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Palm Beach County, Florida
Seal of Palm Beach County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Palm Beach County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the U.S. highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Seat West Palm Beach
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,386 sq mi (6,180 km²)
1,974 sq mi (5,113 km²)
412 sq mi (1,067 km²), 17.27%
Population
 -  Density

1,351,236
572/sq mi (221/km²)
Founded April 30, 1909
Named for Palm Beach, Florida
Website www.co.palm-beach.fl.us

Palm Beach County is the largest county in the state of Florida in area. As of 2007, the rapidly-growing county's estimated population was 1,351,236[1], making it the third most populous in the state and the twenty ninth most populous in the United States. Over 40 percent of the county's population lives in unincorporated areas near the Atlantic coast.

Palm Beach County is one of three counties comprising the South Florida metropolitan area, and having been formed in 1909, is the area's second oldest. Its largest city and county seat is West Palm Beach (Central County), which has an incorporated population of over 105,000 and an unincorporated population of 250,000. Boca Raton (South County), is the second largest, having a population approaching 90,000. Boynton Beach (South County), is the third largest city, with a population nearing 70,000 residents.[2].

With wealthy coastal towns such as Palm Beach, Jupiter, Manalapan, and Boca Raton within its limits, as well as equestrian mecca Wellington and golfing haven Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County is Florida's wealthiest county, with a per capita personal income of $44,518 as of 2004.[3]

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History

Palm Beach County was created in 1909. It was named for its first settled community, Palm Beach, in turn named for the palm trees and beaches in the area. The County was carved out of what was then the northern portion of Dade County, and stretched northward to Brevard county, comprising part of the areas now occupied by Okeechobee and Broward counties, and all of Martin and Palm Beach counties, initially including all of Lake Okeechobee. The southernmost part of Palm Beach County was separated to create the northern portion of Broward County in 1915, the northwestern portion became part of Okeechobee County 1917 and Martin County was created from northernmost Palm Beach County in 1925. About three-quarters of Lake Okeechobee was removed from Palm Beach County in 1963 and divided up among Glades, Hendry, Martin and Okeechobee counties.[4]

Henry Flagler, who made his home in Palm Beach, was instrumental in the county's development in the early 1900s with the extension of the Florida East Coast Railway through the county from Jacksonville to Key West.

Geography

View of Lake Okeechobee from Pahokee.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,386 square miles (6,181 km²).1,974 square miles (5,113 km²) of it is land (making it the largest Florida county by area) and 412 square miles (1,068 km²) of it is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Okeechobee. The total area is 17.27% water.

The boundaries of area code 561 exactly match the county's. Originally, it was part of area code 305, and later area code 407.

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Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

2000 Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 5,577
1920 18,654 234.5%
1930 51,781 177.6%
1940 79,989 54.5%
1950 114,688 43.4%
1960 228,106 98.9%
1970 348,753 52.9%
1980 576,863 65.4%
1990 863,518 49.7%
2000 1,131,184 31.0%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,131,184 people, 474,175 households, and 303,946 families residing in the county. The population density was 573 people per square mile (221/km²). Approximately 41% of Palm Beach County's population resides in unincorporated areas within the county. There were 556,428 housing units at an average density of 282 per square mile (109/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.05% White (70.6% were Non-Hispanic White,)[6] 13.80% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.98% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. 12.44% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. In relation to ancestry (excluding the various Hispanic and Latino ancestries), 10% were Italian, 9% German, 8% Irish, 8% American, 6% English, 4% Russian, and 4% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.[7]

196,852 of Palm Beach County residents, or 17.4% percent of the total population, were foreign-born (43% of whom were naturalized U.S. citizens).[7] The most common countries of foreign-born residents included Haiti (14%), Cuba (10%), Mexico (9%), Jamaica (6%), Canada (5%), Colombia (5%), and the United Kingdom (3%).[7]

There were 474,175 households out of which 24.90% reported children under the age of 18 living in the household, 50.80% were married couples living together without children, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.90% were non-related individuals. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

Age ranges found in the county were 21.30% under the age of 18, 6.60% aged 18 to 24, 27.00% aged 25 to 44, 22.00% aged 45 to 64, and 23.20% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. Overall, the female to male ratio was 100:93. The female to male ratio for those over the age of 18 was 100:91.

