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Overview

Introduction to Belle Glade, Florida

Belle Glade, Florida, in Palm Beach county, is 37 miles NW of Coral Springs, Florida (center to center) and 69 miles NW of Miami, Florida. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton metropolitan area.

Belle Glade History

The earliest records suggest that Belle Glade was originally inhabited by Calusa Indians. It was originally known as Hilsboro. The city was incorporated in 1928. On the 16th of September, 1928, a powerful hurricane completely destroyed Belle Glade. This prompted the national government to build a levee which would control future floods. Belle Glade has thrived after being rebuilt; it has a flourishing agricultural industry and serves as a favored destination for sport fishing.

Belle Glade and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Okeechobee.
  • The Belle Glade Marina and Campground.
  • Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center.
  • Lawrence E. Will Museum.

Belle Glade Activities

Belle Glade is a quiet and peaceful place. It is an excellent place to unwind. Those interested in recreational fishing would find great opportunities here. Furthermore, there is an 18-hole golf course which would delight golf lovers. The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center hosts music shows of all genres, ballets and play productions.

Belle Glade Transportation

Fort Lauderdal International and Palm Beach International Airport provide access to air travel.

Belle Glade Higher Education

The city is served by the Palm Beach Atlantic College.

People

Total Population 17,950
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,719
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 34.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.3%
Median Earnings25+ $22,959
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,993
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,877

Wealth

Median Family Income $35,657
% Above Poverty Level 64.1%
% Below Poverty Level 35.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 6%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.9%
Median Gross Rent $646
Median House Value $94,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.3%
Irish 1.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Belle Glade Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles NW of Coral Springs, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles NW of Miami, Florida
County Palm Beach
Metro Area West Palm Beach - Boca Raton
Standard Zip Codes 33430
Phone Area Codes 561
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.684
Longitude -80.667

Belle Glade Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BELLE GLADE EXP STN
Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 76 F
Apr Temp 59 to 85 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 66 to 87 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Station CANAL POINT USDA
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 53 to 75 F
Apr Temp 61 to 84 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 67 to 86 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Station LOXAHATCHEE
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 53 to 78 F
Apr Temp 58 to 85 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 65 to 87 F
Annual Precip 58.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clewiston 7,240 $60,179
Pahokee 6,003 $32,471
South Bay 4,976 $30,714

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Belle Glade Hospitals

GLADES GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
1201 S MAIN ST
(561) 659-7144
Emergency Service: Yes

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Belle Glade High Schools

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GLADES CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
1001 SW AVENUE M
561-993-4400
A Title I School.
Serves 1,166 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

LAKE SHORE ANNEX TRANSITION
1102 NW AVENUE A
561-993-4000
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 113 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

EAGLE ACADEMY
38800 STATE ROAD 80
561-992-1071
A Non-traditional School
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

INTENSIVE TRANSITION WEST
1224 SW AVENUE E
561-992-5399
A Non-traditional School
Serves 52 students.

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