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founded: April 30, 1909 seat: West Palm Beach largest city: West Palm Beach area total square miles: 2386 area water square miles: 412 area land squares miles: 1974 area percentage: 17.27% population: 1,351,236 web: [www.co.palm-beach.fl.us] named for: Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach County has the largest land area located in the state of Florida. As of 2007, the county had an estimated population of 1,351,236 [1], making it the third most populous in the state of Florida and the twenty ninth most populous in the United States. Over 40 percent of the county's population lives in unincorporated areas.

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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), which 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].

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. [2]


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, making it the largest county in Florida at the time. The southernmost part of Palm Beach County was separated to create the northern portion of Broward County in 1915, the northwestern portion of Palm Beach County 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.[3]

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.


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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.

Adjacent counties[]

Centre: Palm Beach County, Florida
North: Martin County
East: Atlantic Ocean
South: Broward County
West:Hendry County
Northwest:Okeechobee County and Glades County

National protected area[]

  • Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge


As of the censusTemplate:GR 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,)[4] 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. 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).[5] 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%).

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.

2006 Census Report[]

U.S. Census Bureau 2006 Ethnic/Race Demographics:<u>[6]

  • White (non-Hispanic): 64.5%
  • Black (non-Hispanic): 16.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 16.7%
  • Some other race: 7.1%[7]
  • Asian: 2.1%
  • Two or more races: 1.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%


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. [8]


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)


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[]


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[]

  • 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)


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.[9] 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. [10]



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.

Places of interest[]

  • American Orchid Society Visitor Center and Botanical Garden
  • Lion Country Safari
  • Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, including the Roji-en Japanese Gardens
  • Mounts Botanical Garden
  • Norton Museum of Art
  • Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
  • South Florida Science Museum
  • Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park


  1. Twenty most populous counties in America
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  3. Palm Beach County - County history - Accessed December 26, 2007
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  6. 2006 Palm Beach County Demographics
  7. 2006 Demographics of Some Other Race
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  9. School District of Palm Beach County "Just the Facts" 2006-2007 - retrieved August 11 2006
  10. The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools - Newsweek America's Best High Schools - retrieved December 9 2006

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Local Media[]

Special districts[]

Emergency services[]

Judicial branch[]

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