The median household income was $45,062, and the median income for a family was $53,701. Males had a median income of $36,931 versus $28,674 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,801. About 6.90% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.30% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

2008 Census Report

U.S. Census Bureau 2008 Ethnic/Race Demographics:[8]

The median price of an existing home in Palm Beach County as of September, 2006 is $380,900.[10]

Languages

As of 2000, 78.36% of all residents spoke English as a primary language, while 11.89% spoke Spanish, 2.81% French Creole, 1.12% French, 0.76% Italian, 0.68% German, and 0.52% of the population spoke Yiddish. In total, 78.36% spoke English as a primary language, while 21.64% spoke languages other than English.[11]

Politics

Palm Beach County has trended heavily towards Democrats in recent Presidential Elections. It was the center of a worldwide media storm in 2000, when it was ground zero for the recount in the extremely controversial election between eventual winner George W. Bush over Al Gore. The controversy stemmed from the infamous butterfly ballot in Palm Beach County, where many voters later claimed they mistakenly voted for Independent Pat Buchanan instead of Al Gore because of the design of the ballot. In the end, Gore won the county, but Bush captured the state by just 537 votes (out of nearly 5 million cast, a difference of .009%) after the recount was halted by the US Supreme Court. (Bush vs. Gore)

Presidential Election Results 1960-2008
Year Democrat Republican
2008 61.50% 342,527 37.90% 211,163
2004 60.35% 328,687 39.05% 212,688
2000 62.27% 269,754 35.31% 152,964
1996 58.06% 230,687 33.68% 133,811
1992 46.36% 187,869 34.63% 140,350
1988 44.07% 144,199 55.47% 181,495
1984 38.32% 116,091 61.67% 186,811
1980 36.37% 91,991 56.79% 143,639
1976 48.68% 96,705 49.45% 98,236
1972 27.18% 40,825 72.35% 108,670
1968 28.08% 32,837 53.19% 62,191
1964 46.91% 43,836 53.09% 49,614
1960 39.72% 29,871 60.28% 45,337

Borders

Palm Beach County borders Martin County to the North, the Atlantic Ocean to the East, Broward County to the South, Hendry County to the West, and extends into Lake Okeechobee in the Northwest, where it borders Okeechobee County and Glades County at one point in the center of the lake.

Municipalities and census-designated places

Incorporated

Map of incorporated cities.
  1. City of Pahokee
  2. City of Belle Glade
  3. City of South Bay
  4. Village of Tequesta
  5. Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony
  6. Town of Jupiter
  7. Town of Juno Beach
  8. City of Palm Beach Gardens
  9. Village of North Palm Beach
  10. Town of Lake Park
  11. City of Riviera Beach
  12. Town of Palm Beach Shores
  13. Town of Mangonia Park
  14. Town of Palm Beach
  15. City of West Palm Beach
  16. Town of Haverhill
  17. Town of Glen Ridge
  18. Town of Cloud Lake
  19. Village of Palm Springs
  20. Town of Lake Clarke Shores
  21. Village of Royal Palm Beach
  22. Village of Wellington
  23. City of Greenacres
  24. City of Atlantis
  25. City of Lake Worth
  26. Town of South Palm Beach
  27. Town of Lantana
  28. Town of Manalapan
  29. Town of Hypoluxo
  30. City of Boynton Beach
  31. Town of Ocean Ridge
  32. Village of Golf
  33. Town of Briny Breezes
  34. Town of Gulf Stream
  35. City of Delray Beach
  36. Town of Highland Beach
  37. City of Boca Raton
  38. Town of Loxahatchee Groves

Unincorporated census-designated places

Education

All of Palm Beach County is served by the School District of Palm Beach County. As of 2006, it was the 4th largest school district in Florida and the 11th largest school district in the United States. As of August, 2006, the district operated 164 schools, including 25 high schools, and, as of July 22, 2006 had an additional 33 charter schools, with seven more scheduled to open in August, 2006.[12] Newsweek listed three Palm Beach County high schools in the top 50 schools in the list 1200 Top U.S. Schools - Atlantic Community High School, Suncoast High School and the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts, all public magnet schools.[13]

Colleges/Universities

Sports

The Palm Beach Imperials are an American Basketball Association 2006 expansion franchise.

