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

It is the county seat.

The latitude of West Palm Beach is 26.715N. The longitude is -80.053W.

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

The estimated population, in 2003, was 88,932.


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Median household income
Local
$36,774
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our West Palm Beach demographic reports
West Palm Beach is on the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway.
The city developed as a middle-class neighbor of posh Palm Beach.
Public transportation: Palm Tran (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,161. The number of murders and homicides was 14. The violent crime rate was 13.2 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.
West Palm Beach received national attention for the 1991 trial of William Kennedy Smith, who was acquitted of sexual assault charges.
Well-known residents have included:
· A.J. McLean, musician (Backstreet Boys)
· Dickey Betts, musician (Allman Brothers)
· Diana Canova, actress
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • South Florida Fair - Jan. 18-Feb. 3, 2008
  • Sunfest - May 1-4, 2008
Dates often change. Check West Palm Beach web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Okeeheelee Nature Center
West Palm Beach attractions: Palm Beach Zoo, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Historic sites and museums: Norton Museum of Art, South Florida Science Museum
Colleges and universities: Palm Beach Atlantic 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: 174

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Sections below provide additional information and links about West Palm Beach demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Palm Beach County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, West Palm Beach area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 33401 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of West Palm Beach residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the West Palm Beach ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in West Palm Beach was $23,188, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

27% of West Palm Beach residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in West Palm Beach include Flamingo Park Historic Residential District, Northwest Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in West Palm Beach, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $582.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,008.


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Libraries

Libraries in West Palm Beach include Okeechobee Boulevard Branch, Palm Beach County Public Library System, West Palm Beach Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in West Palm Beach include Palm Beach Post

TV stations in West Palm Beach include WFLX, WPEC, WPTV, WXEL.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WXEL.

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Politics

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

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West Palm Beach restaurants taking online reservations include Columbia Restaurant - West Palm, L'Opera Brasserie, Leila, Morton's, the Steakhouse - Palm Beach ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for West Palm Beach workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 41 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in West Palm Beach between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 5.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

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