Boca Raton is Palm Beach County's southernmost city. It is located 17 miles north of Ft Lauderdale, 215 miles south of Daytona Beach, 192 miles south of Orlando and 42 miles north of Miami, on the Atlantic.
The City is growing rapidly. Its open-air shopping and dining districts, combined with a strong arts scene plus sports activities ranging from boating to tennis have helped establish it as a stylish area.
In addition to those amenities, it enjoys a strong business community. In fact in 2004 it was voted the number 4 best place in the country for working, per the Job search site at
5 miles of coastline
Population is approximately 75,000 within city limits
Approximately 125,000 in the unincorporated area
Total Area: 27.14 square miles within the city limits. Slightly over five miles at widest point.
Average Annual Temperature: 74.7 degrees; low: 66.6 degrees, high: 82.9 degrees
Average Annual Rainfall: 60.75 inches
Average Household income: $62,594
Median Household Income: $62,800
Median Age: 42.9
3 colleges in Boca Raton
2 major hospitals
36 Golf courses
It has a Museum of Art and it’s own orchestra (Boca Pops)
As of Sept 2005, per an MLS search the least expensive 2/2 was $310,000
A good site to get more information is the Boca City site at http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/
The cost of living here is approximately that of Palm Beach-ranging towards 110
However on comparison with other parts of the country it is still a deal.
See comparable Florida statewide CGI’s below:
Palm Beach 102.69
St. Johns 99.18
(Population Weighted-State Average=100
See national comparisons
Cost of living (100 = nationwide average)
New York, NY 364
Long Beach, NY 340
Palo Alto, CA 268
Menlo Park, CA 265
Los Altos, CA 261
Saratoga, CA 261
Boston, MA 240
Malibu, CA 233
San Francisco, CA 217
Greenwich, CT 215
Cambridge, MA 211
Santa Monica, CA 197
Keystone, CO 194
San Rafael, CA 192
Weston, CT 192
Darien, CT 192
Wellesley, MA 192
Fort Lee, NJ 189
Arlington, VA 184
Honolulu, HI 184
Washington, DC 181
Princeton, NJ 180
Vail, CO 178
Chicago, IL 166
Sunnyvale, CA 164
San Mateo, CA 163
Marathon, FL 161
Ridgewood, NJ 159
Mystic, CT 159
Key West, FL 149
For a complete list go to http://verticals.yahoo.com/cities/categories/costofliving.html
Transportation-The same roads 195 and the Florida turnpike connect Boca north and south.
Palm Beach International Airport, the primary commercial passenger serve airport in the northern portion of South Florida's metropolitan area, is just 25 miles north of Boca Raton and serves more than 5.8 million passengers.
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Just 20 miles south.
Miami International, 47 miles south of Boca Raton,
In conclusion, this area tends to be expensive. But in return it has all the amenities of a suburban life style yet you’re close to Miami and Ft Lauderdale and all they have to offer.
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