Deltona is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the most populous city in Volusia County. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Monroe along the St. Johns River in Central Florida. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 85,182.
The area of current Deltona and surrounding communities was originally inhabited by nomadic Timucuans, who found fish and fresh water plentiful in the area. After Florida became a state in 1845, steamboats began to make regular trips up the St. Johns River to Lake Monroe.George Sauls, a former secret agent for theConfederacy during the American Civil War, along with his wife Adeline and six children, were the first settlers in the area in 1859.What now constitutes the city was originally developed in 1962 as Deltona Lakes by Elliott, Robert and Frank Mackle as a planned residential community through the purchase of 17,203 acres of land. The development would open to potential land buyers on November 18, 1962, and included out-parcels for drainage retention, apartments, churches, parks, commercial centers, an industrial area, a community center, and a golf course.Deltona Lakes would become incorporated as a city on December 31, 1995, with its name shortened to Deltona.