Palm Beach County Communities

Created in the year 1909 from lands previously belonging to Dade County, Palm Beach County was named for its first settlement, Palm Beach. The city of Palm Beach was named for the many beaches and palm trees in the area. In addition to the area now known as Palm Beach County, the county also originally contained all the areas now known as Martin County and parts of the area now knows as Broward County and Okeechobee County.

Of all counties in Florida, Palm Beach is the largest based on area. In 2007, the estimated population of Palm Beach County is over 1.35 million residents. In population, Palm Beach County ranks third in Florida and 29th in all of the United States. Just under half of all the population dwells in areas that are not incorporated.

There are three counties that combine to make the South Florida Metropolitan Area. Palm Beach County is one of these. In age, Palm Beach County ranks number two. West Palm Beach is the county seat and the largest city in the county. West Palm beach has a population of over 105,000 residents and an additional 250,000 population in unincorporated areas. The second largest city is Boca Raton, located in the southern portion of the county with a population close to 90,000. Third largest is Boynton Beach, also in the southern portion of the county with nearly 70,000 residents.

In per capita income, Palm Beach County is the wealthiest county in Florida. This is largely due to the income of persons residing in very wealthy towns on the coast. In 2004, the per capita income of the county was over $44,500.

Mecca Wellington draws horse enthuses to the races, while golfers enjoy a world class game at Palm Beach Gardens.