West Palm Beach, FL
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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 108,161 people and 53 constituent neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is the 20th largest community in Florida.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West Palm Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Palm Beach is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West Palm Beach who work in sales jobs (12.80%), office and administrative support (12.64%), and management occupations (9.41%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

For the size of the city, public transportation in West Palm Beach is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For West Palm Beach, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

In terms of college education, West Palm Beach is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.90% of adults in West Palm Beach have a college degree.

The per capita income in West Palm Beach in 2010 was $31,426, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $125,704 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 22.76% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Palm Beach include Italian, German, Haitian, and Jamaican.

West Palm Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.82%.

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