is a city in Palm Beach County
, United States
. The population was 60,389 at the 2000 census
. As of 2006, the city had a population of 66,714 according to the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research. The city is a Principal City of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area
, which had a 2006 estimated population of 5,463,857.
In 1894, two years before Henry Flagler
built his railroad, a former American Civil War
major named Nathan S. Boynton first set eyes on the area that now bears his name. He was so impressed by the natural beauty of what he saw, the year-round sunshine and pristine beaches, that he built the famous Boynton Beach Hotel to serve as his family's summer residence.
The first settlers soon realized that many fruits and vegetables thrived in the fertile climate. Cultivated pineapples, tomatoes, mangoes, and citrus fruit were packed in crates and shipped by the ton on the newly-built Florida East Coast Railroad to satisfy the appetites of hungry Americans across the country.
Hurricane Wilma struck Boynton Beach on Monday, October 24, 2005, causing widespread damage to homes and businesses. In 2006, the city saw an increase in gang-related violent crime. This increase mirrors a similar increase across Palm Beach County. A gang-related shooting at the Boynton Beach Mall on Christmas Eve, 2006 was reported on national news such as CBS.
Boynton Beach is located at (26.528099, -80.076363). According to the United States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of 16.25 square miles (42 km²)
, of which 15.88 square miles (41 km²)
is land and .37 square miles (1 km²)
is water (2.3%).
As of the census
of 2000, there were 60,389 people, 26,210 households, and 15,673 families residing in the city. The population density
was 3,803.5/mi² (1,468.3/km²). There were 30,643 housing units at an average density of 1,930.0/mi² (745.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.36% White
(64.4% were Non-Hispanic White,) 22.89% African American
, 0.22% Native American
, 1.52% Asian
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 2.36% from other races
, and 2.60% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 9.21% of the population.
There were 26,210 households out of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the city the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,845, and the median income for a family was $47,546. Males had a median income of $32,503 versus $26,399 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,573. About 7.4% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2000, speakers of English accounted for 80.09% of all residents, while French Creole comprised 7.51%, Spanish was at 7.30%, French consisted of 1.02%, Italian at 0.97%, and German made up 0.87% of the population.
As of 2000, Boynton Beach had the twenty-eighth highest percentage of Haitians in the US, with 6.50% of the city's population.
Boynton Beach, like all of Palm Beach County, is served by the School District of Palm Beach County. As of 2006, it was the 5th largest school district in Florida and the 14th largest school district in the United States.
- Citrus Cove Elementary School
- Crosspointe Elementary School
- Crystal Lakes Elementary School
- Forest Park Elementary
- Freedom Shores Elementary School
- Galaxy Elementary School
- Hagen Road Elementary School
- Poinciana Elementary School
- Rolling Green Elementary School
- Sunset Palms Elementary School
The East Boynton Beach Little League Baseball
team was the 2003 United States Southeast Region championship team, and was the runner-up in the 2003 Little League World Series
Famous Residents, Past and Present
- George Burns, PGA professional golfer
- Ryan Klesko, MLB player
- Mario Lemieux, NHL hockey player (1984-2006)
- Mike Piazza, MLB player
- Rick Rhoden, MLB player
- Mike Rumph, Former NFL player
- Sammie, R&B singer
- Hilary McRae, Singer, Songwriter
- Otis Thorpe, NBA basketball player
- Kendra Todd, The Apprentice, winner
- Karrie Webb, LPGA professional golfer
- Christopher Wilder, serial killer
- Vince Wilfork, NFL defensive lineman
- C.J. Jones, NFL Wide Receiver