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As of 2012, Palm Beach County’s base population is 1.33 million, making it the third largest county in Florida behind Miami-Dade (2.55 million) and Broward (1.77 million). Fifty-five percent of Palm Beach County residents (742,000) live in one of 38 municipalities. The remaining 593,000 residents live in unincorporated areas.
The largest city both in area and population is West Palm Beach, which covers 52 square miles and has an incorporated population of 101,668. Boca Raton is second with 85,413 residents, followed by Boynton Beach, 68,741, Delray Beach, 61,495, and Wellington, 57,514. The county’s smallest town in population is Cloud Lake with 133 residents. The smallest municipalities in land area are Briny Breezes and Cloud Lake, both at .06 of a square mile.
With it’s big size also comes great opportunities from an economic standpoint. The three major industries in Palm Beach County are tourism, construction and agriculture. There are also many high-tech industries such as bioscience that contribute to the growing economy.
Tourism accounts for more than 53,000 jobs in tourism-related businesses such as hotels, restaurants, stores and transportation services and others. More than 2 million people visit Palm Beach County annually, and they spend approximately $3 billion while they are here. Lodging accounts for around $80 million in revenue, food and beverage $353 million.
Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugar and sweet corn. Eighteen percent of all sugar in the United States is produced here. Sugar cane covers some 400,000 acres or about one-third of the county’s overall land mass. The county is also the leading producer in the state of rice, bell peppers, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf and celery.
The Palm Beach County School District is the largest employer in Palm Beach County with approximately 22,000 employees and 37,000 volunteers. For the 2011-2012 academic year, 174,000 students were enrolled in pre-k through 12th grade at the county’s 187 public schools.
Tourists visit during these annual events:
- South Florida Fair
- Boat Show
- Tourists patronize these sites:
- American Orchid Society Visitors Center and Botanical Garden
- Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex
- Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
- Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
- Lion Country Safari
- Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, including the Roji-en Japanese Gardens
- Mounts Botanical Garden
- Norton Museum of Art
- Palm Beach Maritime Museum 
- Palm Beach County Library System
- Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
- South Florida Science Museum
Palm Beach International Airport, which operates 12 airlines and oversees approximately 200 daily flights from three concourses, was voted third-best airport in the United States and sixth-best in the world last year by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.