Palm Beach County is a county in the state of Florida that is directly north of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,320,134, making it the third-most populous county in Florida. The largest city and county seat is West Palm Beach. Named after one of its oldest settlements, Palm Beach, the county was established in 1909, after being split from Dade County. The county's modern-day boundaries were established in 1963.
Palm Beach County is one of the three counties in South Florida that make up the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,158,824 people in 2017.
The area had been increasing in population since the late 19th century, with the incorporation of West Palm Beach in 1894 and after Henry Flagler extended the Florida East Coast Railway and built the Royal Poinciana Hotel, The Breakers, and Whitehall. In 1928, the Okeechobee hurricane struck Palm Beach County and caused thousands of deaths. More recently, the county acquired national attention during the 2000 presidential election, when a controversial recount occurred.
As of 2004, Palm Beach County is Florida's wealthiest county, with a per capita personal income of $44,518. It leads the state in agricultural productivity; agriculture is Palm Beach County's second-largest industry, after real estate development. According to the Palm Beach Post the Palm Beach County revenue hit an all-time high in 2016 where Gas tax revenue was at $50.9 million in 2016, up from $49.8 million in 2015 and $46.9 million in 2014, according to [Clerk and Comptroller] Bock’s report. Sales tax revenue was at $87.8 million in 2016, up from $84.7 million in 2015 and $79.4 million in 2014. Revenue from the tourist development tax, levied on hotel patrons, was $47.1 million in 2016, according to figures from Bock’s report. It was $42.7 million in 2015 and $33.8 million in 2014.