West Palm Beach is a city in and the county seat of Palm Beach County, Florida. It is located immediately to the west of the adjacent Palm Beach, which is situated on a barrier island across the Lake Worth Lagoon. The population was 100,343 at the 2010 census. The US Census estimates a 2016 population of 108,896, a 7.9% increase from 2010.
As one of the three largest cities making up the South Florida region, and the central city of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach is a vibrant, growing, waterfront city that offers the business advantages available in the region, combined with a more refined and relaxed environment for living and working.
Palm Beach County is the third most populous county in the state of Florida with a population of 1,345,652 year round. Located in Southeast Florida, the 1,977-square-mile region is the largest county southeast of the Mississippi River. The center of the county is approximately 60 miles north of Miami and 150 miles southeast of Orlando. The current economic indicators for Palm Beach County point to a vibrant and healthy economy, one that is growing and thriving.
Of 3,100 counties nationwide, Palm Beach County is one of a select group of only 22 to earn the highest possible bond rating, AAA, by all three of the major rating agencies, Moody’s Investors Services, Fitch, and Standard & Poor’s. Palm Beach County is also the only county in Florida to have earned this designation.
Fitch described Palm Beach County as one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, with per capita personal income levels nearly 50% higher than state and national averages. The ratings firm said its grade reflects Palm Beach County’s vital and diversifying economic base, sound financial position, and moderate debt levels. As for its economic base, Fitch noted the county’s strengths in luxury tourism, technology manufacturing, and agriculture.