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 117,415 people and 65 constituent neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is the 17th 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 (12.26%), office and administrative support (9.82%), and management occupations (8.75%).
A relatively large number of people in West Palm Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.47% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
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.
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.
The education level of West Palm Beach citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.58% 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 $34,131, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,524 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 23.01% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Palm Beach include Irish, Haitian, German, Italian, and English.
West Palm Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.64%.
The most common language spoken in West Palm Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.