Delray Beach is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 69,358 people and 35 constituent neighborhoods, Delray Beach is the 41st largest community in Florida.
Delray Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.25% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Delray Beach is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Delray Beach who work in sales jobs (13.66%), management occupations (12.75%), and office and administrative support (10.37%).
Also of interest is that Delray Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.40% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One thing noticeable about Delray Beach, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Delray Beach is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Delray Beach a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the nice things about Delray Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The population of Delray Beach is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.09% of adults in Delray Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Delray Beach in 2010 was $39,975, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $159,900 for a family of four. However, Delray Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Delray Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Delray Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Delray Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Delray Beach also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.50% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Delray Beach include Haitian, Italian, Irish, German, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Delray Beach's cultural character, accounting for 24.70% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Delray Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and French Creole.