Highland Beach, FL
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Highland Beach is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 3,729 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Highland Beach is the 307th largest community in Florida.

Highland Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Highland Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Highland Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Highland Beach is a town of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Highland Beach who work in management occupations (26.58%), sales jobs (19.49%), and office and administrative support (8.44%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.68% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Another notable thing is that Highland Beach is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Highland Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

In addition, Highland Beach is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

One of the nice things about Highland 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Highland Beach. 58.36% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Highland Beach in 2010 was $84,790, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $339,160 for a family of four. However, Highland Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Highland Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Highland Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Highland Beach include Italian, German, Polish, and Russian.

The most common language spoken in Highland Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.

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