Known for its stunning skyline and myriad of historic neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is the oldest municipality in the South Florida metropolitan area. The city relies on key industries such as tourism, construction, agriculture, and biosciences.
West Palm Beach residents enjoy some of the east coast's most beautiful beaches, plus a slew of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The county where West Palm Beach is located, Palm Beach County, has also been referred to as the "Golf Capital of the World," which helped to solidify the area's standing as a top destination for nature and sports lovers.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, inhabitants of West Palm Beach, Florida brought in a median household income of $44,897 in 2013. That's lower than the median household income for the state, which worked out to $46,956 that year. However, the median housing value in West Palm Beach worked out to just $178,200 in 2013, which is rather affordable for a popular tourist area. Further, in 2013, 52.4 percent of West Palm Beach residents owned their homes.
With a population of 104,031 in 2014, West Palm Beach is considered a medium-sized city for the state of Florida. Meanwhile, approximately 30.4 percent of area adults held a bachelor's degree through 2013, and 84.2 percent held a high school diploma or better. As the U.S. Census Bureau notes, 26.2 percent of the city's population was foreign-born in 2013.
Love animals? The Palm Beach Zoo, which is home to 1,400 animals, is located in West Palm Beach. Meanwhile, the area's bounty of wildlife has made it a hub for eco-tourism.
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg In-State Tuition||Programs Offered|
|Palm Beach Atlantic University||3,764||Four or more years||28,100||69|
|Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations||251||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||5|
|Empire Beauty School-West Palm||195||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|Eternity Cosmetology School||175||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||4|
|Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-West Palm Beach||53||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||7|
|Florida Career College-West Palm Beach||524||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||8|
|Lincoln College of Technology-West Palm Beach||345||Four or more years||12,800||19|
|Southeastern College-West Palm Beach||499||At least 2 but less than 4 years||19,024||17|