Posted in: Living Posted on: Mar 9th, 2016

A Quick Look at Life in Palm Beach County

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Palm Beach County is one of the most beautiful and historic counties in Florida. Long known as one of the country’s premier playgrounds, nearly seven million tourists visit the county’s beautiful beaches, cultural centers, and attractions each year. In addition to tourism, the county is also home to high-tech and commercial companies. If you’re considering moving to apartments in Palm Beach County, here is a quick highlight of the region to help you reach a decision.

History

Native Americans inhabited the region for about 10,000 years before Ponce de León reportedly landed in 1513 at what is now Jupiter Inlet. Modern Palm Beach history began with Henry Flagler, a real estate and railway mogul who led the development of the county, and much of the state, from the 1890s through the earliest of the 20th century. He built the Royal Poinciana Hotel for tourists of wealth and discriminating tastes in 1894.

Geography

Palm Beach County has a land area of 1,970 square miles. The county also covers 413 square miles of water in Lake Okeechobee and the Atlantic Ocean. Palm Beach is the second largest county in the state as measured by land area, and the third largest in terms of population. The Atlantic Ocean serves as the eastern boundary, while the Intracoastal Waterway moves through the county adjacent to the Atlantic.

Neighborhoods

West Palm Beach is the county seat for Palm Beach County, with a total adjacent community population of about 250,000. Other distinctive neighborhoods include Boca Raton in the south of the county, which has a population of 90,000. The third largest city is Boynton Beach, also in the southern part of the county, with a population of nearly 70,000. There are 38 different municipalities in the county overall.

Peanut Island Park

The water fun does not seem to end at this 80-acre tropical wonderland. Situated in the Intracoastal Waterway near Lake Worth Inlet,

Flagler Museum

As mentioned above, one might well call Henry Flagler the father of modern Palm Beach County. His palatial estate, Whitehall, completed in 1902, has rightly been called one of the grandest palaces in the world. Today, the estate is a National Historic Monument open to the public as the Flagler Museum. The museum gives guided tours and presents special programs that entertain and amaze thousands of tourists each year.

With so much going on, it’s easy to see why people love living in Palm Beach County.