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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).

Demographics

People

Total Population65,044
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens24.6%
Employed Population 16+30,756
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married38.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.5%
Median Earnings25+$31,604
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,895
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,189

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,600
% Above Poverty Level82.8%
% Below Poverty Level17.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.1%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone37.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,332
Median House Value$207,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.4%
West Indian17.9%
Haitian15.1%
Italian9.8%
Irish9.4%
German8.4%
English7.3%
Polish3.4%
Russian2.9%
French Except Basque2.3%
Jamaican2%
Scottish1.5%
Swedish1.4%
Dutch1%
Greek1%
African0.8%
Austrian0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Romanian0.6%
Bahamian0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Serbian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
South African0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Macedonian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Basque0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Delray Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County Palm Beach County
Standard Zip Codes33444, 33445, 33483, 33446, 33484
P.O. Box Zip Codes33482, 33448
Phone Area Codes561
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude26.45
Approximate Longitude-80.08

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)

StationWEST PALM BEACH INTL AP
Distance15.5 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
StationLOXAHATCHEE
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp53 to 78 F
Apr Temp58 to 85 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp65 to 87 F
Annual Precip58.4 inches
StationFORT LAUDERDALE
Distance26.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Boynton Beach72,748$55,625
Briny Breezes893$59,722
Gulf Stream660$219,250
Highland Beach3,689$123,295
Lantana11,016$50,200
Ocean Ridge1,627$136,528

Delray Beach Public Libraries

Delray Beach Library
100 WEST ATLANTIC AVENUE
Delray Beach, Florida
(561) 266-0194

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Delray Beach Hospitals

Pinecrest Rehab Hospital
5360 Linton Blvd
(561) 495-0400
Delray Medical Center
(Proprietary)
5352 Linton Blvd
(561) 498-4440
Fair Oaks Pavilion - Psychiatric Hospital
5440 Linton Blvd
(561) 495-1000

Delray Beach Public Schools

Delray Full Service Adult Education
301 Sw 14th Ave
ZIP: 33444
(561) 243-1566
Other
Pine Grove Elementary School
400 Sw 10th St
ZIP: 33444
(561) 266-1100
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
Plumosa School Of The Arts
2501 Seacrest Blvd
ZIP: 33444
(561) 330-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 641
S. D. Spady Elementary School
901 Nw 3rd St
ZIP: 33444
(561) 454-7800
Primary
Total Enrollment 635
Toussaint L'ouverture High
301 Sw 14th Ave
ZIP: 33444
(561) 738-9861
High
Total Enrollment 183
Village Academy On The Art & Sara Jo Kobacker Campus
400 Sw 12th Ave
ZIP: 33444
(561) 243-6100
Other
Total Enrollment 953
Atlantic High Adult Education Center
2455 W Atlantic Ave
ZIP: 33445
(561) 243-1520
Other
Atlantic High School
2455 W Atlantic Ave
ZIP: 33445
(561) 243-1500
High
Total Enrollment 2252
Banyan Creek Elementary School
4243 Sabal Lakes Rd
ZIP: 33445
(561) 894-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 979
Carver Middle School
101 Barwick Rd
ZIP: 33445
(561) 638-2100
Middle
Total Enrollment 874
Excel Leadership Academy
600 N Congress Ave Ste 560
ZIP: 33445
(561) 279-1354
Igeneration Empowerment Academy
600 N Congress Ave
ZIP: 33445
(954) 224-7098
Orchard View Elementary School
4050 Germantown Rd
ZIP: 33445
(561) 894-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 642
Tomorrow's Promise Community School
601 N Congress Ave Ste 110
ZIP: 33445
(561) 266-2206
Morikami Park Elementary School
6201 Morikami Park Rd
ZIP: 33484
(561) 894-7300
Primary
Total Enrollment 790

Delray Beach Private Schools

Bar & Ferg's Academy
200 Sterling Ave
ZIP: 33444
Elementary
Total Enrollment 51
Trinity Lutheran School
400 N Swinton Ave
ZIP: 33444
Elementary
Total Enrollment 264
Unity School
101 Nw 22nd St
ZIP: 33444
Elementary
Total Enrollment 237
St Vincent Ferrer School
810 George Bush Blvd
ZIP: 33483
Elementary
Total Enrollment 219
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