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Growing Diversity

Since the 1980s, Palm Beach County’s population has become increasingly diverse in its ethnicity. About half of public school students call themselves non-whites, and one eighth speak English as a second language. During the ‘80s, there was a large increase in the number of Hispanics and Haitians. In 1995, the county’s first mosque opened in West Palm Beach. In South County, the Jewish population continued to expand rapidly.

           Population                    1980               1990               2000               2010
           Palm Beach County    576,863         863,518          1,131,191         1,320,134
           Florida                          9,746,961      12,937,926     15,982,378     18,801,310

The Census Bureau estimated the 2011 population of Palm Beach County to be 1,335,187, with the racial mix shown below. Note: Individuals may be included in one or several races; Hispanics may also be any other race.

White                            77.4%
Hispanic                      19.6%
Black                            17.8%
American Indian         6.0%
   and Alaska Native
Asian                              2.5%
Native Hawaiian         0.1%
   and other Pacific Islander

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