From gourmet restaurants and nightclubs to casual bars and cafes, there is something for every palate and pocketbook in downtown Delray Beach. From Open Mic nights to unique boutiques, in Delray Beach you will discover an array of entertainment. The Pineapple Grove Arts District is marked with public art and galleries. The lakeside Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens offers tea ceremonies, serene outdoor spaces & calligraphy workshops. From the Wakodahatchee Wetlands Park to the Roji-en Japanese Gardens, Cornell Art Museum, Silverball (pinball) Museum, local studios, live entertainment and DJs, diverse downtown Delray has entertainment for everyone.
Located 20 miles south of West Palm Beach, Delray Beach was incorporated in 1894. The city grew and shrank quickly in the 1920s as part of the Florida land boom and bust. During the Depression, the two Delray banks failed. But progress continued and in 1927 the City of Delray merged with the beach area to become the City of Delray Beach. During World War II, citizens of Delray watched the beach as volunteers atop the seaside Seacrest Hotel while military patrolled the beach on horseback. Growth boomed after WWII as many veterans stayed after training in nearby Boca Raton. However, it was 1980 before the population grew beyond 30,000. During the 1970s the city started to spread West and farming/ranching land was developed for housing. Delray today is a charming and vibrant city in which to build your new custom home.
Statistics from 2020 with an expected growth rate of .39% annually.
Total Population 70,001
Median Age 39.5
Average Household income $96, 439
In Delray Beach, 63.72% of the population is White, 29.09% is Black or African American, 1.98% is Asian, 2.80% other, 2.03% two or more races, 0.15% Native Havaiian or Pacific Islander and 0.09% Native American.
Index Delray Beach USA
Cost of Living Index 102.6 100
Grocery 105.9 100
Healthcare 98.1 100
Housing 87.7 100
Utilities 97.1 100
Transportation 125.2 100
Median Home Cost $274,900 $291,700
Delray Beach has a tropical climate with a mean temperature above 64.4 degrees monthly. It’s driest month is February which averages 64.8mm of precipitation. Hot and humid Summer temperatures range from 87-93 degrees F with lows around 75-78 degrees F. When occasional cold fronts hit Delray, overnight lows can sink into the 40s. These cold fronts do not typically last more than a day or two. Delray is in the middle of Florida’s Gold Coast Region and a beautiful location for your new custom home.
Delray Beachhas been the back drop for many major motion films. Most notably, CSI Miami filmed there. In Bad Boys II the “Cuban” mansion that was blown up, was actually a 40 million water front property that was demolished in the filming at Delray Beach. 1981’s erotic thriller, Body Heat, was partially filmed in Delray, as was After Midnight (2014), The Comedian (2016), Traces of Red (1992). Currently, TLC’s program “The Psychic MatchMaker” series is shot in Delray Beach. American comedian, actor and producer, Kevin James calls Delray home as does tennis professional, Serena Williams.
Delray Beach Schools are in the Palm Beach School District which has one of the highest concentrations for top ranked public schools in FLA. The top ranked public schools are Morikami Park Elementary, Banyan Creek Elementary and Bridgeprep Academy of Palm Beach.
If you prefer a private education for your children, Delray Beach has many private schools as well. Florida Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine is located in Delray and there are many colleges and universities nearby. Great schools make building your custom home in Delray Beachthe right location if your children are school-aged.