Introduction to Lake Worth, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida, in Palm Beach county, is 6 miles N of Boynton Beach, Florida (center to center) and 58 miles N of Miami, Florida. The city is included in the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton metropolitan area.

Lake Worth History

Lake Worth, situated in Palm Beach County, went by the name "Jewel" at the turn of the 20th century. In 1911, landowner Fannie James sold the core area of the land to Palm Beach Farms Company. It was then that Harold Bryant and William Greenwood planned to build a city along the water. Gradually, a railway line was opened that connected West Palm Beach to Miami, and the area was named Lucerne. However, since another place with the same name was already in existence, the city was rechristened "Lake Worth." The city suffered a number of setbacks, mainly a flood in 1812, and a great hurricane in 1928. This caused a major disruption in the progress of Lake Worth, and there were no significant developments until after the Second World War. In the last few decades, though, the city has grown at a rapid rate, and is now a flourishing community.

Lake Worth and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Worth Public Library.
  • R C Kreusler Park.
  • Casino Arcade.
  • Town and Country Shopping Center.
  • Plaza Del Mar.
  • Church of the Nazarene of Lake Worth.

Things To Do In Lake Worth

Visitors at Lake Worth have the advantage of a number of beaches in the city that provide opportunities for indulging in water and beach sports. There is the pristine clear Lake Worth Beach, and the West Palm Beach Golf Course where one can enjoy a round of golf on the sandy terrain. For those interested in the historic sites, the Lake Worth Public Library may be a good place to check out. The city is also dotted with a number of churches that provide a peaceful sanctuary. Amusement parks like the Aladdin Amusement, Casino Arcade, R C Kreusler Park and Sunset Ridge Park offer excellent recreational facilities for both adults and kids. Enthusiastic shoppers can also make full use of the Town and Country Shopping Center.

Lake Worth Transportation

Palm Beach International is the nearest major airport.

Lake Worth Higher Education

Palm Beach Community College is the city’s local college.


Total Population 36,403
Male Share of the Population 52.1%
Female Share of the Population 47.9%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 17,725
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 34.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.2%
Median Earnings25+ $22,377
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,598
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,611


Median Family Income $41,852
% Above Poverty Level 72.9%
% Below Poverty Level 27.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4%


People Living Alone 33.5%
Median Gross Rent $949
Median House Value $139,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.8%
Irish 8.9%

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

Lake Worth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Boynton Beach, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Palm Beach
Metro Area West Palm Beach - Boca Raton
Standard Zip Codes 33460, 33461, 33462, 33463, 33467
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33454, 33465, 33466
Phone Area Codes 561
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.615
Longitude -80.057

Lake Worth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.4 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
Distance 36.7 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
Distance 55.9 miles
Jan Temp 62 to 78 F
Apr Temp 70 to 84 F
Jul Temp 79 to 92 F
Oct Temp 74 to 87 F
Annual Precip 66 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Green Acres (33454, 33463, 33467)

Village of Palm Springs (33461)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlantis 2,175 $91,354
Lake Clarke Shores 3,483 $76,510
Lantana 10,910 $51,091
Manalapan 265 $250
Palm Springs 21,832 $36,289
South Palm Beach 1,350 $55,893

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

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Lake Worth High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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Serves 73 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

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Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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Historic Lake Worth


Cocoanut Grove House between 1880 and 1897

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Cocoanut Grove House between 1880 and 1897

Lake Worth (view of Royal Poinciana Hotel) between 1910 and 1920

Lake Worth and Royal Poinciana between 1900 and 1920

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