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Palm Beach County is the second largest county in the state of Florida in area, after Miami-Dade County. As of 2008, the rapidly-growing county's estimated population was 1,294,654, making it the third most populous in the state and the twenty ninth most populous in the United States. Over 40 percent of the county's population lives in unincorporated areas near the Atlantic coast.

Palm Beach County is one of three counties comprising the South Florida metropolitan area, and having been formed in 1909, is the area's second oldest. Its largest city and county seat is West Palm Beach (Central County), which has an incorporated population of over 105,000 and an unincorporated population of 250,000. Boca Raton (South County), is the second largest, having a population approaching 90,000. Boynton Beach (South County), is the third largest city, with a population nearing 70,000 residents.

With wealthy coastal towns such as Palm Beach, Jupiter, Manalapan, and Boca Raton within its limits, as well as equestrian mecca Wellington and golfing haven Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County is Florida's wealthiest county, with a per capita personal income of $44,518 as of 2004.

The median price of an existing home in Palm Beach County as of September, 2006 is $380,900.

Cities in Palm Beach County include Aberdeen, Atlantis, Belle Glade, Belle Glade Camp, Boca Del Mar, Boca Pointe, Boca Raton, Boca West, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Century Village, Cloud Lake, Country Club Trail, Cypress Lakes, Delray Beach, Glen Ridge, Golden Lakes, Golf, Golfview, Greenacres, Gulf Stream, Hamptons at Boca Raton, Haverhill, High Point, Highland Beach, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Kings Point, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lakeside Green, Lantana, Manalapan, Mangonia Park, Mission Bay, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Springs, Rainbow Lakes, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Sandalfoot Cove, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Sun Valley, Tequesta, Villages of Oriole, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Westgate-Belvedere Homes and Whisper Walk.

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  County Demographics  
  As of the census of 2000, there were 1,131,184 people, 474,175 households, and 303,946 families residing in the county. The population density was 573 people per square mile (221/km²). Approximately 41% of Palm Beach County's population resides in unincorporated areas within the county. There were 556,428 housing units at an average density of 282 per square mile (109/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.05% White (70.6% were Non-Hispanic White,)[6] 13.80% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.98% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. 12.44% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. In relation to ancestry (excluding the various Hispanic and Latino ancestries), 10% were Italian, 9% German, 8% Irish, 8% American, 6% English, 4% Russian, and 4% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

196,852 of Palm Beach County residents, or 17.4% percent of the total population, were foreign-born (43% of whom were naturalized U.S. citizens).[7] The most common countries of foreign-born residents included Haiti (14%), Cuba (10%), Mexico (9%), Jamaica (6%), Canada (5%), Colombia (5%), and the United Kingdom (3%).

There were 474,175 households out of which 24.90% reported children under the living in the household, 50.80% were married couples living together without children, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.90% were non-related individuals. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

Age ranges found in the county were 21.30% under the , 6.60% aged 18 to 24, 27.00% aged 25 to 44, 22.00% aged 45 to 64, and 23.20% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. Overall, the female to male ratio was 100:93. The female to male ratio for those over the was 100:91.

The median household income was $45,062, and the median income for a family was $53,701. Males had a median income of $36,931 versus $28,674 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,801. About 6.90% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.30% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

-- 2008 Census Report -- U.S. Census Bureau 2008 Ethnic/Race Demographics: White (non-Hispanic): 63.3% Hispanic or Latino of any race: 17.8% Black (non-Hispanic): 16.5% Some other race: 7.4% Asian: 2.2% Two or more races: 1.2% American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  County History  
  Among the first residents in Palm Beach County were African Americans and many of whom were former slaves or immediate descendants of formers slaves who had escaped to the State of Florida from slave plantations located in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Runaway African slaves started coming to what was then named Spanish Florida in the late 17th century and they found refuge among the Seminole Native Americans.

Henry Flagler, who made his home in Palm Beach, was instrumental in the county's development in the early 20th century with the extension of the Florida East Coast Railway through the county from Jacksonville to Key West.

Palm Beach County was created in 1909. It was named for its first settled community, Palm Beach, in turn named for the palm trees and beaches in the area. The County was carved out of what was then the northern portion of Dade County, comprising part of the areas now occupied by Okeechobee and Broward counties, part of Martin and all of Palm Beach county, initially including all of Lake Okeechobee. The southernmost part of Palm Beach County was separated to create the northern portion of Broward County in 1915, the northwestern portion became part of Okeechobee County 1917 and southern Martin County was created from northernmost Palm Beach County in 1925. About three-quarters of Lake Okeechobee was removed from Palm Beach County in 1963 and divided up among Glades, Hendry, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

The African American population provided significant labor for the building of the county, its hotels, houses and Flagler's railroad. Palm Beach County was among the last school districts in the nation to integrate, in 1971.




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