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The City of South Bay had a population of 4,837 as of July 1, 2022.

The primary coordinate point for South Bay is located at latitude 26.664 and longitude -80.7162 in Palm Beach County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Bay 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 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.

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South Bay, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 4,837 (100%)
Population in Households 3,159 (65.3%)
Population in Families 2,701 (55.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,678 (34.7%)
Population Density 1,690
Diversity Index2 72


Median Household Income $41,129
Average Household Income $62,206
% of Income for Mortgage4 9%
Per Capita Income $12,484
Wealth Index5 40


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,088 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 520 (47.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 496 (45.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 72 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $73,502
Average Home Value $89,038
Housing Affordability Index3 276


Total Households 1,016
Average Household Size 3.11
Family Households 790
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.21% -0.11%
Households -0.26% -0.26%
Families   -0.25%
Median Household Income   2.87%
Per Capita Income   4.75%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.19%

South Bay, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Bay to the other 954 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 491 49th
Population Density # 467 51st
Median Household Income # 859 10th
Housing Affordability Index # 930 97th
Per Capita Income # 949 1st
Diversity Index # 260 73rd

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