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Overview

Introduction to Boca Raton, Florida

The coastal city of Boca Raton is located in Palm Beach County, Florida, about 20 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and 30 miles south of Palm Beach. The city is also situated about 50 miles north of Miami. Highways servicing the city include U.S. Route 1, which passes through the city’s downtown and commercial districts; U.S. Route 441 which crosses through some of its agricultural areas; and Interstate I-95 which bisects the city from north to south. The meaning of the city's name is often mistakenly interpreted as the literal translation of the Spanish "Boca Raton" ("Rat's Mouth") but the origin of the name is more likely derived from a more colloquial translation, "Thieves Inlet", which probably refers to a nearby geographical inlet in the Biscayne Bay area.

Incorporated in 1925, Boca Raton has experienced a steady rate of substantial growth since that time. In the 1930s and 40s, the city became known for its winter vegetable crop, particularly its prolific output of green beans. In 1942, the Army Air Corps established its only war-time radar training school in Boca Raton, bringing tens of thousands of servicemen as well as families and civilian employees to the then-tiny community. The 1950s saw the development of two amusement parks which are now defunct: Africa U.S.A. (a wild animal park in which the tourists rode a "Jeep Safari Train" through the park with no fences separating tourists from animals) and Ancient America. In the 1960s, a South Florida land boom resulted in a population spurt and it was during this decade that IBM moved one of its computer facilities to Boca Raton, the same facility where the very first IBM PC (personal computer) was developed in 1981. Boca Raton today is enjoying a steady increase in its industrial base and is now a major hub of innovative computer development.

Attractions in Boca Raton

One of South Florida's leading cultural institutions is the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The 44,000 square foot facility attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to its galleries and programs, which include permanent and traveling exhibitions, an educational gallery, and an expanded sculpture garden. The Boca Raton Historical Society Museum is housed in a restored Mediterranean Revival style building featuring a gold dome, cypress millwork, and fan-lit windows. The Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex, named for an indigenous hardwood tree with continuously shedding bark, is a 20-acre complex protecting one of the few surviving forest islands (also known as coastal hammocks) in South Florida. Visitors can walk on a half-mile long elevated boardwalk terminating at a 40-foot tall observation tower. The Sports Immortals Museum houses a huge collection of sports memorabilia, including notable mementos encompassing several varieties of sports. Annual events in Boca Raton include the Meet Me Downtown Festival, a fun filled two day festival which includes a flower show, live entertainment, festival foods, and a children's area; and the Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade, a city tradition for over 25 years, where magnificent boats make their way on the Intracoastal Waterway from the Boca Raton-Delray Beach border south to the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge.

Hockey fans can watch NHL action less than 30 minutes away in the city of Sunrise, where the Florida Panthers play their home games. Other high quality professional sports are less than an hour away in the city of Miami, home to the following major league pro sports teams:

  • Miami Dolphins: National Football League
  • Miami Heat: National Basketball Association
  • Florida Marlins: Major League Baseball

People

Total Population 88,187
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 22.1%
Employed Population 16+ 42,732
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 49%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.1%
Median Earnings25+ $42,522
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,092
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,302

Wealth

Median Family Income $93,766
% Above Poverty Level 89.9%
% Below Poverty Level 10.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 10.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,418
Median House Value $354,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 8%
Irish 11.2%

Boca Raton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 40 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Palm Beach
Metro Area West Palm Beach - Boca Raton
Standard Zip Codes 33428, 33431, 33432, 33433, 33434, 33486, 33487, 33496, 33498
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33427, 33429, 33481, 33488, 33497
Company Zip Codes 33464, 33499
Phone Area Codes 561
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.358
Longitude -80.094

Boca Raton 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 POMPANO BEACH
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 58 to 77 F
Apr Temp 66 to 83 F
Jul Temp 75 to 92 F
Oct Temp 71 to 87 F
Annual Precip 57.2 inches
Station FORT LAUDERDALE
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 59 to 76 F
Apr Temp 66 to 82 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 72 to 86 F
Annual Precip 64.1 inches
Station WEST PALM BEACH INTL AP
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 57 to 75 F
Apr Temp 65 to 82 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 71 to 85 F
Annual Precip 61.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Deerfield Beach 77,341 $48,438
Delray Beach 62,828 $59,988
Highland Beach 3,614 $143,192
Hillsboro Beach 1,635 $108,450
Lighthouse Point 10,693 $104,857
Pompano Beach 103,234 $45,645

Boca Raton Public Libraries

Library
Boca Raton Public Library
200 NW BOCA RATON BOULEVARD
Boca Raton, Florida
(561) 393-7852
Library Web Site

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Boca Raton Hospitals

WEST BOCA MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
21644 STATE RD 7
(561) 488-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

BOCA RATON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
800 MEADOWS RD
(561) 362-5002
Emergency Service: Yes

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Boca Raton High Schools

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SPANISH RIVER HIGH SCHOOL
5100 JOG ROAD
561-241-2200
Serves 3,308 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

OLYMPIC HEIGHTS COMMUNITY HIGH
20101 LYONS ROAD
561-852-6900
Serves 2,644 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

BOCA RATON HIGH SCHOOL
1501 NW 15TH COURT
561-338-1400
Serves 1,828 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

BOCA RATON MIDDLE SCHOOL
1251 NW 8TH STREET
561-416-8700
Serves 1,187 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

ACADEMIC SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
23114 SANDLEFOOT PLAZA
561-945-7994
A Charter School.
Serves 73 students.

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