- Palm Beach, Florida
official_name = Palm Beach, Florida
The Best of Everything
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image_caption = Memorial Fountain Park in Palm Beach designed by Addison Mizner
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map_caption = Location of Palm Beach, Florida
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Palm Beach is an upscale
incorporated townin Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The Intracoastal Waterwayseparates it from the neighboring cities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. As of 2000, Palm Beach had a year-round population of 10,468, with an estimated seasonal population of 30,000. As of 2004, the year-round population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureauis 9,860. [http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2004-04-12.xls]
Palm Beach was established as a resort by
Henry Morrison Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil, who made the Atlantic coast barrier islandaccessible via his Florida East Coast Railway. The nucleus of the community was established by Flagler's two luxury resort hotels, the Royal Poinciana Hoteland The Breakers Hotel. West Palm Beach was built across Lake Worth as a service town, and has become a major city in its own right.
Flagler's houselots were bought by the beneficiaries of the
Gilded Age, and in 1902 Flagler himself built a Beaux-Arts mansion, Whitehall, designed by the New York-based firm Carrère and Hastingsand helped establish the Palm Beach winter "season" by constant entertaining. The town was incorporated on April 17 1911.
Palm Beach is the easternmost town in Florida, located on a convert|16|mi|adj=on long
According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.0 km² (10.4 mi²). 10.2 km² (3.9 mi²) of it is land and 16.9 km² (6.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 62.45% water.
As of the 2000 census, over half the population (52.6%) are 65 years of age or older, with a median age of 67 years. 9.4% are under the age of 18, 1.5% are from 18 to 24, 11.5% are from 25 to 44, and 25.0% from 45 to 64. For every 100 females there are 79.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.0 males.
per capita incomefor the town is $109,219. Males have a median income of $71,685 versus $42,875 for females. 5.3% of the population and 2.4% of families are below the poverty line. 4.6% of those under the age of 18 and 2.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
The racial makeup of the town is 96.00% White (93.8% were Non-Hispanic White,) [cite web |url=http://www.muninetguide.com/states/florida/municipality/Palm_Beach.php |title=Demographics of Palm Beach, FL |publisher=MuniNetGuide.com |accessdate=2007-11-14] 2.57% Black or African American, 0.53% Asian, 0.04% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 2.56% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The 10,468 people in the town are organized into 5,789 households and 3,021 families. The
population densityis 1,031.1/km² (2,669.2/mi²). There are 9,948 housing units at an average density of 979.8/km² (2,536.6/mi²). 7.7% of the households have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% are married couples living together, 3.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 47.8% are non-families. 42.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 27.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.81 and the average family size is 2.38.
Many of Palm Beach's residents are affluent, with a median household income of $94,562 and a median family income of $137,867. The town's affluence, and its "abundance of pleasures" and "strong community-oriented sensibility" were cited when it was selected in June, 2003 as America's "Best Place to Live" by "
Robb Report" magazine.
As of 2000, speakers of English was the
first languageof 87.81% of all residents, while French comprised 4.48%, Spanish consisted of 3.65%, German made up 2.16%, Italian speakers made up 0.45%, Yiddish made up 0.36%, Russian was at 0.30% (even though those of Russian ancestrymade up 10.30% of the population), Arabic and Swedish at 0.25%, and Polish was the mother tongueof 0.24% of the population. [cite web |url=http://www.mla.org/map_data_results&state_id=12&county_id=&mode=&zip=&place_id=54025&cty_id=&ll=&a=&ea=&order=r |title=MLA Data Center Results of Palm Beach, FL |publisher= Modern Language Association|accessdate=2007-11-14]
As of 2000, Palm Beach's had the fortieth highest percentage of
Russian residents in the U.S., with 10.30% of the populace (tied with Pomona, NY and the townshipof Lower Merion, PA). [cite web |url=http://www.epodunk.com/ancestry/Russian.html |title=Ancestry Map of Russian Communities |publisher=Epodunk.com |accessdate=2007-11-14] It also had the twenty-sixth highest percentage of Austrian residents in the US, at 2.10% of the town's population (which tied with 19 other US areas). [cite web |url=http://www.epodunk.com/ancestry/Austrian.html |title=Ancestry Map of Austrian Communities |publisher=Epodunk.com |accessdate=2007-11-14]
The city is served by
Palm Beach International Airportand Amtrak[http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Station/Station_Page&code=WPB] , as well as Tri-Rail– all located in West Palm Beach connecting Palm Beach to Miami.Public transportation is available through Palm Tran, did offering several routes within the town of Palm Beach until May 10, 2008[http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/bus0510.html] and connecting with the rest of the county.
