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 90.83% 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 (28.73%), sales jobs (14.04%), and business and financial occupations (9.74%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Highland Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 20.65% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Highland Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Highland Beach. 60.24% 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 $99,682, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $398,728 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Highland Beach include Irish, Italian, Russian, German, and English.
Highland Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.04%.
The most common language spoken in Highland Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.