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Boca Raton, Florida

Boca Raton is a city located in Palm Beach County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 74,764. The city of Boca Raton came into existence in May of 1925. The name "Boca Raton" predates the city, and was given to the cove where the city stands by spanish settlers. "Boca Raton" literally translates from Spanish as "mouth of the rat", but was an idiom meaning "pirate's cove".


Boca Raton is located at 26°22'7" North, 80°6'0" West (26.368699, -80.100077)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 75.4 km² (29.1 mi²). 70.4 km² (27.2 mi²) of it is land and 5.0 km² (1.9 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 6.63% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 74,764 people, 31,848 households, and 20,000 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,061.7/km² (2,749.8/mi²). There are 37,547 housing units at an average density of 533.2/km² (1,381.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 90.75% White, 3.76% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. 8.51% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 31,848 households out of which 24.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% are married couples living together, 7.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% are non-families. 29.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.26 and the average family size is 2.81.

In the city the population is spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $60,248, and the median income for a family is $77,861. Males have a median income of $52,287 versus $33,347 for females. The per capita income for the city is $45,628. 6.7% of the population and 4.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 6.0% are under the age of 18 and 4.9% are 65 or older.