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South Palm Beach, Florida
Town of South Palm Beach
Aerial View of South Palm Beach Proper
Aerial View of South Palm Beach Proper
Official seal of South Palm Beach, Florida
Motto: The Best Town on the East Coast
Location of South Palm Beach, Florida
Location of South Palm Beach, Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Flag of Palm Beach County, Florida.png Palm Beach
Incorporated (town) --> 1955
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Land 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 3 ft (1 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 1,138
 • Density 5,204.3/sq mi (2,009.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33480
Area code(s) 561
FIPS code 12-67650
GNIS feature ID 0291401
Website Town of South Palm Beach Florida

South Palm Beach is a town located in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The town is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The entire town is approximately 5/8th of a mile (1 km) long along South Ocean Boulevard (Florida State Road A1A), its only street, and is bounded by the Town of Palm Beach to the north, and the Town of Lantana public beach to the south. As of 2013, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 1,138.


South Palm Beach - beach empty
The beach in South Palm Beach (2004)

South Palm Beach is located at 26°35′30″N 80°2′15″W / 26.59167°N 80.0375°W / 26.59167; -80.0375 (26.591746, -80.037525).

South Palm Beach is bordered to the north by the Town of Palm Beach; to the east by the Atlantic Ocean; to the west by the Intracoastal waterway (known locally as the Lake Worth Lagoon); and on the south by the town of Manalapan. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square kilometers (0.35 sq mi), of which 0.3 km2 (0.12 sq mi) is land and 0.5 km2 (0.19 sq mi) (60.61%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 113
1970 188 66.4%
1980 1,304 593.6%
1990 1,480 13.5%
2000 699 −52.8%
2010 1,171 67.5%
Est. 2015 1,424 21.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
South Palm Beach-FL view south 2008
Route A1A runs through the center of this quiet & exclusive town of only 20 condominium buildings and four private homes built between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal (2008).
South Palm Beach FL town hall front with Jeep
Town Hall and Police Department building (2007)

As of the census of 2008 (population updated from 2013), there were 1,138 full-time residents in 453 households and 196 families residing in the town. The population density was 5,204.3 inhabitants per square mile (2,076.0/km²). The seasonal (part-time) estimate for the town is 3,000 or more residents in the winter months. There were 872 housing units at an average density of 6,492.3 per square mile (2,589.9/km²). Currently, the town consists of 25 condominiums, 4 single-family houses and 15 townhouses. The racial makeup of the town was 99.28% White (97% were Non-Hispanic White,) 0.14% Native American and 0.57% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.29% of the population.

There were 453 households out of which 2.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.7% were non-families. 52.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.54 and the average family size was 2.14.

In the town, the population was spread out with 2.6% under the age of 18, 1.4% from 18 to 24, 11.3% from 25 to 44, 30.5% from 45 to 64, and 54.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 67 years. For every 100 females there were 75.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was US$39,375, and the median income for a family was $47,250. Males had a median income of $41,591 versus $30,536 for females. The per capita income for the town was $38,456. About 15.3% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, English was the first language spoken by 92.96% of residents, Finnish by 3.90%, and French as a mother tongue made up 3.12% of the population.

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