Located on the Southeast side of Florida, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton (1,732,952) or "West Palm/WPB" is a sunny palm-lined metropolitan area with scenic waterfront views, quaint shopping districts, historic neighborhoods, and outdoor festivities. The largest cities in the area are West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Pompano Beach.
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a popular destination for theater-goers. Other famous attractions in the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area are the Norton Museum of Art, the Palm Beach Zoo, the South Florida Science Museum, and numerous world-class beaches and fishing sights.
West Palm Beach has an average per capita personal income of $23,188, which according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, is approximately 71% of the national average. The average per capita personal income for Boca Raton is $45,628, which is well above the national average.
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area is driven by the manufacture of computers, plastics, electrical and electronic equipment, furniture, jewelry, and paint and is a commercial fishing center. The largest employers in the area include:
- Pratt & Whitney
- Columbia PB Health Care System
- Flo-Sun Inc
- Florida Power & Light
- Office Depot Headquarters
Entrepreneurs thrive in the area, ranking #5 among the top 25 cities to do business in America. The West Palm Beach resort industry, ecotourism, and 17 industrial parks contribute to the economic growth of the area. Educational opportunities continually attract residents and businesses to the West Palm Beach area.
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