Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach is an incorporated town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. Located on an island in east-central Palm Beach County, the town is separated from several nearby cities including West Palm Beach and Lake Worth Beach by the Intracoastal Waterway to its west, though Palm Beach borders a small section of the latter and South Palm Beach at its southern boundaries. As of 2010 census, Palm Beach had a year-round population of 8,348 and an estimated population of 8,816 in 2019, increasing by around 25,000 people between November and April.

Palm Beach, Florida
Town of Palm Beach
Palm Beach proper in 2011
Nickname(s): 
"The Island"
Palm Beach, Florida
Palm Beach, Florida
Coordinates: 26°42′54″N 80°02′22″W
Country United States
State Florida
County Palm Beach
Settled (Lake Worth Settlement)c. 1872[1][2]
Settled (Palm Beach Settlement)January 9, 1878[3][4]
Incorporated (Town of Palm Beach)April 17, 1911[2]
Government
  TypeCouncil-Manager
  MayorDanielle Moore
  Council PresidentMargaret A. Zeidman[5]
  Town managerKirk Blouin
Area
  Total7.80 sq mi (20.20 km2)
  Land3.80 sq mi (9.84 km2)
  Water4.00 sq mi (10.36 km2)
Elevation
7 ft (2 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total8,348
  Estimate 
(2019)[7]
8,816
  Density2,319.39/sq mi (895.51/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
33480
Area code(s)561
FIPS code12-54025[8]
GNIS feature ID0288390[8]
Websitetownofpalmbeach.com

Settlers began arriving in modern-day Palm Beach as early as 1872, and opened a post office about five years later. Elisha Newton "Cap" Dimick, later the town's first mayor, established Palm Beach's first hotel, the Cocoanut Grove House, in 1880, but Standard Oil tycoon Henry Flagler became instrumental in transforming the island of jungles and swamps into a winter resort for the wealthy. Flagler and his workers constructed the Royal Poinciana Hotel in 1894, The Breakers in 1896, and Whitehall in 1902; extended the Florida East Coast Railway southward to the area by 1894; and developed a separate city to house hotel workers, which later became West Palm Beach. The town of Palm Beach incorporated on April 17, 1911. Addison Mizner also contributed significantly to the town's history, designing 67 structures between 1919 and 1924, including El Mirasol, the Everglades Club, La Querida, the William Gray Warden House, and Via Mizner, which is a section of Worth Avenue.

Forbes reported in 2017 that Palm Beach had at least 30 billionaires, with the town ranking as the 27th-wealthiest place in the United States in 2016 according to Bloomberg News. Many famous and wealthy individuals have resided in the town, including United States presidents John F. Kennedy and Donald Trump. Palm Beach is known for upscale shopping districts, such as Worth Avenue, Royal Poinciana Plaza, and the Royal Poinciana Way Historic District.