The northern portion of Palm Beach is served by the Route 41 bus which travels from the northern most portion of Palm Beach at the inlet and then down to Royal Palm Way, across the Royal Park Bridge into West Palm Beach and up to the government center, and then follows the same route in reverse. This Island of Palm Beach was served by the Route 42 Palm Tran bus from Lantana in the south going along State Road A1A up to Royal Poncianna Way where it crosses over the Flagler Memorial Bridge into West Palm Beach to the government center and then back again for the southbound trip. Route 42 ended on May 10. 2008 due to low ridership. [http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/bus0510.html]
Private vehicles and taxis are the predominant means of transport in Palm Beach. Bicycles are a popular transport on the island, although most areas have no bicycle trails, so safe and comfortable travel is not always assured. The Lake Trail, exclusively for pedestrian and bike traffic, extends from Royal Palm Way (State Road 704) in the south up to the north end of the island. The trail follows the edge of the
Lake Worth Lagoon(part of the intercoastal waterway) except for a section between the Flagler Museumand the Biltmore Condominiums, where the trail follows the streets. Another break occurs to pass around the Sailfish Yacht Club in the north end of the island.
Traveling by bike along the ocean can be hazardous. Only a short section in the downtown area has sidewalks, and then largely used by pedestrians. Biking on the sidewalks is discouraged due to the chance of collision between bikes and walkers. The roads along the ocean are narrow and have small or no shoulders, making biking a potentially dangerous activity in those areas.
In the southern end of the island, south of Sloan's Curve, through South Palm Beach to East Ocean Avenue (linking to Lantana) is a two-mile long, relatively wide pedestrian path that is popular with walkers, runners, and bikers alike.
Points of interest
Four Arts Gardens
Notable residents — past and present
Conrad Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour a famous media baron, investor and author has lived on Palm Beach Island for over twenty years. He and his wife Barbara live on South Ocean Blvd.
Paul Ilyinskyor HH Paul Romanovsky-Ilynsky 1928 - 2005 , senior male of Romanov Dynasty, Head of House of Holstein -Gottorp, Prince of Holstein-Gottorp, Duke of Holstein - Gottorp, Prince Romanovsky - Ilynsky, U.S. Marine Corps colonel , son of HIH Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, grandson of John J. Emery , nephew of John J. Emery. Ilyinsky was elected to the Palm Beach town council in 1981. Two years later, Ilyinsky ran unopposed and spent another term as council president. He won the mayor's job in 1993, and served until 2000.
Anna Thomson Dodge (Mrs. Horace E. Dodge)1871-1970, The Dodge automotive family. Owned the residence "Playa Riente" (Demolished 1957)
Horace Dodge, The Dodge automotive family. 1868-1920 Died December 1920 at his Palm Beach residence.
Horace Dodge Jr.Auto Heir (1900-1963)
Gregg Sherwood Dodgemodel, actress, Ocean Blvd resident and widow of Horace Dodge Jr. (b. 1926)
Marjorie Merriweather Post- Post cereal heiress, socialite, and philanthropist who built Mar-A-Lagowife of E.F. Hutton
Nancy Brinker- Chief of Protocol of the United States; former United States ambassador to Hungary 2001-09-06 to 2003-06-19; founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; sister of Susan G. Komen.
William S. Burroughs, Jr.- American novelist,son of famous beat writer William S. Burroughs and great-grandson to William Seward Burroughs I, the original inventor of the Burroughs adding machine. (b. 1947)
E.F. Hutton- Wall street broker who built Mar-A-Lagohusband of Marjorie Merriweather Post
Dina Merrill- American actress and socialite (daughter of E.F. Hutton & Marjorie Merriweather Post)
Donald Trump- Business magnate and television personality
Ivana Trump- Ex-wife of Donald Trump
James Patterson- Best Selling Author
*The Lauder Family- Cosmetic Executives
Ronald Perelman- Corporate Raider, Chairman of Revlon
Barney Family- heirs to the Smith Barney banking and brokerage fortune
Ann Coulter-Syndicated columnist, author, and political commentator
Rush Limbaugh-Radio host and political commentator
Jimmy Buffett- Singer
John Kluge- Chairman of Metromedia, estimated net worth is $11 Billion
Malcolm Glazer- CEO of First Allied Corporationand sports team owner ( Manchester Unitedof the English Premier Leagueand the Tampa Bay Buccaneersof the National Football League)
James H. Clark- Founder of Netscape
S. Daniel Abraham- Creator of Slim Fast, Jewish Philanthropist
Kennedy family- Political Family
Charles Peter McColough- Former Chairman and CEO of the Xerox Corporation.
Rod Stewart- Singer
Sir Geoffrey Leigh- Property Mogul
Vera Wang- Designer
Curt Gowdy- Sportscaster
Christopher Sinclair- Former CEO of Pepsi
Henry Paulson- Current US Treasury Secretary
Adrian Wilcox- Celebrity Photographer
Dmitri Nabokov- son and literary heir of famed novelist Vladimir Nabokov
Rachel Clark- Fashion model
* [http://palmbeach.govoffice.com/ Town of Palm Beach]
* [http://www.palmbeachchamber.com/ Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://florida.greatestdivesites.com/palm_beach All the dive sites in Palm Beach]
* [http://www.palmbeachpolice.com/ Palm Beach Police Department]
* [http://www.flagler.org/ Whitehall Flagler Museum]
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