Palm Beach County is the third most populated county in Florida and the 25th most populated county in the United States, behind Sacramento, California. Its county seat is West Palm Beach, which is also the most populated city in the county and has over 105,000 people. Palm Beach County borders the counties of Okeechobee, Hendry, Glades, Broward, and Martin.
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Palm Beach County has a population of over 1.47 million people, putting it well above the average population size for a county in America, which is 10,000 people. The most populated county in Florida is Miami-Dade (over 2.7 million people), which is also the 7th most populated county in the United States, followed by Broward (over 1.9 million people), which is the 17th most populated county in the country. After Palm Beach County, the next most populated county in Florida is Hillsborough (over 1.4 million people), which is the 27th most populated county in the the country.
If you’re looking for someone and only have a name and their general whereabouts, you can narrow your search by considering the demographic of the people in Palm Beach County.
In 2017, the median age of all Palm Beach County residents was 44.8, which is older than the median age of 45 in 2016. There is a small difference in median age between those who were born in the United States and those who were foreign-born - 43 years vs. 47 years.
There are slightly more females than males living in Palm Beach County – 52% of residents are women and 48% are men. On average, there are 2.7 persons per household, and 47% of the population are married, compared to the 53% who are single. If you’re searching for someone by name alone, consider they may have had a name change due to nuptials.
As of 2017, 23.8% of the population were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. This percentage is up from 2016, when it was 23.1%. There are 2.44 times more White Alone residents in the county than any other ethnic group. The second and third most common ethnic groups are Hispanic/Latino (328,000 people) and Black/African American Alone (275,000 people). 88.3% of the population are American citizens (down from 88.8% in 2016), which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. The three most common countries of origin are Cuba (984,212 people), Haiti (353,866 people), and Columbia (274,000 people), and the three most common non-English languages spoken are Spanish (19.3%, or 269,391 speakers), Haitian (6.24% or 87,075 speakers), and Portuguese (1.26% or 17,523 speakers).
The median property value was $282,900 in 2017, which is 1.3 times larger than the national average and a 4.93% increase from 2016, when the value was $269,600. Despite high cost of living, 69.5% of residents own a home, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. Although prices have risen, so has the median household income. Of 548,000 households, the average income is $60,057, which is up from $57,580 in 2016.
The three largest job industries in Palm Beach County are Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Serves, and the highest paid jobs are within Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction. To search for someone by their industry or occupation, utilize our yellow pages.
According to 2010 census data, Palm Beach County features 1,969.76 square miles of land, which equates to 670.2 people per square mile. The county is directly north of Broward County and is one of the three counties in South Florida that make up the Miami metropolitan area.
Much of the water that flows through the region is from the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Okeechobee, and green pastures make up 526,000 acres of farmland. The eastern third portion of Palm Beach County is urbanized, while the central and western sections are suburban and rural. The Atlantic coastline stretches for 47 miles and consists of barrier islands and peninsulas, including Jupiter Island, Singer Island, and Palm Beach Island, which are separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway locally known as Lake Worth Lagoon. The undeveloped south and western sections are known for significant agricultural production, especially nurseries, truck crops, and sugar cane. Thus, the county has been dubbed the “Winter Vegetable Capital” of the nation.
Unfortunately, Palm Beach County is higher than the national average for property crimes. From a scale of 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime), it rates 44.6, and the United States as a whole comes in at 35.4. Property crime includes theft, burglary, arson, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. It’s worth noting however that property crime means there is no physical violence against the victim, i.e. these crimes are based on the owner being absent or asleep. In regards to violent crimes, Palm Beach County, rated 25.5, comes in slightly above the national average of 22.7. If you have specific concerns about someone, run a background check to find out if they have a criminal record.
Official Name: Palm Beach County
Name Meaning: The county was named after its oldest settlement, Palm Beach.
Year Formed: Palm Beach County was established in 1909 after being split from Dade County, but its modern-day boundaries were established in 1963. West Palm Beach was incorporated in 1894.
Total Sq Miles: 1,969.76