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West Palm Beach, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of West Palm Beach is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Palm Beach County at latitude 26.7464 and longitude -80.1251. Palm Beach County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 13 feet.

The formal official name is the City of West Palm Beach, but most people and references simply refer to it as West Palm Beach, Florida.

The P1 Census Class Code for West Palm Beach indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of West Palm Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 55.17 sq. miles and a water area of 2.87 sq. miles.

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West Palm Beach, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 101,109
Population in Households 98,255
Population in Familes 68,465
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,854
Population Density1 1,829
Diversity Index2 74


Total Households 43,346
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 22,881
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 55,482 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,186 (36.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 23,160 (41.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,136 (21.9%)
Median Home Value $169,195
Average Home Value $227,608


Median Household Income $41,930
Average Household Income $61,862
Per Capita Income $26,880
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.28% 0.82%
Households 0.24% 0.88%
Families -0.19% 0.61%
Median Household Income   3.75%
Per Capita Income   2.82%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


West Palm Beach, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Palm Beach to the other 920 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 21 98th
Population Density1 # 403 56th
Diversity Index2 # 88 91st
Median Household Income # 484 48th
Per Capita Income # 338 63rd

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