Ocean Ridge, Florida

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Ocean Ridge is a town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,636 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 1,702.[3]

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Geography

Ocean Ridge is located at 26°31′30″N 80°03′02″W / 26.525113°N 80.050443°W / 26.525113; -80.050443.[4]

Ocean Ridge is a small coastal community along US Hwy A1A. It lies 1.6 miles north of Briny Breezes, 1.3 miles east of Boynton Beach and 4.3 miles south of South Palm Beach. To the east lies the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.2 km² (2.0 mi²). 2.2 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is land and 3.0 km² (1.1 mi²) of it (57.00%) is water.

History

Ocean Ridge was originally founded in 1931 as the Town of Boynton Beach, which was originally part of the Town of Boynton. Major Nathan S. Boynton toured the area in 1894, and established the Boynton Beach Hotel in 1897. The town of Boynton was incorporated in 1920. Due to disputes over beach area property taxes and the Town of Boynton's rising debt load, twelve homes created the Town of Boynton Beach in 1931. But in 1937, the Town Commission called a special emergency meeting over changing Boynton Beach's name, because mail was being missent to Daytona Beach due to the similarities in name. Marion White Bird, the daughter of then Mayor Michael White, suggested the name "Ocean Ridge" and won a contest for choosing a new name. The name was officially changed to "Ocean Ridge" in 1939. Two years later, the Town of Boynton itself changed its name, to "Boynton Beach".[5]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,636 people, 875 households, and 494 families residing in the town. The population density was 734.5/km² (1,909.6/mi²). There were 1,449 housing units at an average density of 650.5/km² (1,691.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.35% White (95.7% were Non-Hispanic White,)[6] 0.12% African American, 0.55% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.93% of the population.

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