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South Bay, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of South Bay had a population of 5,261 as of July 1, 2017. South Bay ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Florida. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for South Bay is located at latitude 26.6793 and longitude -80.7264 in Palm Beach County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Bay (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.68 sq. miles and a water area of 1.02 sq. miles. Palm Beach County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The City of South Bay (GNIS ID: 2405487) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Florida is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of South Bay is located within Belle Glade-Pahokee CCD of Palm Beach County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with South Bay population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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South Bay, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,261
Daytime Population: Workers 2,145
Daytime Population: Residents 3,197
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,342
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.02
Population in Households 3,333
Population in Familes 2,844
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,928
Population Density2 1,960
Diversity Index3 71


Median Household Income $28,903
Average Household Income $41,632
Per Capita Income $16,904


Total Housing Units 1,133 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 449 (39.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 519 (45.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 165 (14.6%)
Median Home Value $96,314
Average Home Value $107,962


Total Households 968
Average Household Size 3.44
Family Households 755
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.05% 1.2%
Households 1.28% 1.79%
Families 1.09% 1.74%
Median Household Income   1.23%
Per Capita Income   0.85%

South Bay, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Bay to the other 919 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 463 50th
Population Density # 396 57th
Diversity Index # 138 85th
Median Household Income # 887 4th
Per Capita Income # 808 12th

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