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Overview

Introduction to West Palm Beach, Florida

Founded in 1894 by Henry Flagler, West Palm Beach was created to house servants working at hotels on nearby Palm Beach. Many of the city’s historic structures were created in the 1920s when the city swelled. West Palm Beach lies on Florida’s southeast. It is only 70 miles north of Miami and 46 miles north of Fort Lauderdale.

The climate of West Palm Beach is subtropical. The city has nearly constant sunshine and only mildly distinguishable seasons. Winters are cooler than the area’s humid summers, but temperatures during the winter months occasionally go down to the 30s. January is the coldest month when temperatures average a warm 65 degrees. However, despite the long, humid summers, the city has never recorded a temperature at 100 degrees. The hottest month is August when the temperatures average around 83 degrees.

West Palm Beach Arts and Entertainment

West Palm Beach has more than gorgeous beaches; it also has a great selection of museums and other attractions. These include:

  • The Armory Art Center.
  • The Norton Museum of Art.
  • The South Florida Science Museum.
  • Whitehall Flagler Museum.
  • The Elliott Museum.
  • The Hibel Museum of Art.
  • The Raymond F. Kravis Center.
  • The Lion Country Safari.

West Palm Beach also has a lot of activities for sports fans. Just an hour and ten minutes south of West Palm Beach is Miami, home of NBA champions the Miami Heat, as well as the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Some nearby teams include the Jacksonville Jaguars football team, the Florida Panthers hockey team and the Florida Marlins baseball team. In fact, the area is also well-known for its baseball spring training facilities.

People

Total Population 103,588
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 48,903
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 36.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33%
Median Earnings25+ $30,954
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,104
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,709

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,899
% Above Poverty Level 80%
% Below Poverty Level 20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,063
Median House Value $186,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.8%
Irish 6.8%

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

West Palm Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 65 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Palm Beach
Metro Area West Palm Beach - Boca Raton
Standard Zip Codes 33401, 33403, 33404, 33405, 33406, 33407, 33408, 33409, 33410, 33411, 33412, 33413, 33414, 33415, 33417, 33418
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33402, 33416, 33419, 33420, 33421, 33422
Phone Area Codes 561
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.715
Longitude -80.053

West Palm Beach 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 WEST PALM BEACH INTL AP
Distance 3.6 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
Station BELLE GLADE EXP STN
Distance 36.1 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 37.3 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, West Palm Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Green Acres (33413, 33415)

Lake Clarke (33406)

Singer Island (33404)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Glen Ridge 204 $97,500
Haverhill 1,979 $57,969
Mangonia Park 1,929 $31,724
Palm Beach 8,418 $149,850
Palm Beach Shores 1,077 $64,583
Riviera Beach 33,445 $44,822

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

West Palm Beach Public Libraries

Library
The Library Cooperative Of The Palm Beaches
3650 SUMMIT BLVD.
West Palm Beach, Florida
(561) 233-2600

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West Palm Beach Hospitals

GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1309 N FLAGLER DR
(561) 655-5511
Emergency Service: Yes

ST MARY'S MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
901 45TH STREET
(561) 840-6202
Emergency Service: Yes

COLUMBIA HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2201 45TH ST
(561) 844-6141
Emergency Service: Yes

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West Palm Beach High Schools

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PALM BEACH LAKES HIGH SCHOOL
3505 SHILOH DRIVE
561-640-5000
A Title I School.
Serves 2,597 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

FOREST HILL HIGH SCHOOL
6901 PARKER AVENUE
561-540-2400
A Title I School.
Serves 1,538 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

ALEXANDER W. DREYFOOS JUNIOR SCHOOL
501 S SAPODILLA AVENUE
561-802-6000
Serves 1,321 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

GOLD COAST COMMUNITY SCHOOL
4260 WESTGATE AVENUE
561-640-5091
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 361 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

SURVIVORS CHARTER SCHOOL INC.
1310 N CONGRESS AVENUE
561-712-1800
A Charter School.
Serves 317 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 317

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT PROG PRE-K
3378 FOREST HILL BOULEVAR
561-434-8626
A Special Education School
Serves 236 students.

ROOSEVELT FULL SERVICE CENTER
1601 TAMARIND AVENUE
561-822-0276
A Title I School.
Serves 169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

G-STAR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
2030 S CONGRESS AVE
561-967-2023
A Charter School.
Serves 156 students.

INDIAN RIDGE SCHOOL
1950 BENOIST FARMS ROAD
561-681-0000
A Special Education School
A Title I School.
Serves 99 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.3

FLORIDA INSTITUTE FOR GIRLS
8690 FAIRGROUNDS ROAD
561-792-1280
Serves 69 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

PALM BEACH MALL ACADEMY
1801 PALM BEACH LAKES BLV
561-684-5267
Serves 58 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS
1225 S MILITARY TRAIL
561-433-3683
Serves 51 students.

HIGH RIDGE SCHOOL
4400 N AUSTRALIAN AVE
561-881-4797
Serves 32 students.

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM NORTH
5400 EAST AVENUE
561-844-8660
A Non-traditional School
Serves 16 students.

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM CENTRAL
1041 45TH STREET
561-844-9661
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.

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Historic West Palm Beach

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Reve d'ete (Garden of Eden; home of C.L. Cragin) between 1900 and 1915

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Reve d'ete (Garden of Eden; home of C.L. Cragin) between 1900 and 1915

W. Palm Beach residences (gardens) between 1900 and 1915

Beach club between 1900 and 1915

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