South Palm Beach, FL
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Living in South Palm Beach


South Palm Beach is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 1,470 people and two constituent neighborhoods, South Palm Beach is the 403rd largest community in Florida.

South Palm Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but South Palm Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

South Palm Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 96.72% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, South Palm Beach is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Palm Beach who work in sales jobs (16.39%), management occupations (13.52%), and healthcare (13.32%).

Of important note, South Palm Beach is also a town of artists. South Palm Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape South Palm Beach’s character.

Also of interest is that South Palm Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 14.72% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that South Palm Beach is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

In addition, South Palm Beach is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

South Palm Beach’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

South Palm Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in South Palm Beach is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In South Palm Beach, the average commute to work is 33.62 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Being a small town, South Palm Beach does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

If knowledge is power, South Palm Beach is a pretty powerful place. 61.35% of the adults in South Palm Beach have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in South Palm Beach in 2018 was $53,945, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $215,780 for a family of four. However, South Palm Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Palm Beach is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call South Palm Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Palm Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in South Palm Beach include Italian, German, Polish, English, and Irish.

In addition, South Palm Beach has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.23%).

The most common language spoken in South Palm Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.


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