The Jupiter Hammerheads are a Single-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins and the Palm Beach Cardinals are a Single High-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams play their games at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Currently, the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins conduct their spring training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Prior to the construction of Roger Dean Stadium, the Montreal Expos and Atlanta Braves held their spring training at Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach. The West Palm Beach Expos, a Single-A affiliate of the Montreal Expos, also played their games there.

Annual events of interest

Places of interest

References

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Local Media

Special districts

Emergency services

Judicial branch

Tourism links

Coordinates: 26°43′N 80°03′W / 26.71°N 80.05°W / 26.71; -80.05


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Palm Beach County, Florida
File:Palm Beach County Seal.png
Map
File:Map of Florida highlighting Palm Beach County.png
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the USA highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded April 30, 1909
Seat West Palm Beach
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 17.27%
wikipedia:Population
 -  Density

1351236
Website: www.co.palm-beach.fl.us
Named for: Palm Beach

Palm Beach County is located in the state of Florida. As of 2007, the county had a population of 1,351,236 according to the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research[1]. The county is the third most populous in the state of Florida and the twenty ninth most populous in the United States. The county's population is over 40% unincorporated.

Palm Beach County is one of three counties that comprise the South Florida metropolitan area, and being formed in 1909, is the area's second oldest county. Its largest city and county seat is West Palm Beach (Central County), who has an incorporated population of over 105,000 and an unincorporated population of 250,000. Boca Raton (South County), is the second largest city, and has a population approaching 90,000. Boynton Beach (South County), is the third largest city, with a population nearing 70,000 residents.[1].

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History

Palm Beach County was created in 1909. It was named for its first settled community, Palm Beach, in turn named for the palm trees and beaches in the area. The County was carved out of what was then the northern half of Dade County. The southern half of Palm Beach County was subsequently carved out to create the northern portion of Broward County in 1915. Henry Flagler was instrumental in the county's development in the early 1900s with the extension of the Florida East Coast Railway through the county from Jacksonville to Key West.

Geography

File:Lake Okeechobee.JPG According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,181 km² (2,386 sq mi). 5,113 km² (1,974 sq mi) of it is land (making it the largest Florida county by area) and 1,068 km² (412 sq mi) of it is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Okeechobee. The total area is 17.27% water.

The boundaries of area code 561 exactly match the county's. Originally, it was part of area code 305, and later area code 407.

Adjacent Counties

Crime

In 2000, crime in Palm Beach County was as follows (2006 report indicates that robbery in Palm Beach County was up 20%):

Crime Number
Total 72,211
Murder 85
Rape 428
Robbery 2,369
Aggravated Assault 5,288
Burglary 14,770
Larceny - theft 41,801
Motor vehicle thefts 7,239
Population 1,097,962
Coverage indicator 100%

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 1,131,184 people, 474,175 households, and 303,946 families residing in the county. The population density was 221/km² (573/sq mi). Approximately 41% of Palm Beach County's population resides in unincorporated areas within the county. There were 556,428 housing units at an average density of 109/km² (282/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 69.05% White, 29.80% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.98% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. 18.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, 9.7% were of Italian, 9.2% German, 8.3% Irish, 7.9% American, 6.5% English and 5.2% West Indian.

There were 474,175 households out of which 24.90% reported children under the age of 18 living in the household, 50.80% were married couples living together without children, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.90% were non-related individuals. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

Age ranges found in the county were 21.30% under the age of 18, 6.60% aged 18 to 24, 27.00% aged 25 to 44, 22.00% aged 45 to 64, and 23.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. Overall, the female to male ratio was 100:93. The female to male ratio for those over the age of 18 was 100:90.5.

The median household income was $45,062, and the median income for a family was $53,701. Males had a median income of $36,931 versus $28,674 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,801. About 6.90% of families and 9.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.30% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

The median price of an existing home in Palm Beach County as of September, 2006 is $380,900.[2]

2005 Estimates

By 2005 65.5% of the population was non-Hispanic whites, 16.1% was Latinos, 16.0% was African-Americans and 2.0% was Asians.[3]

Languages

As of 2000, 78.36% of residents spoke English as a primary language, 11.9 % spoke Spanish, and the remaining 9.74% spoke languages other than English or Spanish.

