West Palm Beach Living

Are you interested in living in West Palm Beach? Located in Palm Beach County, the city of West Palm Beach is located approximately 68 miles from downtown Miami and about 170 to Orlando. The city has a steadily growing population and is expected to grow more as the years go by. Building a West Palm Beach custom home would allow you all the luxuries of living on or near a beautiful beach while still being close enough to catch a professional ball game or take in the nightlife in Miami or Orlando.

Wonderful Schools and Medical Facilities in West Palm Beach, Florida

Two important factors in choosing a place to build your custom home are great schools and medical facilities. West Palm Beach has both. The School District of Palm Beach County offers a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower students to reach their highest potential with the most effective staff to foster the skills and knowledge required for responsible citizenship and productive careers. West Palm Beach has medical facilities that offer state-of-the-art healthcare to keep you and your family well.

Great Shopping, Dining & Entertainment West Palm Beach

From Palm Beach Outlets to Antique Row, West Palm Beach has wonderful shopping for anyone’s taste. The candy-colored storefronts of Northwood Village is known for its wonderful art galleries and global cuisine. Rosemary Square is an open-air shopping experience that hosts fun events and live music. Clematis Street, overlooking Lake Worth Lagoon, boasts of fun bars, cafes and an array of beautiful murals.

Art lovers will be wowed by our extensive art collections. From the Norton Museum of Art to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach is a treat for art aficionados. After touring an art exhibit, a night at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a must. For the young at heart, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society or the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium would be the ticket.

Great Shopping, Dining & Entertainment West Palm Beach

From Palm Beach Outlets to Antique Row, West Palm Beach has wonderful shopping for anyone’s taste. The candy-colored storefronts of Northwood Village is known for its wonderful art galleries and global cuisine. Rosemary Square is an open-air shopping experience that hosts fun events and live music. Clematis Street, overlooking Lake Worth Lagoon, boasts of fun bars, cafes and an array of beautiful murals.

History of West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach was incorporated in 1894. It was the first incorporated municipality in Dade County and 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 during this period. In 1928, the Okeechobee hurricane devastated the city. The city only recovered with the onset of World War II when the Palm Beach Air Force Base was built which brought thousands of military families to the city. West Palm Beach has had many ups and downs over the years. Today it is a wonderful community with lots of ambiance.

West Palm Beach Demographics

West Palm Beach, Florida, has a population of 109,767 and the city has a total area of 58.2 square miles of which 3.1 square miles is water. The population density is 1,807 square miles. The median income is $28,172. In West Palm Beach, 58.2% of the population is White, 34.4% is Black or African American, 25.1% is Hispanic or Latino, and 2.1% is Asian.
West Palm Beach
Total Population
100000
Median Age
39.5
Palm Beach County
Total Population
1000000
Median Age
44.8
Florida
Total Population
10000000
Median Age
42

Cost of Living in West Palm Beach, FL

West Palm Beach

  • Cost of Living Index: $108.10
  • Grocery: $104.80
  • Healthcare: $98.81
  • Housing: $104.40
  • Utilities: $97.10
  • Transportation: $127.40
  • Medium Home Cost: $241,400

Florida

  • Cost of Living Index: $102.10
  • Grocery: $102.80
  • Healthcare: $98.00
  • Housing: $102.60
  • Utilities: $101.30
  • Transportation: $112.60
  • Medium Home Cost: $237,100

United States

  • Cost of Living Index: $100.00
  • Grocery: $100.00
  • Healthcare: $100.00
  • Housing: $100.00
  • Utilities: $100.00
  • Transportation: $100.00
  • Medium Home Cost: $231,200

West Palm Beach Climate

West Palm Beach has a tropical climate with a mean temperature above 64.4 degrees monthly. The wet season is May-October. The dry season is November-April. Average highs are mid 70s to mid 80s, and average lows are 60s to mid 70s.

Schools Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach K-12 public education is administrated by the School District of Palm Beach County, the 11th largest school district in the US by enrollment. www.palmbeachschools.org. If you prefer a private education for your children, West Palm Beach has several private schools to choose from. West Palm Beach is home to Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Keiser University, as well as Lincoln College of Technology, Florida Culinary Institute and Southeastern College. Great schools makes building your custom home in West Palm Beach enticing if you have school-age children.

Electric Companies

Florida Power & Light (FPL)
561-697-8000
www.fpl.com

Florida Public Utilities
800-427-7712
www.fpuc.com

Gas Companies

Florida Public Utilities

800-427-7712

www.fpuc.com

Water & Sewer

City of West Palm Beach Utilities

561-822-2222

www.wpb.org/utilities

 

Palm Beach County Water Utilities Dept.

561-740-4600

www.pbcgov.com/waterutilities

Garbage & Recycling

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

561-640-4000

www.swa.org

Cable, Internet & Phone Service

AT&T

855-369-6101

www.att.com

 

DirecTV

855-844-4388

www.directv.com

 

DISH

888-605-7537

www.dish.com

 

Hotwire Connections

800-355-5618

www.gethotwired.com

 

Verizon Wireless

561-616-0100

www.verizonwireless.com

 

Xfinity

800-934-6489

www.xfinity.com

Voter Registration

Palm Beach County Elections

561-656-6200

www.pbcelections.org

License & Registration

Palm Beach County Department of Motor Vehicles

www.dmvflorida.org/palmbeach