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Pros

-Cultural diversity
-Beaches and water recreation
-Entertainment

Cons

-Hurricane risk
-Cost of living
-Crime rates


What Bert Has To Say About Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metro Area


Miami has always been the commercial and cultural center for Florida and the nearby Caribbean, but in the past 30 years it has emerged as a world-class international hub and a gateway for all of Latin America. In many ways it serves as the central logistical and cultural hub of the entire Western Hemisphere. The inevitable result is a diverse and invigorating Latin culture superimposed upon what was already a major commercial, resort, and retirement area dating back to the 1920’s. Many think of it as a tourist center, but import/export and international financial trade with Latin countries make up a far larger part of the economy. These activities bring a large banking industry as well as cargo transport and warehousing; the manufacturing and corporate headquarters rosters are also growing. The city is busy- in many ways stressful- and the mix of cultures, heat, and poverty has occasionally boiled over into ethnic and civil strife. But the city is fun and undeniably alive.



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Quick Facts About West Palm Beach


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in West Palm Beach is 4.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. West Palm Beach jobs have Increased by 1.94 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, West Palm Beach's cost of living is 5.30% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, West Palm Beach's population is 106,779 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 57.86 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in West Palm Beach is $195,700. Home appreciation the last year has been -17.79 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    West Palm Beach public schools spend $10,239 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.4 students per teacher in West Palm Beach.

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I couldn't think of a better place to live. There are so many things to do around town. Traffic in not bad, for the most part. There's a good mix of cultural diversity.... (read more)
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