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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.

Boca Raton History

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population91,702
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens23.6%
Employed Population 16+43,835
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married48.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher52.4%
Median Earnings25+$43,031
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,453
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,418

Wealth

Median Family Income$103,061
% Above Poverty Level90.7%
% Below Poverty Level9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home11.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone34.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,500
Median House Value$381,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.8%
Italian13%
German11%
Irish10.2%
English7.7%
Polish5.4%
Russian5.2%
West Indian2.6%
French Except Basque2.3%
Scottish2.1%
Brazilian1.7%
Hungarian1.5%
Haitian1.5%
Greek1.5%
Arab1.5%
Swedish1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Norwegian0.9%
Austrian0.9%
Romanian0.7%
Portuguese0.7%
Lebanese0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Jamaican0.6%
Lithuanian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Welsh0.5%
African0.5%
Turkish0.4%
Trinidad Tobago0.4%
US/American0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Macedonian0.3%
Estonian0.3%
Palestinian0.3%
Iranian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Bulgarian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Australian0.1%
South African0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Boca Raton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Palm Beach County
Standard Zip Codes33428, 33431, 33432, 33433, 33434, 33486, 33496, 33498, 33487
P.O. Box Zip Codes33427, 33429, 33481, 33488, 33497
Company Zip Codes33464, 33499
Phone Area Codes561
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude26.37
Approximate Longitude-80.1

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)

StationPOMPANO BEACH
Distance9.3 miles
Jan Temp58 to 77 F
Apr Temp66 to 83 F
Jul Temp75 to 92 F
Oct Temp71 to 87 F
Annual Precip57.2 inches
StationFORT LAUDERDALE
Distance19 miles
Jan Temp59 to 76 F
Apr Temp66 to 82 F
Jul Temp75 to 90 F
Oct Temp72 to 86 F
Annual Precip64.1 inches
StationWEST PALM BEACH INTL AP
Distance22.5 miles
Jan Temp57 to 75 F
Apr Temp65 to 82 F
Jul Temp75 to 90 F
Oct Temp71 to 85 F
Annual Precip61.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Deerfield Beach78,642$50,225
Delray Beach65,044$60,600
Highland Beach3,689$123,295
Hillsboro Beach1,467$118,750
Lighthouse Point10,946$108,938
Pompano Beach106,004$49,664

Boca Raton Public Libraries

Boca Raton Public Library
1501 NW SPANISH RIVER BLVD.
Boca Raton, Florida
(561) 393-7852

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Boca Raton Hospitals

Boca Raton Regional Hospital
(Non-profit)
800 Meadows Rd
(561) 955-7100
West Boca Medical Center
(Proprietary)
21644 State Rd 7
(561) 488-8000

Boca Raton Public Schools

Coral Sunset Elementary School
22400 Hammock St
ZIP: 33428
(561) 477-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 700
Loggers' Run Community Middle School
11584 W Palmetto Park Rd
ZIP: 33428
(561) 883-8000
Middle
Total Enrollment 1069
Waters Edge Elementary School
21601 Shorewind Dr
ZIP: 33428
(561) 852-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 778
A.d. Henderson University School & Fau High School
777 Glades Rd Bldg 26
ZIP: 33431
(561) 297-3970
Other
Total Enrollment 1032
Don Estridge High Tech Middle School
1798 Nw Spanish River Blvd
ZIP: 33431
(561) 989-7800
Middle
Total Enrollment 1244
Inspired 2 Think Virtual Charter School
2385 Nw Exec Centr Dr St100
ZIP: 33431
(786) 326-5179
Other
J. C. Mitchell Elementary School
2470 Nw 5th Ave
ZIP: 33431
(561) 750-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 901
Boca Raton Charter School
269 Ne 14th St
ZIP: 33432
(561) 750-0437
Primary
Total Enrollment 98
Boca Raton Elementary School
103 Sw 1st Ave
ZIP: 33432
(561) 544-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Paramount Charter School
433 Plaza Real Ste 275, Ste 275
ZIP: 33432
(954) 655-6484
Somerset Academy Boca East
333 Sw 4th Ave
ZIP: 33432
(561) 393-1091
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Somerset Academy Boca Middle School
333 Sw 4th Ave
ZIP: 33432
(561) 393-1091
Middle
Total Enrollment 44
Del Prado Elementary School
7900 Del Prado Cir N
ZIP: 33433
(561) 544-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 871
Hammock Pointe Elementary School
8400 Sw 8th St
ZIP: 33433
(561) 477-2200
Primary
Total Enrollment 893
Verde Elementary School
6590 Verde Trl
ZIP: 33433
(561) 218-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 894
Olympic Heights Adult Education Center
20101 Lyons Rd
ZIP: 33434
(561) 852-6905
Other
Olympic Heights Community High
20101 Lyons Rd
ZIP: 33434
(561) 852-6900
High
Total Enrollment 2008
Addison Mizner Elementary School
199 Sw 12th Ave
ZIP: 33486
(561) 362-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 834
Boca Raton Community High School
1501 Nw 15th Ct
ZIP: 33486
(561) 338-1400
High
Total Enrollment 3136
Boca Raton Community Middle School
1251 Nw 8th St
ZIP: 33486
(561) 416-8700
Middle
Total Enrollment 1475
Boca Raton High Adult Education Center
1501 Nw 15th Ct
ZIP: 33486
(561) 338-1420
Other
Boca Raton Middle Adult Education Center
1251 Nw 8th St
ZIP: 33486
(561) 338-1463
Other
Calusa Elementary School
2051 Clint Moore Rd
ZIP: 33496
(561) 989-7500
Primary
Total Enrollment 973
Omni Middle School
5775 Jog Rd
ZIP: 33496
(561) 989-2800
Middle
Total Enrollment 1426
Spanish River Community High School
5100 Jog Rd
ZIP: 33496
(561) 241-2200
High
Total Enrollment 2359
Spanish River High Adult Education
5100 Jog Rd
ZIP: 33496
(561) 241-2205
Other
Whispering Pines Elementary School
9090 Spanish Isles Blvd
ZIP: 33496
(561) 672-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 856
Eagles Landing Middle School
19500 Coral Ridge Dr
ZIP: 33498
(561) 470-7000
Middle
Total Enrollment 1301
Sandpiper Shores Elementary School
11201 Glades Rd
ZIP: 33498
(561) 883-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 896
Sunrise Park Elementary School
19400 Coral Ridge Dr
ZIP: 33498
(561) 477-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 871
West Boca Raton Community High School Adult Education Center
12811 Glades Rd
ZIP: 33498
(561) 672-2062
Other
West Boca Raton High School
12811 Glades Rd
ZIP: 33498
(561) 672-2001
High
Total Enrollment 1971

