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Jupiter, Florida
Town
Jupiter Inlet
Jupiter Inlet
Location of Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida
Location of Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°55′34″N 80°6′18″W / 26.92611°N 80.10500°W / 26.92611; -80.10500Coordinates: 26°55′34″N 80°6′18″W / 26.92611°N 80.10500°W / 26.92611; -80.10500
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Palm Beach
Incorporated (Town) February 9, 1925
Government
 • Mayor Karen J. Golonka
Area
 • Total 21.1 sq mi (54.7 km2)
 • Land 20.0 sq mi (51.8 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
Elevation[1] 7 ft (2 m)
Population 2010
 • Total 55,156
 • Density 2,500.3/sq mi (965.4/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33458, 33468 (PO Box), 33469, 33477, 33478
Area code(s) 561
FIPS code 12-35875[2]
GNIS feature ID 0285000[3]
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Jupiter is a town located in Palm Beach County, Florida. According to the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 55,156. It is one of the northernmost suburbs of the Miami metropolitan area.

Jupiter was rated as the 9th Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living in 2012.[5]

History[edit]

The area where the town now sits was originally named for the Hobe Indian tribe which lived at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River, and whose name is also preserved in the name of nearby Hobe Sound.[6] A mapmaker misunderstood the Spanish spelling "Jobe" of the Indian name "Hobe" and recorded it as "Jove". Subsequent mapmakers further misunderstood this to be the Latin translation of the god Jupiter, and they anglicized the name from Jove to "Jupiter". The Roman god Jupiter (or Zeus in the Greek mythology) is the chief Roman god, and god of light, of the sky and weather, and of the state and its welfare and its laws. Jupiter's consort was Juno, inspiring a neighboring town to name itself "Juno Beach".

The most notable landmark is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, completed in 1860. Made of brick, it was painted red in 1910 to cover discoloration caused by humidity. Hurricane Jeanne in 2004 sandblasted the paint from the upper portion of the tower, and the tower was repainted using a potassium silicate mineral coating. The lighthouse is often used as the symbol for Jupiter.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.1 square miles (55 km2). 20.0 square miles (52 km2) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) of it is water. The total area is 6.35% water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 200
1950 300 50.0%
1960 1,058 252.7%
1970 3,136 196.4%
1980 9,868 214.7%
1990 24,966 153.0%
2000 39,328 57.5%
2010 55,156 40.2%
Jupiter Demographics
2010 Census Jupiter Palm Beach County Florida
Total population 55,156 1,320,134 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +40.2% +16.7% +17.6%
Population density 2,569.5/sq mi 670.2/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 90.6% 73.5% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 82.6% 60.1% 57.9%
Black or African-American 1.5% 17.3% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 12.7% 19.0% 22.5%
Asian 2.0% 2.4% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.5% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 1.7% 2.3% 2.5%
Some Other Race 3.7% 3.9% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 29,825 households out of which 19.8% were vacant. In 2000, 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% are married couples living together, 8.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% are non-families. 25.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.32 and the average family size is 3.15

In 2000, the town the population is spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.2 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the town is $54,945, and the median income for a family is $64,873. Males have a median income of $44,883 versus $33,514 for females. The per capita income for the town is $35,088. 4.8% of the population and 3.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 4.7% of those under the age of 18 and 4.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Jupiter's population is served by two public high schools, Jupiter Community High School located in Jupiter, and William T. Dwyer High School, located in Palm Beach Gardens. Jupiter Christian School is a private school located in the town.

As of 2000, those who spoke only English at home accounted for 88.5% of all residents, while those who reported speaking Spanish were 7.2%, and Italian 1.7% of the population.[8]

Public safety[edit]

Fire Rescue Department[edit]

Since 1984, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the citizens of the Town of Jupiter. There are three fire stations assigned to the town:

  • Station 16 – Engine 16, Rescue 16 and Brush 616;
  • Station 18 – Engine 18 and Rescue 18;
  • Station 19 – Engine 19, Rescue 19, Special Operations 19, Brush 19 and 3 command vehicles.

