West Palm Beach, FL

West Palm Beach profile

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 111,955 people and 53 constituent neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is the 20th largest community in Florida.

Unlike some cities, West Palm Beach isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in West Palm Beach are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (12.28%), office and administrative support (10.44%), and management occupations (8.95%).

One thing noticeable about West Palm Beach, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because West Palm Beach is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes West Palm Beach a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

West 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The population of West Palm Beach is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.37% of adults in West Palm Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in West Palm Beach in 2018 was $33,839, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $135,356 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 25.10% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Palm Beach include Haitian, Irish, German, Italian, and Jamaican.

West Palm Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.84%.

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