Winter Beach, Florida

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Winter Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Indian River County, Florida, United States. The population was 965 at the 2000 census. It is part of the SebastianVero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Winter Beach is located at 27°42′50″N 80°25′28″W / 27.71389°N 80.42444°W / 27.71389; -80.42444 (27.714006, -80.424329)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.9 km²), of which, 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²) of it is land and 0.14% is water.


Winter Beach was originally established as the town of Woodley, in the late 1890s. In 1902, the community's name was changed to Quay, in honor of Senator Matthew S. Quay of Pennsylvania. Senator Quay had introduced a Senate bill to widen and deepen the Intercoastal Waterway which the community thought would be of benefit. Senator Quay was a winter resident of St. Lucie Village, just north of Fort Pierce, where his old home still stands. In 1922 the name of the community was changed, for promotional purposes to Winter Beach, "Where the Sunshine Spends the Winter." In 1925, Indian River County was established, and Winter Beach almost became the county seat, however the then town of Vero (now Vero Beach) was an incorporated city, and was selected as the county seat.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 965 people, 373 households, and 298 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 140.1 people per square mile (54.1/km²). There were 405 housing units at an average density of 58.8/sq mi (22.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.20% White, 1.45% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.62% Asian, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 373 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.76.

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