Borders

Palm Beach County borders Martin County to the North, the Atlantic Ocean to the East, Broward County to the South, Hendry County to the West, and Lake Okeechobee to the Northwest.

Municipalities and census-designated places

Incorporated

File:Cities of Palm Beach County.svg

  1. City of Pahokee
  2. City of Belle Glade
  3. City of South Bay
  4. Village of Tequesta
  5. Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony
  6. Town of Jupiter
  7. Town of Juno Beach
  8. City of Palm Beach Gardens
  9. Village of North Palm Beach
  10. Town of Lake Park
  11. City of Riviera Beach
  12. Town of Palm Beach Shores
  13. Town of Mangonia Park
  14. Town of Palm Beach
  15. City of West Palm Beach
  16. Town of Haverhill
  17. Town of Glen Ridge
  18. Town of Cloud Lake
  19. Village of Palm Springs
  20. Town of Lake Clarke Shores
  21. Village of Royal Palm Beach
  22. Village of Wellington
  23. City of Greenacres
  24. City of Atlantis
  25. City of Lake Worth
  26. Town of South Palm Beach
  27. Town of Lantana
  28. Town of Manalapan
  29. Town of Hypoluxo
  30. City of Boynton Beach
  31. Town of Ocean Ridge
  32. Village of Golf
  33. Town of Briny Breezes
  34. Town of Gulf Stream
  35. City of Delray Beach
  36. Town of Highland Beach
  37. City of Boca Raton
  38. Town of Loxahatchee Groves

Unincorporated census-designated places

Education

All of Palm Beach County is served by the School District of Palm Beach County. As of 2006, it was the 4th largest school district in Florida and the 11th largest school district in the United States. As of August, 2006, the district operated 164 schools, including 25 high schools, and, as of July 22 2006 had an additional 33 charter schools, with seven more scheduled to open in August, 2006.[4] Newsweek listed three Palm Beach County high schools in the top 50 schools in the list 1200 Top U.S. Schools - Atlantic Community High School, Suncoast High School and the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts, all public magnet schools. [5]

Colleges/Universities

Sports

The Palm Beach Imperials are an American Basketball Association 2006 expansion franchise.

The Jupiter Hammerheads are a Single-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins and the Palm Beach Cardinals are a Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams play their games at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Currently, the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins conduct their spring training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Prior to the construction of Roger Dean Stadium, the Montreal Expos and Atlanta Braves held their spring training at Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach. The West Palm Beach Expos, a Single-A affiliate of the Montreal Expos, also played their games there.

Points of interest

References

  1. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_statistics_of_the_United_States#Twenty_most_populous_counties_in_America
  2. ^ Home sales continue plunge (2006-11-21). Retrieved on 2006-12-05.
  3. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/12099.html
  4. ^ School District of Palm Beach County "Just the Facts" 2006-2007 - retrieved August 11 2006
  5. ^ The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools - Newsweek America's Best High Schools - retrieved December 9 2006

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Tourism links

CoordinatesImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif: 26.71° N 80.05° W


Flag of Florida South Florida metropolitan area
Counties Miami-Dade County | Broward County | Palm Beach County
200,000–500,000 Miami | Hialeah
100,000–200,000 Fort Lauderdale | Pembroke Pines | Hollywood | Coral Springs | West Palm Beach | Miramar | Miami Gardens | Pompano Beach
50,000–100,000 Sunrise | Miami Beach | Boca Raton | Plantation | Davie | Kendall | Deerfield Beach | Boynton Beach | Delray Beach | Weston | Fountainbleau | Lauderhill | Tamarac | North Miami | Kendale Lakes | Wellington | Margate | Tamiami | Jupiter
10,000–50,000 Aventura | Belle Glade | Boca Del Mar | Brownsville | Coconut Creek | Cooper City | Coral Gables | Coral Terrace | Country Club | Country Walk | Dania Beach | Doral | Gladeview | Glenvar Heights | Greenacres | Hallandale Beach | Hamptons at Boca Raton | Homestead | Ives Estates | Kendall West | Key Biscayne | Kings Point | Lake Worth | Lake Worth Corridor | Lauderdale Lakes | Leisure City | Lighthouse Point | Miami Lakes | Miami Springs | North Lauderdale | North Palm Beach | Oakland Park |Olympia Heights | Opa-Locka | Ojus | Palm Beach Gardens | Palmetto Bay | Palm Springs |Palmetto Estates | Parkland | Pinecrest | Pinewood | Princeton | Richmond West | Riviera Beach | Royal Palm Beach | Sandalfoot Cove | South Miami | South Miami Heights | Sunny Isles Beach | Sunset | Sweetwater | The Crossings | The Hammocks | University Park | Vero Beach | West Little River | Westchester | West Park, Florida | Westwood Lakes | Wilton Manors
Sports Florida Marlins (baseball) | Miami Heat (basketball) | Miami Dolphins (football) | Florida Panthers (ice hockey)
Airports Miami International Airport (Miami-Dade) | Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (Miami-Dade) | Opa-locka Airport (Miami-Dade) | Homestead General Aviation Airport (Miami-Dade) |

