Riviera Beach is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 34,244 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Riviera Beach is the 94th largest community in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Riviera Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Riviera Beach is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Riviera Beach who work in office and administrative support (15.07%), sales jobs (12.11%), and management occupations (8.44%).
Riviera 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
A lot of people in Riviera Beach take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Riviera Beach, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The citizens of Riviera Beach are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.15% of adults in Riviera Beach having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Riviera Beach in 2010 was $23,523, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,092 for a family of four. However, Riviera Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Riviera Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Riviera Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Riviera Beach residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Riviera Beach include Jamaican, African, German, and Irish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Riviera Beach's cultural character, accounting for 17.51% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Riviera Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.