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Boca Raton is a city in Palm Beach County, in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area.

The community name derives from Spanish word for "mouth"

The latitude of Boca Raton is 26.358N. The longitude is -80.083W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 13 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 78,449.


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Median household income
Local
$60,248
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Boca Raton demographic reports
Boca Raton is on the Atlantic Ocean
Early planters specialized in pineapples. In the 1920s, architect Addison Mizner bought 17,000 acres and developed a posh resort

Clarence Geist bought the Boca Raton Resort & Club in 1929 and painted it pink, setting a trend

A building boom occurred in the 1970s

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 175. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 2.2 per 1,000 people.
West Palm Beach - Boca Raton was named the nation's third most dangerous metro area for pedestrians, in a 2004 study by the Surface Transportation Policy Project
Filming location for:
· 1980 movie, "Caddyshack"
· 1973 movie, "Paper Moon"
Well-known residents have included:
· Andy Roddick, tennis player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Nearby parks & recreation: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Sugar Sand Park
Historic sites and museums: Boca Raton Historical Society Museum, Children's Museum of Boca Raton, Boca Raton Museum of Art, International Museum of Cartoon Art, Ritter Art Gallery
Colleges and universities: Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 109
Pronunciations: Boca, for short

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13% of Boca Raton residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Boca Raton ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Boca Raton was $45,628, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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44% of Boca Raton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Boca Raton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $770.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,708.


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Libraries in Boca Raton include Boca Raton Public Library, Southwest County Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Boca Raton include Boca Raton News

TV stations in Boca Raton include WPPB.

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Palm Beach County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Boca Raton political report.

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Boca Raton restaurants taking online reservations include Abe and Louie's - Boca Raton, Absinthe - Boca Raton Marriott, Maxwell's Chophouse, Morton's, the Steakhouse - Boca Raton, Opus 5, Pete's Boca Raton, Ruth's Chris Steak House - Boca Raton ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Boca Raton workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 43 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Boca Raton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 5.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.

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