Palm Beach, FL, City Information and Education Facts

Palm Beach is a small town on Florida's Atlantic coast, about 65 miles north of the Miami metropolitan area. The area is home to a large tourism industry and a few universities, career schools, technical institutes and colleges. Read more about the town's economy, attractions and schools below.

Information About Palm Beach, Florida

Despite being only 14 miles long by one-half mile wide and having a population of just 8,503 (according to 2014 U.S. census estimates), Palm Beach is one of Florida's most well-known attractions. For decades, the small palm-filled island town has been attracting people hoping to experience Florida's rich history, diversity, culture and economy.

Palm Beach is a popular tourist destination and has 3 miles of white sandy beaches. The Worth Avenue shopping district offers designer stores, art galleries, fine dining and appealing architecture, which includes the Flagler Museum, once the 55-room home of Henry Flagler, the town's wealthy founder. Free guided tours of Palm Beach's famous resort, the Breakers, are available and popular with visitors. Located on South County Road just off the main strip, The Breakers, with its elaborate design including painted ceilings and huge tapestries, is the last of Palm Beach's high-end resorts.

Higher Education

Palm Beach itself is not home to any institutions of higher education, but nearby West Palm Beach hosts 10 schools and colleges. Palm Beach Atlantic University, a private not-for-profit 4-year Christian school, is the largest school in West Palm Beach, enrolling about 3,865 students in its associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. The Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations is the only other non-profit, private school in West Palm Beach; it enrolls just over 400 students. Lake Worth is home to Palm Beach State College, a public technical and vocational institution with 28,517 students; it's the only public and largest higher education institution within 20 miles of Palm Beach.

Economy

Tourism is Palm Beach's number-one industry, generating over $4.83 billion in visitor spending in 2015. The town also had a record-breaking 6.9 million visitors in 2015. According to 2010-2014 census data, the median household income in the town is about $105,700 per year, while the median home value is about $931,700, based on census data.

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