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Riviera Beach, Florida
City of Riviera Beach
Welcome to Riviera Beach Florida Sign (44179413804).jpg
Location of Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida
Location of Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°46′48″N 80°4′2″W / 26.78000°N 80.06722°W / 26.78000; -80.06722Coordinates: 26°46′48″N 80°4′2″W / 26.78000°N 80.06722°W / 26.78000; -80.06722
Country United States
State  Florida
County Flag of Palm Beach County, Florida.png Palm Beach
Settled (Lake Worth Settlement) Early 1860s–1880
Settled (Oak Lawn Settlement) 1881–1892
Platted (Riviera Settlement) 1893–1921
Incorporated (Town of Riviera) September 29, 1922 (1922-09-29)
Incorporated (Town of Riviera Beach) 1941
Incorporated (City of Riviera Beach) 1959
Named for French Riviera
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 9.66 sq mi (25.01 km2)
 • Land 8.28 sq mi (21.44 km2)
 • Water 1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 37,604
 • Density 4,542.64/sq mi (1,753.82/km2)
Time zone UTC– 05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC– 04:00 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33403, 33404, 33407, 33410, 33418
Area code(s) 561
FIPS code 12-60975
GNIS feature ID 0289758
Website Riviera Beach official website

Riviera Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States, which was incorporated September 29, 1922. Due to the location of its eastern boundary, it is also the easternmost municipality in the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in 2015. In the 2010 U.S. Census, the total population of Riviera Beach residents was 32,488 people.

Riviera Beach is predominantly an African-American city and it is on the List of U.S. cities with African American majority populations. It is home to the Port of Palm Beach and a United States Coast Guard station, and has its own marina. Riviera Beach is home to Blue Heron Bridge, one of the country's top-rated beach dive sites. In 2015, Riviera Beach renamed part of Old Dixie Highway that runs inside the city limits as President Barack Obama Highway. The city is also home to Rapids Water Park, a water park attraction for both tourists and residents.

History

Riviera Beach was originally called Riviera, and under the latter name was platted in 1913. It was named after the French Riviera.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25 km2), of which 8.3 square miles (21 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (15.33%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 811
1940 1,981 144.3%
1950 4,065 105.2%
1960 13,046 220.9%
1970 21,401 64.0%
1980 26,489 23.8%
1990 27,639 4.3%
2000 29,884 8.1%
2010 32,488 8.7%
2020 37,604 15.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Riviera Beach Demographics
2010 Census Riviera Beach Palm Beach County Florida
Total population 32,488 1,320,134 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +8.7% +16.7% +17.6%
Population density 3,809.8/sq mi 670.2/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 27.0% 73.5% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 22.9% 60.1% 57.9%
Black or African-American 65.9% 17.3% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 7.4% 19.0% 22.5%
Asian 2.4% 2.4% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.3% 2.3% 2.5%
Some Other Race 1.9% 3.9% 3.6%

As of the census of 2010, there were 17,124 households, out of which 27.7% were vacant. In 2000, 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 27.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 4.62.

In 2000, the population was spread out, with 37.5% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $28,715, and the median income for a family was $26,756.

In 2000, males had a median income of $27,232 versus $22,410 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,159. About 29.6% of families and 32.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.1% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, those who solely spoke English at home accounted for 90.30% of all residents, while speakers of Spanish were 4.71%, French Creole 2.42%, and French speakers 0.95%.

Transportation

Riviera Beach is served by several bus routes operated by PalmTran.

Business and economy

  • EDF Incorporated (1978)

Education

Public Elementary Schools

  • Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School (formerly Lincoln High School was only for black students during segregation, and before that it was a called West Riviera Junior High School)
  • Washington Elementary School
  • West Riviera Elementary School

Public Middle School

  • John F Kennedy Middle School (originally John F. Kennedy High School was only for black students during segregation)

Public High Schools

  • Suncoast High School (originally Riviera Beach High School was only for white students during segregation)

Charter High School

Notable people

  • Anthony Carter – Michigan and NFL superstar, Pro Bowl wide receiver, was born and attended school in Riviera Beach.
  • Devin Hester – NFL Pro Bowl and record-holding kick returner for Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons, was born and attended school in Riviera Beach.
  • Richard Rellford (born 1964), basketball player
  • Burt Reynolds – actor, moved to Riviera Beach in 1946 at the age of 10; his father, a police officer, was once the Riviera Beach Chief of Police.
  • Willie Young – NFL defensive end for Chicago Bears, was born in Riviera Beach.
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