One of three main cities in South Florida, West Palm Beach is the county seat of Palm Beach County and had a population just under 100,000 as of the 2010 census. Incorporated in 1894 — two years before the city of Miami — West Palm Beach is the oldest municipality in the state of Florida.
From the western perspective, the history of West Palm Beach begins in 1513 with the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leon. After two centuries of war, enslavement and disease, Britain claimed the state of Florida in 1763, effectively eradicating its Native American population.
With the addition of the Palm Beach Air Force Base during World War II, West Palm Beach began to experience a incredible population growth, with thousands of troops traveling in and out of the city. This trend continued throughout the ’50s, as air conditioners made it possible for people to survive the the city’s tropical climate year-round.
Notable neighborhoods in West Palm Beach include the Bel Air Historic District, Central Park, El Cid, Flamingo Park, Grandview Heights, Mango Promenade, Northwest, Old Northwood Historic District, Prospect Park, Northwood Hills Historic District and West Northwood Hills Historic District. The tallest buildings in West Palm Beach include Trump Tower, Palm Beach House, Placido Mar, Esperante, Northbridge Centre, One Clear Lake Center, Phillips Point and Waterview Tower.
Culturally, West Palm Beach boasts the Norton Museum of Art, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, Palm Beach County Convention Center, Harriet Himmel Theater and The Carefree Theatre.
Educationally, West Palm Beach is home to the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Forest Hill Community High School, G-Star College of The Arts, Royal Palm Beach High School, Palm Beach Lakes Community High School and Inlet Grove Community High School.
The Palm Beach County Clerk can be found at 205 North Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401.