Boca Raton Private Schools

Academic High School
23114 Sandalfoot Plaza Dr
ZIP: 33428
Secondary
Total Enrollment 36
Boca Raton Preparatory School
10333 Diego Dr S
ZIP: 33428
Elementary
Total Enrollment 190
Donna Klein Jewish Academy
9701 Donna Klein Blvd
ZIP: 33428
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 686
Hillel Day School Of Boca Raton
21011 95th Ave S
ZIP: 33428
Elementary
Total Enrollment 388
Advent Lutheran School
300 E Yamato Rd
ZIP: 33431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 168
Claremont Montessori School
2450 Nw 5th Ave
ZIP: 33431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 46
Garden Of The Sahaba Academy
3100 Nw 5th Ave
ZIP: 33431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 134
Grandview Preparatory School
336 Nw Spanish River Blvd
ZIP: 33431
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 202
New Horizon Academy
2555 Nw Boca Raton Blvd
ZIP: 33431
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
Pope John Paul Ii High School
4001 N Military Trl
ZIP: 33431
Secondary
Total Enrollment 474
Spanish River Christian School
2400 Nw 51st St
ZIP: 33431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 487
The Harid Conservatory
2285 Potomac Rd
ZIP: 33431
Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
Torah Academy Of Boca Raton
447 Nw Spanish River Blvd
ZIP: 33431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 153
Boca Raton Christian School
315 Nw 4th St
ZIP: 33432
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 423
Children's House Of Boca Raton
100 Pine Cir
ZIP: 33432
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Mece
625 Ne Mizner Blvd
ZIP: 33432
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
St Joan Of Arc School
501 Sw 3rd Ave
ZIP: 33432
Elementary
Total Enrollment 508
St Jude Catholic School
21689 Toledo Rd
ZIP: 33433
Elementary
Total Enrollment 296
Weinbaum Yeshiva High School
7902 Montoya Cir N
ZIP: 33433
Secondary
Total Enrollment 255
Boca Raton Jewish Learning Center
19801 Hampton Dr 6
ZIP: 33434
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Emerging Minds Montessori Academy
9087 Glades Rd
ZIP: 33434
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Pine Crest School - Boca Raton
2700 Saint Andrews Blvd
ZIP: 33434
Elementary
Total Enrollment 842
St Andrews School
3900 Jog Rd
ZIP: 33434
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1279
St Paul Lutheran School
701 W Palmetto Park Rd
ZIP: 33486
Elementary
Total Enrollment 338
Children's Learning Center
6450 W Rogers Cir
ZIP: 33487
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Score At The Top Learning Center & School
750 Park Of Commerce Blvd Ste 120
ZIP: 33487
Secondary
Total Enrollment 6
West Glades Montessori School
20400 Cain Blvd
ZIP: 33498
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
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