Originally called Palm Beach, an early resort catering to the very wealthy. West Palm Beach grew as a bedroom community for the resort workers. Bahamian immigrants also arrived and joined with locals.
Palm Beach County is still an important agricultural producer, with a lot of undeveloped land along the north side of the county. Many migrant workers live near the fields.
West Palm Beach is the northern end of the Tri-Rail commuter train route, which runs south to Miami.
Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Hutchinson Island on the Atlantic Coast are among the largest communities.
Interstate highway I-95, the Sunshine State Parkway, plus US highways 1 and 441 run through Palm Beach County