West Palm Beach, FL

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Population

106,805

1.74% growth

Median Age

39.6


Median Household Income

$49,054

5.1% growth

Poverty Rate

18.9%


Number of Employees

52,397

2.02% growth

Median Property Value

$218,200

10.1% growth

About

In 2017, West Palm Beach, FL had a population of 107k people with a median age of 39.6 and a median household income of $49,054. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of West Palm Beach, FL grew from 104,978 to 106,805, a 1.74% increase and its median household income grew from $46,672 to $49,054, a 5.1% increase.

The population of West Palm Beach, FL is 38.7% White Alone, 33.5% Black or African American Alone, and 23% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in West Palm Beach, FL speak a non-English language, and 85.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in West Palm Beach, FL are Palm Beach Atlantic University (789 degrees awarded in 2017) and Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-West Palm Beach (145 degrees).

The median property value in West Palm Beach, FL is $218,200, and the homeownership rate is 48.6%. Most people in West Palm Beach, FL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.5 minutes. The average car ownership in West Palm Beach, FL is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of West Palm Beach, FL employs 52.4k people. The largest industries in West Palm Beach, FL are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,392 people), Retail Trade (6,752 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,827 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($78,438), Utilities ($77,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,681).

Median household income in West Palm Beach, FL is $49,054. Males in West Palm Beach, FL have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,078. The income inequality in West Palm Beach, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,054

2017 value

± $2,240

5.1%

1 Year Growth

± 5.53%

Households in West Palm Beach, FL have a median annual income of $49,054, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,672 in 2016, which represents a 5.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,931

Average Male Salary

± $842

$44,078

Average Female Salary

± $574

In 2017, full-time male employees in Florida made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,227 ± $3,227

  2. Alaska Native

    $50,175 ± $47,169

  3. White

    $47,927 ± $556

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Florida workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Alaska Native workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for West Palm Beach, FL is from Florida.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Florida was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.259% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Florida across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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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 78.37

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in West Palm Beach, FL was Census Tract 79.09 with a value of $105,192, followed by Census Tract 36 and Census Tract 78.37, with respective values of $78,300 and $71,622.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in West Palm Beach, FL (19.7k out of 104k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 6 - 11.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    9,737 ± 862

  2. Black

    8,088 ± 696

  3. Hispanic

    6,719 ± 748

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

52.4k

2017 Value

± 1,890

2.02%

1 Year growth

± 4.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in West Palm Beach, FL grew at a rate of 2.02%, from 51.4k employees to 52.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in West Palm Beach, FL, are Sales & Related Occupations (6,587 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,560 people), and Management Occupations (4,738 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of West Palm Beach, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of West Palm Beach, FL, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (6,587 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,560 people), and Management Occupations (4,738 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, West Palm Beach, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.82 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.57 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of West Palm Beach, FL, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($73,668), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($69,662), and Legal Occupations ($69,444).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

52.4k

2017 Value

± 1,890

2.02%

1 Year growth

± 4.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in West Palm Beach, FL grew at a rate of 2.02%, from 51.4k employees to 52.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in West Palm Beach, FL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,392 people), Retail Trade (6,752 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,827 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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Most Common

The most common industries in West Palm Beach, FL, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,392 people), Retail Trade (6,752 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,827 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, West Palm Beach, FL has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.71 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.69 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.62 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in West Palm Beach, FL, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($78,438), Utilities ($77,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,681).

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Domestic Trade

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. $63.5B

  2. $51.6B

  3. $41.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $63.5B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($51.6B) and Electronics ($41.8B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Florida state.

$497B

2020 Value

$714B

Projected 2045 Value

43.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound Florida trade was $497B. This is expected to increase 43.6% to $714B by 2045.

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. $19.5B

  2. $16.6B

  3. $11.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $19.5B, followed by Texas with $16.6B and California and $11.5B.

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

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Health

82.5% of the population of West Palm Beach, FL has health coverage, with 36.7% on employee plans, 17.1% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 1.39% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in West Palm Beach, FL see 1376 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.218% decrease from the previous year (1379 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1735 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 703 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.9%). Additionally, Liberty County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,376 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Florida see an average of 1,376 patients per year. This represents a 0.218% decrease from the previous year (1,379 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Florida in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,076

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,606

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,175

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,229

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Florida (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,688 to $8,076.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

17.5%

Uninsured

36.7%

Employer Coverage

17.1%

Medicaid

13.3%

Medicare

13.9%

Non-Group

1.39%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in West Palm Beach, FL declined by 9.48% from 19.3% to 17.5%.

