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Overview

Introduction to Delray Beach, Florida

The city of Delray Beach is located in the southern end of Palm Beach County, Florida, about 9 miles north of Boca Raton. The city is also situated 30 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and 60 miles north of Miami, both cities which are accessible via Interstate I-95.

First settled by a small group of Michigan settlers in the late 19th century, the community then known as Delray had an early history dominated by agriculture. Incorporated as a town in 1911, Delray later merged with the area between the canal and the ocean which had itself been incorporated as the Town of Delray Beach. In 1927 the two towns merged and became the City of Delray Beach. As the 20th century progressed Delray Beach evolved from a farming community into a bustling city which also became a winter resort. In recent years, Delray Beach has seen large scale renovations to its downtown area and today is considered a leading force in Florida's growing historic preservation movement. Several of its neighborhoods have been designated as historic districts.

Delray Beach Attractions

Dedicated in 1990, the Cornell Museum of Art & History is housed in the restored 1913 Delray Elementary building and includes four galleries, a two-story atrium used as exhibit space, a tea room and a gift shop. The city's historical archives are located in the Cornell Archives Room on the museum's second floor. Located near the museum at Old School Square is the Crest Theatre, a restored 1925 Delray High School building redesigned as a 323-seat performing arts theatre. The venue offers a variety of professional theatre, dance, music and Broadway shows and also serves as a convenient locale for community presentations and town meetings. One of Palm Beach County's top attractions is the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, named after George Morikami, a pineapple farmer who donated his land for use as a park. The museum, the only one of Japanese culture in the United States, features a library, classrooms, a 230-seat auditorium and interactive exhibits, and hosts regular special events and festivals that showcase Japanese culture. Located adjacent to the Morikami is the new international headquarters of the American Orchid Society (AOS), the world's largest special-interest horticultural organization. Another popular site in Delray Beach is Wakodahatchee Wetlands, home to an abundant variety of wildlife including turtles, frogs, alligators and more than 140 different species of birds.

Delray Beach is also a short drive away from dozens of other attractions. Within a 30-minute drive, Delray visitors and residents can visit the Deerfield Beach Arboretum (also known as the Tree Zoo), the Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. A 60-minute drive south provides access to the city of Miami and dozens of its attractions, including the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, the Miami MetroZoo, the Miami Seaquarium, the Bass Museum of Art and the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts.

Tennis fans in Delray Beach can enjoy the Delray Beach Tennis Center, host site of several major international tennis events such as the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Chris Evert/Bank of America Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. More first-rate sports can be found a short drive away. The nearby city of Sunrise is home to the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. A little further south are other Miami-area teams, including the Florida Marlins (MLB), Miami Heat (NBA) and Miami Dolphins (NFL).

People

Total Population 63,939
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 24.7%
Employed Population 16+ 29,664
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 38.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.6%
Median Earnings25+ $31,469
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,012
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,109

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,202
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,283
Median House Value $183,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.5%
Irish 9.9%

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

Delray Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 48 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Palm Beach
Metro Area West Palm Beach - Boca Raton
Standard Zip Codes 33444, 33445, 33446, 33483, 33484
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33447, 33448, 33482
Phone Area Codes 561
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.461
Longitude -80.073

Delray 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 15.5 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
Station LOXAHATCHEE
Distance 19.5 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
Station FORT LAUDERDALE
Distance 26.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

West Delray Beach (33446, 33448, 33484)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boynton Beach 71,530 $53,754
Briny Breezes 812 $60,000
Gulf Stream 677 $221,250
Highland Beach 3,654 $135,787
Lantana 10,910 $51,091
Ocean Ridge 1,590 $133,594

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

Delray Beach Hospitals

DELRAY MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
5352 LINTON BLVD
(561) 498-4440
Emergency Service: Yes

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Delray Beach High Schools

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ATLANTIC HIGH SCHOOL
2455 West Atlantic Avenue
561-243-1500
Serves 2,025 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

DELRAY FULL SERVICE CENTER
301 SW 14TH AVENUE
561-243-1566
A Title I School.
Serves 352 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE HIGH
95 NE FIRST AVENUE
561-243-4002
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 42.3

DELRAY YOUTH VOCATIONAL. CHARTER SCHOOL
2201 N FEDERAL HIGHWAY
561-582-1454
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 24 students.

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