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (Broward) | Palm Beach International Airport (Palm Beach) | Boca Raton Airport (Palm Beach) | Palm Beach County Park Airport (Palm Beach)

Notes † - County Seat
A list of cities under 10,000 is available here.


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Palm Beach County is the largest county in Florida. In 2007 the number of people in Palm Beach County was 1,351,236. [1] The area of Palm Beach County is 2,386 square miles. Palm Beach County was made in 1909. The three largest cities in Palm Beach County are West Palm Beach (first, 150,000 people), Boca Raton (second, almost 90,000 people), and Boynton Beach (third, almost 70,000 people). The county owns the southeastern area of Lake Okeechobee. West Palm Beach is the county seat of Palm Beach County.

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History

Palm Beach County was made from part of Miami-Dade County in 1909. It was split into more counties later on. In 1915 the southern part of Palm Beach County became Broward County. In 1917 the northwest part of the county became Okeechobee County. In 1925 the northern part of the county became Martin County. [2]

Adjacent counties

Cities, Villages, and Towns

Incorporated

File:Cities of Palm Beach

  1. City of Pahokee
  2. City of Belle Glade
  3. City of South Bay
  4. Village of Tequesta
  5. Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony
  6. Town of Jupiter
  7. Town of Juno Beach
  8. City of Palm Beach Gardens
  9. Village of North Palm Beach
  10. Town of Lake Park
  11. City of Riviera Beach
  12. Town of Palm Beach Shores
  13. Town of Mangonia Park
  14. Town of Palm Beach
  15. City of West Palm Beach
  16. Town of Haverhill
  17. Town of Glen Ridge
  18. Town of Cloud Lake
  19. Village of Palm Springs
  20. Town of Lake Clarke Shores
  21. Village of Royal Palm Beach
  22. Village of Wellington
  23. City of Greenacres
  24. City of Atlantis
  25. City of Lake Worth
  26. Town of South Palm Beach
  27. Town of Lantana
  28. Town of Manalapan
  29. Town of Hypoluxo
  30. City of Boynton Beach
  31. Town of Ocean Ridge
  32. Village of Golf
  33. Town of Briny Breezes
  34. Town of Gulf Stream
  35. City of Delray Beach
  36. Town of Highland Beach
  37. City of Boca Raton
  38. Town of Loxahatchee Groves

Unincorporated census-designated places

  • Belle Glade Camp(l)
  • Boca Del Mar(c)
  • Boca Pointe(a)
  • Canal Point(bb)
  • Century Village(u)
  • Cypress Lakes(w)
  • Dunes Road(cc)
  • Fremd Village-Padgett Island(aa)
  • Golden Lakes(r)
  • Gun Club Estates(m)
  • Hamptons at Boca Raton(e)
  • High Point(i)
  • Juno Ridge(z)
  • Kings Point(g)
  • Lake Belvedere Estates(o)
  • Lake Harbor(p)
  • Lake Worth Corridor(k)
  • Lakeside Green(x)
  • Limestone Creek(y)
  • Mission Bay(d)
  • Plantation Mobile Home Park(s)
  • Royal Palm Estates(n)
  • Sandalfoot Cove(b)
  • Schall Circle(v)
  • Seminole Manor(j)
  • Stacey Street(q)
  • Villages of Oriole(h)
  • Westgate-Belvedere Homes(t)
  • Whisper Walk(f)

Reference

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Emergency services

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