Highland Beach, Florida

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Highland Beach, Florida
Highland Beach as viewed from the Intracoastal Waterway
Highland Beach as viewed from the Intracoastal Waterway
Location of Highland Beach, Florida
Location of Highland Beach, Florida
Coordinates: 26°23′59″N 80°4′6″W / 26.39972°N 80.06833°W / 26.39972; -80.06833Coordinates: 26°23′59″N 80°4′6″W / 26.39972°N 80.06833°W / 26.39972; -80.06833
Country United States
State Florida
County Palm Beach
 • TypeMayor-Commission
 • Mayor-CommissionerDouglas Hillman (I)[1]
 • Vice Mayor-CommissionerNatasha Moore (R)[1]
 • CommissionersMargaret "Peggy" Gossett-Seidman (R), Evalyn David (R), John Shoemaker (R)[1]
 • Total1.29 sq mi (3.34 km2)
 • Land0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
 • Water0.75 sq mi (1.95 km2)
13 ft (4 m)
 • Total4,295
 • Density7,998.14/sq mi (3,089.80/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code561
FIPS code12-30200[3]
GNIS feature ID0283999[4]
WebsiteHighland Beach official website

Highland Beach is a town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. It is situated 49 miles north of Miami and 20 miles south of Palm Beach. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,539.


Highland Beach was incorporated in 1949.[5] The town was named for its relatively elevated town site.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (56.64%) is water.


2020 census[edit]

Highland Beach racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[7]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 3,873 90.17%
Black or African American (NH) 20 0.47%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 2 0.05%
Asian (NH) 81 1.89%
Pacific Islander (NH) 4 0.09%
Some Other Race (NH) 20 0.47%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 65 1.51%
Hispanic or Latino 230 5.36%
Total 4,295

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,295 people, 2,060 households, and 1,243 families residing in the town.

2000 census[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Highland Beach, Florida

At the 2000 census there were 3,775 people, 2,192 households, and 1,227 families in the town. The population density was 7,705.7 inhabitants per square mile (2,975.2/km2). There were 3,677 housing units at an average density of 7,505.6 per square mile (2,897.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.33% White (95.6% were Non-Hispanic White,)[9] 0.37% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.97%.[3]

Of the 2,192 households 4.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 1.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.0% were non-families. 38.1% of households were one person and 23.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.72 and the average family size was 2.15.

The age distribution was 3.9% under the age of 18, 1.4% from 18 to 24, 12.7% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 53.3% 65 or older. The median age was 66 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median household income was $72,989 and the median family income was $95,217. Males had a median income of $87,160 versus $40,357 for females. The per capita income for the town was $67,288. None of the families and 2.1% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 2.0% of those over 64.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 90.63% of all residents, while German accounted for 3.26%, Spanish consisted of 2.22%, French was at 2.08%, and Yiddish made up 1.78% of the population.[10]

As of 2000, Highland Beach had the tenth highest percentage of Austrian residents in the US, with 4.0% of the populace (tied with Mondovi, Wisconsin.)[11] Although the language percentages of Highland Beach didn't necessarily reflect the residents' ancestry, it had the thirty-sixth highest percentage of Russian residents in the US, at 10.90% of the town's population (tied with Atlantic Beach, New York,)[12] and the seventh highest percentage of Turkish residents in the US, at 1.20% of its population (tied with five other US areas, including Bay Harbor Islands.)[13]

Highland Beach has only two businesses, which keeps the city mostly residential. The two businesses are The Delray Sands Resort and John P O'Grady Realty. The Delray Sands Resort was formerly the Holiday Inn. Both businesses operate out of the same building. They have been in existence several decades.


  1. ^ a b c "Our Commissioners". Town of Highland Beach. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Highland Beach". Palm Beach County Historical Society. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  6. ^ Eliot Kleinberg (September 16, 1987). "What's in a name? Lots of history if it's a town". The Palm Beach Post. p. 7D. Retrieved March 9, 2021 – via Newspapers.com. icon of an open green padlock
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Demographics of Highland Beach, FL". MuniNetGuide.com. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
  10. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Highland Beach, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
  11. ^ "Ancestry Map of Austrian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
  12. ^ "Ancestry Map of Russian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
  13. ^ "Ancestry Map of Turkish Communities". Epodunk.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2007-12-05.

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