Riviera Beach, Florida

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Riviera Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, U.S.A. which was incorporated September 29, 1922. Because of where its eastern boundary lies, it is also the easternmost municipality in the South Florida metropolitan area. The population was 29,884 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be 32,522.[3] Riviera Beach is predominantly an African American city and it is on the List of U.S. cities with African American majority populations. It is home to the Port of Palm Beach and a United States Coast Guard station, and has its own marina. The city consistently has crime rates well in excess of the United States average and is also notable for its high levels of poverty.[4][5]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.5 km² (9.9 mi²). 21.6 km² (8.3 mi²) of it is land and 3.9 km² (1.5 mi²) of it (15.33%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 29,884 people, 11,387 households, and 7,526 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,383.5/km² (3,585.3/mi²). There were 14,220 housing units at an average density of 658.3/km² (1,706.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 25.75% White (25.4% were Non-Hispanic White,)[6] 67.81% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 2.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.51% of the population.

There were 11,387 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 27.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 4.62.

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