About 14.5% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under the age of 18 and 14.8% of those ages 65 and older. Keep in Touch. BMX Racing: Okeeheelee park contains one of the most celebrated BMX race tracks in the state of Florida. Also during World War II, German U-Boats sank dozens of merchant ships and oil tankers just off the coast of West Palm Beach. Croquet: The National Croquet Center has 12 full sized croquet lawns, making it the largest dedicated croquet facility in the world. It is now a satellite building of Palm Beach State College. It was developed from 1920 to 1935 and became a city historic district in November 1993. At the time, 80% of downtown properties were vacant. West Palm Beach is ranked as the 38th largest television market in the country by Nielsen Media Research. A dynamic community immersed in culture, art and sunshine. Annual crime rates are always more than three times the national average. 1903 - "City of West Palm Beach" established. Working together, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of 2000, the population was spread out, with 21.3% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. Until the 1960s, the city was no more than several blocks wide but over 100 blocks in length. Most of the houses are Mediterranean revival, mission and frame vernacular. According to the United States Census Bureau, this city has a total area of 58.2 square miles (151 km2), of which 55.1 square miles (143 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (5.26%) is water. Mickens was a philanthropist and humanitarian who promoted education for black youth. Rosemary Square: Opened in 2000 as CityPlace, on re-developed land where dilapidated single family homes and apartments once stood, Rosemary Square houses a multi-plex movie theater, night clubs (comedy, dance), restaurants, clothing and home-decor retail outlets and multi-story town houses and apartments. Stewards. Highways: U.S. 1 passes through the city's downtown, commercial, and industrial districts. The City's OEO was established by Mayor James upon his swearing-in in April 2019 to ensure fair business practices in the City of West Palm Beach. ATTRACTIONS: WestPalmBeach.com's Top 10 West Palm Beach attractions! Website +1 561-366-1000. They asked scripted questions they were all very nice. Grandview Heights originally attracted construction workers who helped build the luxury hotels, ministers and store owners. Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction: Classic car auction held every March in the South Florida Expo Center. Port: The Port of Palm Beach is located on the northern edge of the city limits. Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. West Palm Beach is ranked as the 46th largest radio market in the country by Arbitron. the highest and lowest temperature readings during an entire month or year) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010. It is 30% smaller than the overall U.S. average. FDLE stats show that the total crime rate per 100,000 residents has dropped by more than 50% since 2000, from 13,880 that year to 6,571 in 2008. In addition to the flood damage reduction benefits provided by the original project, the modified plan provides water treatment, reduction of damaging freshwater discharges to Lake Worth, and increased water supply for the Everglades and other users. The market is served by stations affiliated with major American networks including WPTV-TV/5 (NBC), WPEC/12 (CBS), WTCN-CD/15 (MYTV), WPBF/25 (ABC), WFLX/29 (FOX), WTVX/34 (CW), WXEL-TV/42 (PBS), WWHB-CD/48 (Azteca), WFGC/61 (CTN), WPXP-TV/67 (ION) and WBWP-LD/57 (Ind.). Harriet Himmel Theater: is a multi-use theater and historic church, and is the cultural centerpiece of CityPlace. When the Spanish arrived, there were perhaps about 20,000 Native Americans in south Florida. A total of $1.05 million was appropriated for this project by the U.S. Congress in Fiscal Year 2015. Nearby Palm Beach was under blackout conditions to minimize night visibility to German U-boats. City Of West Palm Beach Weekly Coronavirus Update: Oct. 16 - West Palm Beach, FL - A face covering mandate remains in effect for the community. , SunFest: an annual music, art, and waterfront festival in Florida, founded in 1982 to draw visitors to the area during the "shoulder season" of April and May. Join Us for the West Palm Beach Racial & Ethnic Equality Action Summit- Click for more information. It also served as the city's segregated black community from 1929 to 1960 (along with Pleasant City). Tri-Rail provides commuter rides north to Mangonia Park and south to Miami. Another notable house is the Gwen Cherry house at 625 Division Ave. Cherry, Florida's first black woman legislator and a resident of Miami, inherited the house from relative Mollie Holt, who built the house in 1926. Collegiate Athletics: Palm Beach Atlantic University competes in NCAA Division II basketball, baseball and soccer. In addition, a bike share program, SkyBike, was introduced in 2015, and the city's mobility plan calls for protected bike lanes on most downtown streets.. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU), a four-year private Christian university with approximately 3,200 students, is located in the city on seven blocks within the south end of downtown. 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