West Palm Beach

Population: 104,978Median home value: $198,100 67 Ranks better than 49% of areas
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A+ West Palm Beach Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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D+ West Palm Beach Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Florida
West Palm Beach
1055% more expensive than the US average
Florida
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
West Palm Beach cost of living
F West Palm Beach Crime Total crime is 93% higher than Florida
Total crime
5,647106% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 18106% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
West Palm Beach crime
D West Palm Beach Employment Household income is 5% lower than Florida
Median household income
$46,67216% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$31,4265% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%22% higher than the US average
West Palm Beach employment
D+ West Palm Beach Housing Home value is 19% higher than Florida
Median home value
$198,1007% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,09615% higher than the US average
Home ownership
49%23% lower than the US average
West Palm Beach real estate or West Palm Beach rentals
D- West Palm Beach Schools HS graduation rate is 1% lower than Florida
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
43%13% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
27:171% higher than the US average
West Palm Beach K-12 schools or West Palm Beach colleges

Living in West Palm Beach, FL

West Palm Beach, Florida is a moderately-sized city with a population of 104,978 residents. Individuals of White (59%) and Black or African American (33%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in West Palm Beach. With average one way commute time of only 23 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in West Palm Beach, Florida could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around West Palm Beach, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, education, housing and more.

With a livability score of 67/100, West Palm Beach is ranked #14,718 in the United States and #694 in Florida. Based on the scores for each individual category, West Palm Beach has received high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A). Unfortunately for West Palm Beach, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), education (D-) and employment (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in West Palm Beach, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, Palm Beach Segway Tours and Scooter Rentals, and CityPlace.

Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that West Palm Beach has an unemployment rate of 0.46% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in West Palm Beach is actually affordable. The median home price for West Palm Beach homes is $198,100, which is 18.8% higher than the Florida average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in West Palm Beach, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.2, which is 23.5% higher than the Florida average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in West Palm Beach were 9.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 13.6%.

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Compare West Palm Beach, FL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around West Palm Beach, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Side, West Palm Beach813.86,777
Flamingo Park, West Palm Beach791.5998
El Cid, West Palm Beach781.6728
Sunshine Park, West Palm Beach771.6348
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
River Walk, West Palm Beach766.6916
Northwood Pines, West Palm Beach751.8978
Downtown, West Palm Beach750.51,486
Southland Park, West Palm Beach742.2942

Best Cities Near West Palm Beach, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rio, FL8636.5983
Cabana Colony, FL869.92,578
Lake Clarke Shores, FL8553,517
Coconut Creek, FL8531.257,731
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Palm Beach, FL858.61,309
Jupiter, FL8514.560,597
Hillsboro Beach, FL84301,467
North Palm Beach, FL847.312,581
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A Gorgeous City: West Palm Beach, FL

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Living in West Palm Beach is like living in a dream for its lucky residents. This city is one of the most wealthy in the world and has some of the most high end shopping you will ever find. Some of the most famous people in the country flock to Palm Beach as their source of relaxation and "living the good life." Donald Trump, Venus and Serena Williams, and Rod Stewart are just a few of the famous names residing in West Palm Beach. The city has everything to offer that one could imagine.

Personally, I absolutely adored the year I lived in West Palm Beach. It was one of the most fantastic years of my life, due to the high quality restaurants and beaches in the area. One great thing I did was take a boat tour of the wealthy homes on the beach in West Palm Beach. This was quite the adventure, as someone who knew little about the magnificence of West Palm Beach. There are also plenty of great nightclubs in West Palm Beach. You are likely to spot a celebrity if you do decide to vacation or live in West Palm Beach! This city has everything to offer you.
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Source: The West Palm Beach, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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