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 3,915 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 94.36% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Highland Beach is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Highland Beach who work in management occupations (28.03%), sales jobs (13.75%), and business and financial occupations (12.82%).
Of important note, Highland Beach is also a town of artists. Highland Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Highland Beach’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 23.90% 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.
Another notable thing is that Highland Beach is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
In addition, Highland Beach is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
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.
If knowledge is power, Highland Beach is a pretty powerful place. 64.29% of the adults in Highland Beach have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Highland Beach in 2010 was $105,919, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $423,676 for a family of four.
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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Highland Beach include Irish, Italian, Russian, German, and English.
The most common language spoken in Highland Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.