West Palm Beach, FL

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Living in West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 111,398 people and 53 constituent neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is the 20th largest community in Florida.

West Palm Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, West Palm Beach is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West Palm Beach who work in sales jobs (12.84%), office and administrative support (10.73%), and management occupations (8.70%).

One thing that you will notice about West Palm Beach is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider West Palm Beach a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

One of the nice things about West Palm 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.

The citizens of West Palm Beach are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.39% of adults in West Palm Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in West Palm Beach in 2010 was $32,502, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $130,008 for a family of four. However, West Palm Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Palm Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Palm Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Palm Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. West Palm Beach also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.97% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Palm Beach include Haitian, Irish, Italian, German, and Jamaican.

Foreign born people are also an important part of West Palm Beach's cultural character, accounting for 27.76% of the city’s population.

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