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Sebastian, FL

Sebastian, Florida
City

City hall
Motto: "Home Of Pelican Island"[1]
"Friendly People and Six Old Grouches"[2][3]
Florida

Coordinates: 27°46′58″N 80°28′56″W / 27.78278°N 80.48222°W / 27.78278; -80.48222Coordinates: 27°46′58″N 80°28′56″W / 27.78278°N 80.48222°W / 27.78278; -80.48222

Country United States
State Florida
County  Indian River
Settled 1870s
Incorporated (municipality) Dec. 6, 1924
Incorporated (city) May 18, 1925
Government
 • Type Council-manager government
Area
 • Total 13.5 sq mi (35.1 km2)
 • Land 12.6 sq mi (32.7 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 21,921
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 32958, 32978
Area code(s) 772
FIPS code 12-64825[4]
GNIS feature ID 0295607[5]
Website City of Sebastian Florida

Sebastian is a city in Indian River County, State of Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 21,929.[6]

Sebastian is a principal city of the Sebastian−Vero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Indian River County.

History

In 1715, several Spanish ships loaded with treasure (known as the 1715 Treasure Fleet) encountered a storm off the shores of the Treasure Coast and were lost.[7] It is estimated that only a portion of the sunken treasure has been found. The value placed on the treasure lost from the 1715 fleet has been estimated at over $500 million USD.

The town of Sebastian was a fishing village as early as the 1870s. It was officially founded in 1882[7] and originally named St. Sebastian, after Saint Sebastian.[8] Later “St.” was removed from the name of the town, but not from the river. Sebastian was incorporated as a city in 1923. Nearby Pelican Island was declared as the country’s first National Wildlife refuge in 1903.

Geography

Climate

Climate data for Sebastian
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 73
(23)
74
(23)
77
(25)
80
(27)
85
(29)
88
(31)
89
(32)
89
(32)
87
(31)
83
(28)
77
(25)
73
(23)
81.3
(27.4)
Average low °F (°C) 54
(12)
56
(13)
59
(15)
64
(18)
68
(20)
72
(22)
74
(23)
74
(23)
74
(23)
69
(21)
62
(17)
56
(13)
65.2
(18.3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.1
(53)
2.2
(56)
3.5
(89)
3.5
(89)
3.6
(91)
5.1
(130)
5.8
(147)
6.0
(152)
9.1
(231)
7.1
(180)
2.4
(61)
1.6
(41)
52
(1,320)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2010,[9] there were 21,921 people, 9,508 households, and 6.462 families residing within the city consisting of 10,815 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 90.5% White, 5.3% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.00% of the population.

The household category breakdown is 21.5% having children under the age of 16 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present. Meanwhile 32.00% consisted of non-traditional families or unrelated individuals. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 85 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the city the population was distributed 52.4% female and 47.6% male with the following age ranges, 15.8% under the age of 16, 6.0% from 15 to 19, 3.7% from 20 to 24, 3.8% from 25 to 29, and 26.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.1 years.

The per capita income for the city was $24,959 in 2010.[10] About 4.8% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government

The Government of the City of Sebastian follows a Council-manager government model with a five member City Council as the elected governing body and a City Manager as the chief operating officer. Members of the City Council serve two-year terms with staggered elections.

Education

School District of Indian River County operates public schools.

There are three elementary schools (Sebastian Elementary,[12] Pelican Island Elementary,[13] and Treasure Coast Elementary[14]) two middle schools (Sebastian River Middle School[15] and Storm Grove Middle School[16]) and one high school, Sebastian River High School, in the city.

Located to the west of the city center on County Road 512, the Sebastian Public Library[17] is part of the Indian River County Library System.

Notable people

See also

References

External links

  • City of Sebastian Florida Portal style website, Government, Business, Library, Recreation and more
  • City-Data.com Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Sebastian
  • ePodunk


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