Manalapan, Florida

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Manalapan, Florida
Town of Manalapan
Official seal of Manalapan, Florida
Location of Manalapan, Florida
Location of Manalapan, Florida
Coordinates: 26°34′15″N 80°2′40″W / 26.57083°N 80.04444°W / 26.57083; -80.04444Coordinates: 26°34′15″N 80°2′40″W / 26.57083°N 80.04444°W / 26.57083; -80.04444
CountryUnited States
CountyPalm Beach
 • Total10.52 sq mi (27.25 km2)
 • Land0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)
 • Water10.07 sq mi (26.09 km2)
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total419
 • Density937.36/sq mi (361.76/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)561
FIPS code12-42700[2]
GNIS feature ID0286344[3]

Manalapan is a town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 406 at the 2010 United States census.


United States President Benjamin Harrison granted George H. K. Carter a homestead in 1889 on the yet unnamed land.[4] In 1931, the sparsely populated settlement was incorporated by Harold Stirling Vanderbilt as the "Town of Manalapan".[4] A large share of the first settlers being natives of Manalapan, New Jersey caused the name to be selected.[5]

One of the most puzzling mysteries in Florida history was the disappearance of Circuit Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife Marjorie, who left a friend's home on the night of June 14, 1955, en route to their oceanfront cottage in Manalapan. It was established five years later that the couple were murdered by hitmen hired by one of Curtis Chillingworth's fellow judges. The Chillingworths were thrown overboard from a boat into the ocean with lead weights strapped to their legs; their bodies were never recovered.[6]

The U.S. presidential yacht Sequoia was auctioned at the La Coquille Club in Manalapan on March 25, 1977 during the Carter administration, for US$286,000, as a symbolic cutback in Federal Government spending (annual cost to the U.S. Navy was $800,000) and to reduce signs of an "imperial presidency".[7]

The popular tourist restaurant John G's moved to Manalapan in 2011 from its location in Lake Worth where it had been for 30+ years.


Manalapan is located at 26°33′52″N 80°02′36″W / 26.564397°N 80.043359°W / 26.564397; -80.043359.[8]

Manalapan is a small beach side community. It is bordered on the north by the bridge, beach access road and beach for the Town of Lantana, Florida; on the west by the intracoastal Waterway (known locally as Lake Worth Lagoon); on the south by the South Lake Worth Inlet (known locally as "Boynton Inlet"); and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (81.48%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 321 people, 167 households, and 107 families residing in the town. The population density was 712.7 inhabitants per square mile (275.4/km2). There were 271 housing units at an average density of 601.7 per square mile (232.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.13% White (95% were Non-Hispanic White,)[10] 1.56% Asian and 0.31% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.12% of the population.

There were 167 households, out of which 9.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 2.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.33.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 7.8% under the age of 18, 2.2% from 18 to 24, 13.4% from 25 to 44, 35.8% from 45 to 64, and 40.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 61 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $127,819, and the median income for a family was $117,051. Males had a median income of over $100,000 versus $36,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $143,729. About 3.7% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 98.54%, while French as a mother tongue accounted for 1.45% of the population.[11] As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 340.[12]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Town of Manalapan History". Town of Manalapan. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  5. ^ 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 January 14, 2021 – via icon of an open green padlock
  6. ^ McIver, Stuart B. (2008). Murder in the Tropics: The Florida Chronicles, Volume 2. Pineapple Press. ISBN 978-1-56164-441-4.
  7. ^ Congressional Record – House – 108th Congress, vol. 150, Government Printing Office, November 20, 2004, p. 25146, retrieved June 9, 2010
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Demographics of Manalapan, FL". Retrieved November 23, 2007.
  11. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Manalapan, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved November 23, 2007.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29, 2006. Retrieved August 23, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Jacks, Dorothy. "PAPA-Property Detail". Retrieved August 24, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Hal Prewitt; a computer whiz kid challenges the big boys". Florida Trend. August 1, 1987. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
  15. ^ "Joseph Gordon-Levitt Returning to TV in Variety Show".

External links[edit]