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Palm Springs, Florida

Village of Palm Springs
Location of Palm Springs, Florida
Location of Palm Springs, Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Palm Beach
 • Mayor Bev Smith
 • Total 3.5 sq mi (4.3 km2)
 • Land 2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,928
 • Density 7,261.1/sq mi (2,803.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33406, 33461
Area code(s) 561
FIPS code 12-54450[1]
GNIS feature ID 0293892[2]
Palm Springs, Florida is located in Florida
Palm Springs, Florida
Location of Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 18,928.[3]


  • Geography 1
  • Government 2
  • History 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Economy 5
  • Education 6
    • Primary and secondary schools 6.1
    • Public libraries 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Palm Springs is located at (26.6359, -080.0936) in east-central Palm Beach County. The village is situated adjacent to Greenacres, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach. According to the United States Census Bureau, Palm Springs has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2). 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.01%) is water.


The village council composed of five elected officials – a mayor, Bev Smith, and four members. Of the four persons on the village council, one serves as vice mayor and another as mayor pro tempore. Twice a month, the village council meets in the Village Hall at 226 Cypress Lane. They are elected on a non-partisan basis for two-year terms. The mayor and the members of district 1 and 3 are elected in odd-numbered years, while districts 2 and 4 are up for election during even-numbered years. Both elections occurred on the first Tuesday in March, followed by a runoff on the fourth Tuesday of March, if a no candidate receives a majority of the vote. The five members of the village council are:[4]

  • Mayor Bev Smith
  • District 1: Doug Gunther (Mayor Pro Tempore)
  • District 2: Patti Waller
  • District 3: Sergio Escalada (Vice Mayor)
  • District 4: Joni Brinkman

Other local officials include Village Manager Richard Reade, Village Attorney Glen Torcivia, and Village Clerk Virginia Walton.[5]

On the state level, Palm Springs is represented by Dave Kerner (D) of the Florida House of Representatives's 87th district and Jeff Clemens (D) of the Florida Senate's 27th district. Nationally, the village is served by Lois Frankel (D) of Florida's 22nd congressional district and U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R).


In 1957, Florida House of Representatives Ralph Blank, Jr. of Palm Beach County introduced legislation to establish the village of Palm Springs. The bill passed unanimously, and thus, Palm Springs was chartered on July 4, 1957. At the time, the village consisted of only a 700 acres (2.8 km2) dairy farm and the barn, which is now Christ Community Church, located on Henthorne Drive.[6] By August of the following year, 800 homes had been constructed. Earlier in 1958, construct began on the village hall and was dedicated in February 1960. Upon completion, Village Hall had nearly 8,000 square feet, which provided offices for the village clerk, building official, tax assessor, tax collector, and space for fire and police departments, as well as a meeting room, which seated about 100 people. According to the 1960 Census, the population of Palm Springs was 2,503.

By 1997, the village of Palm Springs spanned 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) and had over 10,000 residents.

As of 2006, the population of Palm Springs is approximately 13,890. Half of the residents live in single-family houses, the rest live in condominiums, townhouses, and apartments. Palm Springs is primarily residential in nature.[6]

According to Palm Beach County, future annexation by the Village will include all areas west to Military Trail from the present boundaries, between Lake Worth Road and north of Forest Hill Boulevard; and all areas east of the present boundaries to Florida Mango Road. This future annexation may increase the Village's population by another 10,000 residents.[6]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,699 people, 5,148 households, and 2,970 families residing in the Palm Springs, Florida. The population density was 7,261.1 inhabitants per square mile (2,805.6/km2). There were 5,919 housing units at an average density of 3,673.7 per square mile (1,419.5/km2). The racial makeup was 84.2% White (65.6% were Non-Hispanic,)[7] 6.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.4% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.8% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.0% of the population.

There were 5,148 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.3% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.90. 8.1% of the population is homosexual.

In the village the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,026, and the median income for a family was $42,430. Males had a median income of $30,920 versus $26,106 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,763. About 4.9% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 69.9% of all residents, while Spanish accounted for 24.1%, French Creole made up 2.0%, Italian was at 1.1%, German speakers were at 0.9%, French was spoken by 0.8%, Portuguese was at 0.6%, Polish at 0.4%, and Tagalog was a mother tongue for 0.3% of the population.[8]

As of 2000, Palm Springs had the fifty-first highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 7.6% of the city's populace.[9] It also had the fifty-second highest percentage of Haitian residents, which was 2.9% (tied with four other areas, including Opa-locka,)[10] and the eighty-first highest concentration of Colombian residents, which made up 1.9% of the population (tied with West Miami.)[11]


Businesses, concentrated on Congress Avenue and Tenth Avenue North, include several shopping centers, the largest of which are Greenwood and Palm Springs.[6]


Primary and secondary schools

Palm Springs is served by the School District of Palm Beach County; the district has its headquarters in the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center in Palm Springs.[12][13][14]

The village of Palm Springs is home to three public and one private school:

The public schools include:

  • Palm Springs Elementary
  • Clifford O. Taylor Kirklane Elementary
  • Palm Springs Community Middle School [6]

St. Luke's Catholic School is the private school.[6]

Public libraries

The Palm Springs Public Library is located in the Village Government Complex.[15]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Village Council". The Village of Palm Springs. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ (PDF) Agenda (Report). The Village of Palm Springs. November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "About the Village of Palm Springs". Palm Springs. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Demographics of Palm Springs, FL". Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  8. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Palm Springs, Florida".  
  9. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Ancestry Map of Haitian Communities". Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  11. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  12. ^ "Welcome to the School District of Palm Beach County." School District of Palm Beach County. Retrieved on March 28, 2010. "Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center 3300 Forest Hill Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL 33406."
  13. ^ "2006 Districting Map." Palm Springs. Retrieved on March 29, 2010.
  14. ^ "Districting Map." Palm Springs. Retrieved on March 29, 2010.
  15. ^ "Hours and Location." Palm Springs Public Library. Retrieved on March 29, 2010.

External links

  • Village of Palm Springs
  • Palm Springs Public Library
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Palm Springs (populated place)
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Village of Palm Springs (civil)
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