West Palm Beach, FL

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2020 Population
111,006
1.13% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marco Rubio
Republican Party
US Senator
Rick Scott
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
39.1
1.01% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
17%
2.33% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$54,603
0.495% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$263,400
4.65% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
55,648
2.07% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, West Palm Beach, FL had a population of 111k people with a median age of 39.1 and a median household income of $54,603. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of West Palm Beach, FL grew from 109,767 to 111,006, a 1.13% increase and its median household income grew from $54,334 to $54,603, a 0.495% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in West Palm Beach, FL are White (Non-Hispanic) (39.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (33.2%), White (Hispanic) (17%), Other (Hispanic) (2.73%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.25%).

None of the households in West Palm Beach, FL reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

86.6% of the residents in West Palm Beach, FL are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in West Palm Beach, FL are Palm Beach Atlantic University (781 degrees awarded in 2020) and Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-West Palm Beach (144 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in West Palm Beach, FL was $263,400, and the homeownership rate was 48.2%.

Most people in West Palm Beach, FL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.7 minutes. The average car ownership in West Palm Beach, FL was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

West Palm Beach, FL is home to a population of 111k people, from which 86.6% are citizens. As of 2020, 26.6% of West Palm Beach, FL residents were born outside of the country (29.6k people).

In 2020, there were 1.18 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (43.6k people) in West Palm Beach, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 18.9k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

86.6%
2020 Citizenship
86%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 86.6% of West Palm Beach, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in West Palm Beach, FL was 86%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in West Palm Beach, FL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    43.6k ± 1.9k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    36.9k ± 2.17k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    18.9k ± 1.63k
23%
Hispanic Population
25.5k people

In 2020, there were 1.18 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (43.6k people) in West Palm Beach, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 18.9k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

23% of the people in West Palm Beach, FL are hispanic (25.5k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Cuba
    1,006,483 ± 24,039 people
  2. Haiti
    335,997 ± 14,118 people
  3. Colombia
    281,766 ± 12,945 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 1,006,483 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 335,997 and Colombia with 281,766.

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Foreign-Born Population

26.6%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
29.6k people
27.8%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
30.6k people

As of 2020, 26.6% of West Palm Beach, FL residents (29.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in West Palm Beach, FL was 27.8%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,731 ± 304
  2. Korea
    581 ± 175
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    553 ± 187

West Palm Beach, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.98 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of West Palm Beach, FL employs 55.6k people. The largest industries in West Palm Beach, FL are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,754 people), Retail Trade (7,164 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,707 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($78,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,250), and Public Administration ($56,126).

Males in Florida have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,168. The income inequality in Florida (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

55.6k
2020 Value
± 2,190
2.07%
1 Year growth
± 5.15%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in West Palm Beach, FL grew at a rate of 2.07%, from 54.5k employees to 55.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in West Palm Beach, FL, are Sales & Related Occupations (6,825 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,466 people), and Management Occupations (4,867 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of West Palm Beach, FL.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Florida (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

55.6k
2020 Value
± 2,190
2.07%
1 Year growth
± 5.15%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in West Palm Beach, FL grew at a rate of 2.07%, from 54.5k employees to 55.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in West Palm Beach, FL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,754 people), Retail Trade (7,164 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,707 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of West Palm Beach, FL, though some of these residents may live in West Palm Beach, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,015
Median earning men ± $2,372
$30,756
Median earning women ± $1,366

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($65,307), Wholesale Trade ($57,540), and Manufacturing ($53,351).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($50,000), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,988), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,417).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Florida. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Florida.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $94.8B
  2. $62.6B
  3. $59.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $94.8B, followed by Electronics ($62.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($59.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Florida products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$688B
2020 Value in Florida
$1.41T
Projected 2050 Value in Florida
105% growth

In 2020, total outbound Florida trade was $688B. This is expected to increase 105% to $1.41T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Florida trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $24.9B
  2. $19.2B
  3. $15.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $24.9B, followed by California with $19.2B and Texas and $15.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Florida shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing the state of Florida. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Florida is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Florida

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Marco Rubio
Senator from Florida3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Rick Scott
Senator from Florida1
Assumed office on January 8, 2019
Inauguration delayed in order to finish his term as Governor of Florida.

