns River that’s only about 34 miles away from Daytona Beach. With a population of 19,648, DeBary is a tight-knit community that holds festivals throughout the year such as the Harvest Fall Festival and the Father Daughter Dance. Want to find local movers in DeBary? View the list of local Atlas® Agents here.
DeBary is named after one of the earliest European settlers on the east coast of Florida, Samuel Frederick De Bary, who built an 8,000 square foot Italianate southern plantation house on the land in 1870. With his partner Hanero Baya, he formed the highly successful DeBary-Baya Merchant’s Line, transporting people and crops to and from Jacksonville. Once the population of DeBary surpassed 10,000 in 1993, residents voted three to one to incorporate.
Like much of Florida, DeBary has a highly agreeable climate, with mild winters, lots of sunshine, and zero snowfall. On the rare days when it does rain, it pours; DeBary receives an average of 52 inches of rainfall per year. The high temperature in July is about 92 degrees on average, while the low temperature in January is around 47 degrees.
DeBary is served by Interstate Highway 4 and U.S. Highway 17. The average commute time is about 30 minutes. The first phase of the SunRail commuter rail that links DeBary and Orlando is currently operational, and even more stations will be connected in the future.
Cost of Living in DeBary
The cost of living in DeBary is only slightly more expensive than the United States average. While expenses like housing, healthcare, and utilities are at or below the average rate, DeBary residents pay a bit more for transportation and groceries. Are you considering relocating to DeBary? Want to know how far your salary can go in the Daytona Beach area? Use the resources below to find out.
DeBary is served by Volusia County Schools, a district that consists of over 60 public elementary, middle, and high schools. DeBary Elementary is the only school in the city proper. The University of Central Florida is only 30 miles away in Orlando and has over 210 degree programs, including 86 master’s programs and 27 research doctorates.
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and the Central Florida Regional Hospital are the closest healthcare facilities to DeBary. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a not for profit hospital named after legendary philanthropist Judge Bert Fish and has a 139-bed capacity. It was a recipient of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ in 2006 and 2007.
DeBary Real Estate
There are 8,978 housing units in DeBary with an owner-occupied rate of 77 percent. The median home value is $185,000, which is almost exactly the United States average. The typical rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,170 per month. Homes in DeBary have appreciated by over 30 percent in the last five years and will likely continue to increase in value after the completion of SunRail.
The Cassadaga Hotel in nearby Lake Helen is an affordable and somewhat unusual lodging option. Billing itself as a haunted hotel and a “Psychic Center” where mediums gather and attend seminars, it may not be for everyone, but a standard double occupancy room is only $65 to $90 and there’s a gourmet coffee bar in the lobby. For a more standard bed and breakfast experience, try the Higgins House, a 19th century Queen Anne Victorian gem framed by a small botanical garden and rare palm collection.
Nonna Maria’s Pizzeria is a family-owned and operated by Marcelo, who inherited his passion for cooking from his nonna (Italian for “grandmother”). The dough and sauce are made from scratch daily. Sake Thai-Sushi is an Asian fusion joint that offers Thai dishes like Masaman curry and Pad kee mao, as well as specialty sushi rolls like the Kimchee roll (with conch, cucumber, asparagus, scallions and spicy sauce).
Things to Do in DeBary
Experience the St. Johns River up close on The Naiad, the cruising catamaran of St. Johns River Eco Tours, and see the alligators, manatees, feral pigs, armadillos, wading birds, and many more species that make up the river ecosystem. There are two tours per day – one at 10 a.m. and another at 1:30 p.m. FamilyFun Archery is a 12,000 square foot archery education center with an indoor, air-conditioned, 20 lane archery range configured to change target distance according to skill level. Don’t have equipment? They have Genesis Original range bows and arrows available for rent.