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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 and is larger than two U.S. states- Rhode Island and Delaware.
Palm Beach County consists of 38 cities and towns.
The center of the county is approximately 60 miles north of Miami and 150 miles southeast of Orlando.
The Atlantic Ocean touches the eastern half of the county with coastal and beach areas ranging for 47 miles from north to south.
The northwest part of the county includes Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States.
Palm Beach County contains more 1,000,000 square feet of meeting space and 16,000 rooms in more than 200 hotels – 18 with more than 5,000 square feet of space each.
Western Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugarcane, sweet corn, and sweet bell peppers. It leads the State in the production of rice, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf and celery.
Eighteen percent of all sugar in the United States is produced here. Sugar cane covers some 400,000 acres or about one-third of the county’s overall land mass.
With an estimated $1.38 billion in total agricultural sales for 2014-15, Palm Beach County leads the State of Florida, all counties east of the Mississippi River.
Palm Beach County is home to two top 100 Nationally ranked High Schools, A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Suncoast Community High School according to U.S. News & World Report.
The School District of Palm Beach County has been rated an "A" for eight consecutive years by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and is Florida's only urban school with this distinction.
Newsweek and U.S. News Magazine recognized six high schools in PBC with the distinction of Best High Schools in America 2012.
Palm Beach International Airport serves over six million passengers each year and was voted the third best airport in the U.S. and sixth best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers.
The Port of Palm Beach is the 4th busiest container port of Florida’s 15 deep water ports, and it is the 20th busiest container port in the United States. It is also the only South Florida port with on-dock rail. Five miles of port-owned track that is directly linked to the Florida East Coast Rail Company (FEC) and switches to the CSX and NFS.
Sports & Lifestyle
Palm Beach County has more golf courses than any other county in the country with more than 160 public and private golf courses – from executive to championship level – designed by the best names in the industry, and with something for golfers of every skill level.
Palm Beach County is the Spring Training home of the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, who train at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are also in the process of constructing a new Spring Training facility to be completed in early 2017.
As the Winter Equestrian Capital of the World, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington takes place every January through April, while the International Polo Club Palm Beach features high-goal competitions through the January-April. Polo tournaments such as the $100,000 World Cup and the Winter Equestrian Festival bring large crowds and international celebrities.
Palm Beach County is home to more than 200 theaters, museums, arts centers, indoor and outdoor performance stages, and other cultural venues and is considered among the world’s most celebrated cultural destinations.
In addition to its pristine beaches, Palm Beach County has 125 waterways perfectly suited for kayaking, boating, paddleboarding and every other imaginable water sport; direct access to The Florida Everglades and its unique exploration via airboat tours and the best bass fishing in the 730 square miles of Lake Okeechobee. Other outdoor sports enjoyed year-round are tennis, softball, soccer, bicycling, in-line skating, shuffleboard, croquet, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, surfing, wind surfing, kite boarding, beach volleyball, water skiing, kayaking and canoeing.
Where can you get more information?
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO
Gary Hines, Senior Vice President, Administration
Brian Cartland, Vice President, Business Recruitment
Shawn Rowan, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion
Shereena Coleman, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion
Luke Jackson, Vice President, The Glades Region