Country Digest

Palm Beach County Population 2017

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.

Palm Beach County Population Growth 2016

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.

City Population
West Palm Beach 104,031
Boca Raton 89,407
Boynton Beach 89,407
Delray Beach 71,097
Wellington 60,202
Jupiter 58,298
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%.

White non-Hispanic61.6%
Hispanic or Latino17.6%
Black13.3%
Asian5.6%

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%).

English73.1%
Spanish15.7%
French Creole4.0%
French1.1%

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$33,610
US average$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
1910 5,577 n/a
1920 18,654 234.5%
1930 51,781 177.6%
1940 79,989 54.5%
1950 114,688 43.4%
1960 228,106 98.9%
1970 348,753 52.9%
1980 576,863 65.4%
1990 863,518 49.7%
2000 1,131,184 31.0%
2010 1,320,134 16.7%

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.

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