Boca Raton is the core of the South Palm Beach County metropolitan community. Beautiful parks along with economic opportunities create a unique quality of life that is the envy of its neighbors. Boca Raton has three of the ten most expensive gated communities in the US. The Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club holds the #1 spot, The Sanctuary is #6 and Le Lac takes the #8 spot. Building a Boca Raton custom home would make you a resident of the “Beverly Hills of Florida” and Steve Cury Construction is the home builder to make your dream Boca house a reality.
Important factors in choosing a place to build your custom home are great schools and medical facilities. Boca Raton has both. Boca Raton has medical facilities that offer state of the art healthcare to keep you and your family well. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is ranked #1 in Palm Beach County and #19 in Florida by US News & World Report. For the year 2020-2021 BR Regional was listed among the nation’s High Performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure and hip replacement treatment.
Boca Raton has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Florida. The public schools have an average math proficiency score of 79% (versus the overall state average of 59%). There are a variety of private school options available as well with 40 schools serving 9,078 students in 2021. In addition, the Boca based Florida Atlantic University’s teacher prep program has been ranked #1 in the state.
The Boca Raton Bowl (NCAA sanctionedDicsion 1 college football) features the Mid-American Conference facing off against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference (AAC) or Conference USA (C-USA) in alternating years. Each conference participates four times during the six-year agreement, which began with the 2014 season. The Bowl is held at the Florida Atlantic University Stadium on Glades Road.
In addition to college football, there are diverse cultural events in Boca Raton. St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church hosts a popular Greek festival in January and an estimated 15,000 people attended the festival in 2018.Additionally, the Festival of the Arts BOCA is held each Spring, and the Brazilian Beat Festival in the Fall.
Mizner Park is a lifestyle center that contains several stores, fashion boutiques, restaurants, an iPic movie theater and housing in downtoan Boca Raton. Other cultural attractions are the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Count de Hoernele Amphitheater. Royal Palm Place contains upscale shopping, restaurants and apartments and is adjacent to Mizner Park.
Town Center at Boca Raton is an upscale regional shopping area that is the largest enclosed and conventional shopping mall within Palm Beach County, and the third largest by square few feet in South Florida. A planned lifestyle center called The Collection at Boca Town Center will provide shopping, dining and entertainment. Also a Restaurant Row is planned by Crocker Partners to be built near the mall.
Boca is a hub for commerce. Call Steve Cury Construction, custom home builder in Boca Raton to discuss your home plans if you want to live near the corporate life. Office Depot has its global headquarters on a 28-acre campus in the city. At One Park Place, The GEO Group has its headquarters. Media company Friend Finder Networks, hotel company Luxury Resorts, consumer products company Jarden, e-retailerVitacost, and BMI Gaming are also based in Boca Raton. Hospitality establishments such as the Dell-owned Boca Raton Resort and Club also contribute to the economy of the city.
Boca Raton was incorporated in 1894. It was the first incorporated municipality in South Florida. The city grew quickly in the 1920s as part of the Florida land boom. Many of the city’s landmark structures and preserved neighborhoods were constructed by Addison Mizner, an architect who in 1925 announced his plan to create the “foremost resort city on the North American continent”. The Mizner Development company issued $5 million of stock which sold in less than a week to names such as Harold Vanderbilt, Rodman Wanamaker, Irving Berlin, Elizabeth Arden, Clarence H. Geist and T. Coleman du Pont. Mizner designed and built the first town hall/police & fire station/library which today houses the Boca’s Welcome Center and Historical Society. He also built one of the only “5 star” hotels in Florida which was the Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn in 1926. It was renamed the Boca Raton Resort & Club. In 1969 an addition of the “pink tower” hotel makes it visible from miles away as a monument to the Intracoastal Waterway. However, due to the 1926 hurricane and the end of the Florida land boom, Mizner’s plans were never completed.
In the late 1960s, IBM opened a manufacturing plant in the area and purchased several hundred acres of real estate west of the CSX rail line and northwest of Florida Atlantic University. Originally situated in unincorporated Palm Beach County, the site was annexed into Boca Raton almost a year following its dedication in 1970. The campus was designed with its own electrical substation, water pumping station and rail spur.
By 1984 IBM had 8,500 employees and was Palm Beach County’s largest corporate employer, with 8,500 Boca Raton employees.IBM maintained its facilities in the South Florida area until 1996.What used to be IBM’s Building 051 was donated to the Palm Beach County School District and converted into Don Estridge High Tech Middle School. It is named after Don Estridge, whose team was responsible for developing the IBM PC. IBM returned in July 2001, opening the software development laboratory at Beacon Square off Congress Avenue.
It is noteworthy that still left standing inside the old IBM complex is the office and conference table where Bill Gates signed his historic deal to supply IBM with the Microsoft MS-DOS operating system for its personal computer line.
Statistics Boca Raton Palm Beach County Florida
Total Population 100,713 1,497,000 21,480,000
Median Age 48.5 44.8 42
Boca Raton, Florida, is the 23rd largest city in Florida, spanning over 32 miles with a population density of 3,452 people per square mile. The average household income is $138,222 with the median age of 48.5 years for its residents. Boca Raton has a 0.45% growth rate with a population that is 86.65% White, 4.53% Black or African American, 2.94% Asian, 3.6% other race, 2.14% Two or more races, 0.11% Native American and 0.03% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
Index Boca Raton Florida USA
Cost of Living Index 121 102.8 100
Grocery 110.2 102.8 100
Healthcare 98.1 98 100
Housing 147.7 102.6 100
Utilities 96.4 101.3 100
Transportation 122.9 112.6 100
Median Home Cost $341,500 $237,100 $231,200
Boca Raton has a tropical rainforest climate and its driest month (December) averages 62.5mm of precipitation, narrowly meeting the minimum standard of 60mm in the driest month to qualify for a tropical rainforest designation. In general the climate is warm and sunny most of the year. However, daily thundershowers occur in the hot season from June through September. The warm tropical climate supports the growth of tropical trees and plants as Boca Raton is frost free.
Winter high temperatures are about 75-83 degrees, while summer high temperatures range 87-93 degrees.