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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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.9% prevalence

  2. 15.8% prevalence

  3. 15.5% prevalence

Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 16.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Florida by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

West Palm Beach, FL is home to a population of 107k people, from which 85.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 27% of West Palm Beach, FL residents were born outside of the country (28.9k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of West Palm Beach, FL is composed of 41.4k White Alone residents (38.7%), 35.8k Black or African American Alone residents (33.5%), 24.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (23%), 2.95k Asian Alone residents (2.76%), 1.54k Two or More Races residents (1.44%), 346 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.324%), 147 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.138%), and 13 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0122%).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in West Palm Beach, FL was 39.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in West Palm Beach, FL are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all West Palm Beach, FL residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

27%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

28.9k people

26.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

28.2k people

As of 2017, 27% of West Palm Beach, FL residents (28.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in West Palm Beach, FL was 26.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Cuba

    951,787 ± 23,383 people

  2. Haiti

    321,904 ± 13,819 people

  3. Mexico

    272,262 ± 12,724 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 951,787 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 321,904 and Mexico with 272,262.

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Citizenship

85.8%

2017 Citizenship

85.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 85.8% of West Palm Beach, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in West Palm Beach, FL was 85.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    41.4k ± 1.69k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    35.8k ± 1.47k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    24.6k ± 1.98k

In 2017, there were 1.16 times more White Alone residents (41.4k people) in West Palm Beach, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.8k Black or African American Alone and 24.6k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in West Palm Beach, FL as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,812 ± 287

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    562 ± 182

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    483 ± 171

West Palm Beach, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in West Palm Beach, FL awarded 934 degrees. The student population of West Palm Beach, FL is skewed towards women, with 1,400 male students and 2,602 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in West Palm Beach, FL are White (466 and 51.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (200 and 22.3%), Black or African American (165 and 18.4%), and Two or More Races (28 and 3.12%).

The largest universities in West Palm Beach, FL by number of degrees awarded are Palm Beach Atlantic University (789 and 84.5%) and Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-West Palm Beach (145 and 15.5%).

The most popular majors in West Palm Beach, FL are Mental Health Counseling (80 and 8.57%), General Psychology (65 and 6.96%), and General Business Administration & Management (62 and 6.64%).

The median tuition costs in West Palm Beach, FL are $29,510 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 65 degrees awarded

  2. 50 degrees awarded

  3. 47 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in West Palm Beach, FL was General Psychology with 65 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 789 degrees awarded

  2. 145 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$29,510

Median Private

In 2017, the West Palm Beach, FL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Palm Beach Atlantic University with 789 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

253

Degrees Awarded to Men

681

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 253 men were awarded degrees from institutions in West Palm Beach, FL, which is 0.372 times less than the 681 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in West Palm Beach, FL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    466 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    200 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    165 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in West Palm Beach, FL were to White students. These 466 degrees mean that there were 2.33 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 200 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in West Palm Beach, FL was $218,200 in 2017, which is 0.95 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $198,100 to $218,200, a 10.1% increase. The homeownership rate in West Palm Beach, FL is 48.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in West Palm Beach, FL have an average commute time of 21.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in West Palm Beach, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$218,200

2017 Median

± $7,020

$198,100

2016 Median

± $8,328

In 2017, the median property value in West Palm Beach, FL grew to to $218,200 from the previous year's value of $198,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in West Palm Beach, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In West Palm Beach, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$49,054

Median Household Income

± $2,240

41.4k

Number of Households

± 1,385

In 2017, the median household income of the 41.4k households in West Palm Beach, FL grew to $49,054 from the previous year's value of $46,672.

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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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in West Palm Beach, FL 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.

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Rent vs Own

48.6%

2017 Homeownership

48.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 48.6% 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%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in West Palm Beach, FL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in West Palm Beach, FL have a shorter commute time (21.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.84% of the workforce in West Palm Beach, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78%

  2. Carpooled

    8.63%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.17%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in West Palm Beach, FL was Drove Alone (78%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.63%) and those who Worked At Home (5.17%).

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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Transportation

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, followed by 1 car.

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