West Palm Beach, FL, City and Higher Education Information

With more than 100,000 residents, West Palm Beach is a major employment and education center in the northern Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area. The city is home to a handful of small nonprofit schools, including Palm Beach Atlantic University. Read about it here.

Information about West Palm Beach, Florida

Situated across Lake Worth from Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Florida, is the largest city in Palm Beach County and is among the northernmost extensions of the vast South Florida metropolitan area. The city was founded primarily as a community of workers who would support Palm Beach's elite lifestyle. Today, the city continues to revolve around the tourism industry and is one of America's most popular travel destinations. Based on 2014 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, West Palm Beach had a population of 104,031.

In addition to the area's world-famous beaches, culture is one of West Palm Beach's big draws. The area offers galleries, performing arts, museums, shopping and dining. West Palm Beach's downtown is a vibrant area and one of the most popular nighttime hotspots in metropolitan South Florida. Fashionable boutiques, jazz and martini bars, trendy nightclubs and upscale restaurants line West Palm Beach's famous Clematis Street. West Palm Beach also offers family-oriented destinations like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and the the Palm Beach Zoo.

Higher Education

West Palm Beach is home to Palm Beach Atlantic University, a private university that enrolls more than 3,800 full-time students and offers several master's degrees, in addition to Keiser University. Also in West Palm Beach, the Academy of Nursing and Health Occupations offers training for prospective nurses, paramedics, patient care technicians and rehab assistants.

Economy and Employment

West Palm Beach's economy, like the economies of many South Florida cities, is mainly based on hospitality and services. Still, there is significant diversification, and the largest industries include construction, health care, education, public administration and finance. Per 2012 census data, health care and social assistance employed nearly 13,000 people. Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services employed nearly 11,000 people, while retail trade employed about 8,000.

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