Palm Beach, FL
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Living in Palm Beach


Palm Beach is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 8,751 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Palm Beach is the 217th largest community in Florida.

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

Palm Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.58% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Palm Beach is a town of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Palm Beach who work in sales jobs (22.06%), management occupations (18.73%), and business and financial occupations (12.02%).

Of important note, Palm Beach is also a town of artists. Palm Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Palm Beach’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 27.53% 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 Palm 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, Palm Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

In addition, Palm 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.

Palm 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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Palm Beach, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Palm Beach is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.07% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Palm Beach in 2010 was $155,531, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $622,124 for a family of four.

The people who call Palm Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Palm Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Palm Beach include German, English, Irish, Russian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Palm Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.