The Palm Beach County Population is 1,422,789 (latest US Census Bureau estimate). This makes Palm Beach the 3rd largest county in Florida by population and the 28th largest county in the US.
Located on the East coast of Florida, Palm Beach is the largest county in Florida by area and the 10th largest by population density.
Largest cities in Palm Beach County
West Palm Beach, the county seat, is the largest city in Palm Beach County and the 20th largest city in Florida, with a population of 104,031 in 2014, the latest year for which a formal estimate is available.
Despite being the oldest municipal area in Southern Florida (it was incorporated in 1894, two years before Miami) West Palm Beach is only the 19th largest city in Florida.
Including West Palm Beach, there are seven cities in Palm Beach County with a population of more than 50,000 people. They are listed in the table below.
|West Palm Beach||104,031|
|Palm Beach Gardens||50,699|
Note: All data is from 2013, except the population of West Palm Beach, which is from 2014.
Ethnicity / Race in Palm Beach County
White non-Hispanic is the largest single group in Palm Beach County, with 61.6% of the population in 2015. This is a slight drop from the 2010 census figure of 63.7%.
The next largest single group is Hispanic or Latino (17.6%, up from 16.3% in 2010), followed by Black (13.3%, up from 12.6% in 2010) and Asian (5.6%, up from 4.8% in 2010).
Haitians are the largest group of immigrants in Palm Beach, followed by Cubans and Mexicans.
Languages in Hillsborough County
Almost three quarters (73.1%) of people living in Palm Beach speak English as their first language.
Other first languages include Spanish (15.7%), French Creole (4.0%), and French (1.1%).
Economy and Income
Per capita income in Palm Beach County is $33,610. This is the 5th highest in Florida, and significantly higher than the US national average of $27,334.
Palm Beach County Population Density
Although Palm Beach is the largest county in Florida by area (2,034 square miles or 5,268km2), it is not particularly densely populated.
The population density in Palm Beach is 722 people per square mile (279 people per km2) which makes it the 10th most densely populated county in Florida.
Palm Beach County Population Growth
Although population growth in Palm Beach County slowed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, it has picked up again in recent years. In 2014, Palm Beach County was the fourth fastest growing county in the state and, in a single year, it added more residents than a number of states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania.
This table lists the Palm Beach County population at the time of each US Census, from 1910 onwards.
|Census Year||Population||Percentage Change|
Further Reading and Sources
Unless otherwise noted, all data in this article comes from the US Census Bureau.
Other resources we recommend are this Palm Beach County Government page on demographics and this page from the Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research.