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing Florida.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Florida over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Florida

Florida is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Florida have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in West Palm Beach, FL awarded 925 degrees. The student population of West Palm Beach, FL in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 1,379 male students and 2,600 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in West Palm Beach, FL are White (425 and 48%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (185 and 20.9%), Black or African American (148 and 16.7%), and Unknown (57 and 6.43%).

The largest universities in West Palm Beach, FL by number of degrees awarded are Palm Beach Atlantic University (781 and 84.4%) and Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-West Palm Beach (144 and 15.6%).

The most popular majors in West Palm Beach, FL are Registered Nursing (82 and 8.86%), Pharmacy (67 and 7.24%), and General Business Administration & Management (62 and 6.7%).

The median tuition cost in West Palm Beach, FL for private four year colleges is $32,880.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
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In 2020 in West Palm Beach, FL, the percentage of applicants admitted was 91.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 36.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 3,979 (34.7% men and 65.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 3,979 students enrolled in West Palm Beach, FL, 34.7% men and 65.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,105 records, of which 63.6% were women and 36.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 82 degree-majors awarded
  2. 55 degree-majors awarded
  3. 40 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in West Palm Beach, FL was Registered Nursing with 82 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in West Palm Beach, FL according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 781 degrees awarded
  2. 144 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Palm Beach Atlantic University with 781 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 280 men were awarded degrees from institutions in West Palm Beach, FL, which is 0.434 times less than the 645 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 425 degrees mean that there were 2.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 185 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($32,880) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($596) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,066) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 1.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.09% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (4.93M), Some college (3.6M), and Bachelors Degree (3.09M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in West Palm Beach, FL was $263,400 in 2020, which is 1.15 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $251,700 to $263,400, a 4.65% increase. The homeownership rate in West Palm Beach, FL is 48.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in West Palm Beach, FL have an average commute time of 23.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in West Palm Beach, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in West Palm Beach, FL is $54,603. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in West Palm Beach, FL was Census Tract 79.09 with a value of $114,462, followed by Census Tract 36 and Census Tract 78.31, with respective values of $90,500 and $89,483.

Property

$263,400
Median Property Value 2020
±$8,529
$21,128
Median Property Taxes
±$1,193

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In West Palm Beach, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in West Palm Beach, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

48.2%
Homeownership
2020
65.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 48.2% of the housing units in West Palm Beach, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 48.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 79.09
  2. Census Tract 36
  3. Census Tract 78.31

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in West Palm Beach, FL was Census Tract 79.09 with a value of $114,462, followed by Census Tract 36 and Census Tract 78.31, with respective values of $90,500 and $89,483.

The following map shows all of the places in West Palm Beach, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$54,603
Median Household Income
± $1,982
43.8k
Number of Households
± 1,795

In 2020, the median household income of the 43.8k households in West Palm Beach, FL grew to $54,603 from the previous year's value of $54,334.

The following chart displays the households in West Palm Beach, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for West Palm Beach, FL is from Florida.
0.472
2020 Wage GINI in Florida
0.473
2019 Wage GINI in Florida

In 2020, the income inequality in Florida was 0.472 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.289% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (76.1%)
  2. Carpooled (9.37%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.47%)

In 2020, 76.1% of workers in West Palm Beach, FL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.37%) and those who worked at home (7.47%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

23.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in West Palm Beach, FL have a shorter commute time (23.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.25% of the workforce in West Palm Beach, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in West Palm Beach, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in West Palm Beach, FL have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in West Palm Beach, FL (18.3k out of 108k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in West Palm Beach, FL is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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84.6% of the population of West Palm Beach, FL has health coverage, with 37.6% on employee plans, 17% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 15% on non-group plans, and 1.15% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Florida was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in Palm Beach County, FL see 1262 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0792% decrease from the previous year (1263 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1328 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 457 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Florida, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,262 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Palm Beach County, FL

Primary care physicians in Palm Beach County, FL see an average of 1,262 patients per year. This represents a 0.0792% decrease from the previous year (1,263 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Palm Beach County, FL in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Florida across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.1% under 18 years, 25.7% between 18 and 34 years, 36.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47% were men and 53% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

15.4%
Uninsured
37.6%
Employer Coverage
17%
Medicaid
13.8%
Medicare
15%
Non-Group
1.15%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in West Palm Beach, FL declined by 4.69% from 16.2% to 15.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in West Palm Beach, FL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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