West Palm Beach, Florida

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West Palm Beach
City
City of West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach
Official seal of West Palm Beach
Seal
Nickname(s): Orchid City, West Palm, WPB
Location in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida.
Location in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida.
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
West Palm Beach is located in Florida
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach
Location in Florida and the United States
West Palm Beach is located in the US
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach (the US)
Coordinates: 26°42′35″N 80°03′51″W / 26.70972°N 80.06417°W / 26.70972; -80.06417Coordinates: 26°42′35″N 80°03′51″W / 26.70972°N 80.06417°W / 26.70972; -80.06417
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Palm Beach County, Florida.png Palm Beach
Settled (Lake Worth Country Settlement) Circa 1884[1]
Platted 1893
Incorporated (Town of West Palm Beach) November 5, 1894[1]
Incorporated (City of West Palm Beach) July 21, 1903[1]
Named for Palm Beach
Government
 • Type Mayor-Commission
 • Mayor Geraldine "Jeri" Muoio (D)
 • Commissioners Sylvia Moffett, Cory Neering, Paula Ryan, Keith A. James, and Shanon Materio
 • City Administrator Jeffrey L. Green
 • City Clerk Hazeline F. Carson
 • City Attorney Kimberly Rothenburg
Area[2]
 • City 57.69 sq mi (149.43 km2)
 • Land 55.13 sq mi (142.80 km2)
 • Water 2.56 sq mi (6.63 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (6.4 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • City 99,919
 • Estimate (2016) 108,161
 • Rank US: 275th
 • Density 1,961.75/sq mi (757.44/km2)
 • Urban 5,502,379 (US: 4th)
 • Metro 5,828,191 (US: 8th)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33401–33422
Area code 561
FIPS code 12-76600
GNIS feature ID 0293097[4]
Website http://wpb.org

West Palm Beach is a city of Florida in the United States. West Palm Beach is the county seat of Palm Beach County, Florida. As of 2015, the population of West Palm beach was 106,779.[5]

History[change | change source]

The city was founded by Henry Flagler as a community to house the servants working in the two grand hotels on the neighboring island of Palm Beach, across Lake Worth. The original spelling was "Westpalmbeach", but it was feared that the 13-letter word would be a bad omen for the new community. On November 5, 1894, 78 people met at the "Calaboose" (the first jail and police station located at Clematis St. and Poinsettia, now Dixie Hwy.) and passed the motion to incorporate the Town of West Palm Beach in what was then Dade County (now Miami-Dade County).[6] This made West Palm Beach the oldest incorporated municipality in the county and in South Florida. The town council quickly addressed the building codes and the tents and shanties were replaced by brick, brick veneer, and stone buildings. The city grew rapidly in the 1920s as part of the Florida land boom. Many of the city's landmark structures and old neighborhoods were built during this period.

Originally, Flagler intended for his Florida East Coast Railway to end in West Palm but after the area experienced a deep freeze, he chose to extend the railroad to Miami instead.

In the 1960s, Palm Beach County's first enclosed shopping mall, the Palm Beach Mall, and an indoor arena were completed. They led to a short revival for the city, but crime continued to be a serious problem and by the early 1990s there were not many people living or working in downtown. Since the 1990s, developments such as CityPlace and renovation of 1920s architecture on Clematis Street have brought people back to downtown for the entertainment and shopping district.

Notable area residents, past and present[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "(Chapter) III: A Brief History of West Palm Beach (pages 21-24)" (PDF). wpb.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  2. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017. 
  3. "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. United States Census
  6. "Historic Gallery". The City of West Palm Beach. Retrieved 2010-11-28.