Station 19 is the headquarters for Battalion 1, which covers Jupiter, Juno Beach, Lake Park and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County such as Jupiter Farms and Palm Beach Country Estates.[9]

Police Department[edit]

The Jupiter Police Department consists of 109 sworn officers and 23 civilian support staff personnel, and maintains its headquarters in Town Hall. Its operational divisions include Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Traffic, K-9, Marine, Beach Patrol, Crime Scene Investigation, SWAT and Hostage Negotiation. The department also has a volunteer Community Emergency Response Team, and sponsors a Police Explorer Post.[10]

Notable people[edit]

The following list includes persons who were born in Jupiter, previously lived in Jupiter, or currently reside in Jupiter.

Points of interest[edit]

United States flag incident[edit]

In 1999, Jupiter resident George Andres wanted to display a United States flag in his front yard, however, the homeowners association had a bylaw prohibiting the display of a flagpole in the front lawn. Andres still displayed the flag, while the homeowners association went as far as foreclosing his home to cover legal fees after being in court at least twenty-eight times. Even after Governor Jeb Bush visited his home along with members of the local and national media, the homeowners association refused to budge. Andres said, "Well, first they said that it was going to cost more to cut the grass around the pole, which is kind of funny. And then they told me that the flagpole was going to take away from the value of the property. And I said, well, then we should be able to take away all the trees around here, because they're the same as the pole. And my pole is a portable pole. And the state government says I can do it."

George Andres won and was allowed to display his flag in his front lawn with the use of a flagpole.

During the last week of July 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, allowing residents to display the flag on their residential property despite any homeowners association rules.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GNIS Detail - Jupiter
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Zip Code 33458 - Jupiter, FL
  5. ^ http://www.coastalliving.com/travel/americas-happiest-seaside-towns-00414000075266/page10.html
  6. ^ "Hobe Sound History". hobesound.org. The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  7. ^ "Jupiter Lighthouse". history.jupiter.fl.us. Town of Jupiter. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  8. ^ "MLA Data Center Results of Jupiter, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  9. ^ "Station List". Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Police". Official Website. Town of Jupiter. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Celine Dion lists house for $20 million US". CBC News. 2002-08-23. [dead link]
  12. ^ Julie Dubela at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Cicco, Cicco (2005-01-09). "Catch a rising star - Stratham talent shines on TV teen scene tonight". seacoastonline.com (Portsmouth Herald). Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  14. ^ "Liezl Els Committed to Autism Awareness". PGA TOUR Charities. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  15. ^ "Rickie Fowler". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  16. ^ "UFC FIGHT: Hermes Franca". ufcfight.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  17. ^ "CNNSI.com - GolfPlus: Jesper Parnevik". CNNSI.com (CNN/Sports Illustrated). Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  18. ^ Charles Nelson Reilly (2006). The Life of Reilly (Netflix Streaming Video) (Motion picture) (in English). Los Angeles, California, USA: Civilian Pictures/L'Orange Films. Event occurs at 1:13:37. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  19. ^ Ross Johnson (2005-06-01). "What I've Learned: Burt Reynolds". Esquire. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  20. ^ Jose Lambiet (2009-11-02). "Phillies legend Mike Schmidt selling Jupiter home". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  21. ^ "Dara Torres bio". Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  22. ^ "Charles Vanik Dies at 94; Helped Jews Leave the Soviet Union". NY Times (Associated Press). 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  23. ^ Craig Dolch (2008-06-12). "Jupiter's Brett Wetterich withdraws from U.S. Open". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  24. ^ "Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum". Loxahatchee River Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  25. ^ "William P Gwinn Airport". AirNav, LLC. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  26. ^ "Veteran fights for front yard flag". cnn.com (CNN). 2003-09-13. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 

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