Jupiter, Florida

Jupiter is the northernmost town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. According to the 2020 Census, the town had a population of 61,047 as of April 1, 2020. It is 84 miles north of Miami and 15 miles north of West Palm Beach, Jupiter is the northernmost community in the Miami metropolitan area,[6] home to 6,012,331 people in a 2015 Census Bureau estimate. Jupiter was named the 9th Best Southern Beach Town to live in by Stacker Newsletter for 2022, was rated as the 12th Best Beach Town in the United States by WalletHub in 2018, and as the 9th Happiest Seaside Town in the United States by Coastal Living in 2012.[7][8][9]

Jupiter, Florida
Town of Jupiter
Jupiter Inlet
Jupiter Inlet
Official seal of Jupiter, Florida
Location of Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida
Location of Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°55′34″N 80°6′18″W / 26.92611°N 80.10500°W / 26.92611; -80.10500
Country United States
State Florida
CountyFlag of Palm Beach County, Florida.png Palm Beach
IncorporatedFebruary 9, 1925
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorJim Kuretski
 • Vice MayorRon Delaney
 • CouncilorsCameron May, Cheryl Schneider, Malise Sundstrom
 • Town ManagerFrank Kitzerow
 • Town ClerkLaura Cahill
 • Total23.12 sq mi (59.89 km2)
 • Land21.63 sq mi (56.02 km2)
 • Water1.50 sq mi (3.87 km2)
Elevation7 ft (2 m)
 • Total61,047
 • Density2,822.59/sq mi (1,089.80/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes[3]
33410, 33418, 33458, 33468, 33469, 33477, 33478
Area code561
FIPS code12-35875[4]
GNIS feature ID0285000[5]


The area where the town now sits was originally named for the Hobe Indian tribe which lived at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River and whose name is also preserved in the name of nearby Hobe Sound.[10] A mapmaker misunderstood the Spanish spelling Jobe of the native people name Hobe and recorded it as Jove.[11] Subsequent mapmakers further misunderstood this to be the name of the Roman god Jupiter, because the declension of the word Jupiter in Latin includes the root Jov- in all cases but the nominative case and vocative case. They, therefore, adopted the more familiar name of Jupiter. The god Jupiter (or Zeus in the Greek mythology) is the chief Roman god, and the god of light, of the sky and weather, and of the state and its welfare and laws. Jupiter's consort was Juno, inspiring a neighboring town to name itself Juno Beach.[12]

The most notable landmark is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, completed in 1860. Made of brick, it was painted red in 1910 to cover discoloration caused by humidity. Hurricane Jeanne in 2004 sandblasted the paint from the upper portion of the tower, and the tower was repainted using a potassium silicate mineral coating. The lighthouse often is used as the symbol for Jupiter.[12][13]

United States flag incidentEdit

In 1999, Jupiter resident George Andres wanted to display a United States flag in his front yard; however, the homeowners association had a bylaw that prohibits the display of a flagpole in the front lawn. Andres still displayed the flag, while the homeowners association went as far as foreclosing his home to cover legal fees after being in court at least twenty-eight times. Even after governor Jeb Bush visited his home along with members of the local and national media, the homeowners association refused to budge.

George Andres later won the case and was allowed to display his flag in his front lawn with the use of a flagpole.

On July 24, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, allowing residents to display the flag on their residential property despite any homeowners association rules.[14]

Geography and climateEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.1 square miles (55 km2), of which 20.0 square miles (52 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) is water. Jupiter has a unique geographical location that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean further than any other point on the Florida coast. Since 1550, ships have considered it an important stop when sailing to Central and South America.[15]

Jupiter has a trade-wind[16] Tropical rainforest climate (Köppen Af). Much of the year is warm to hot in Jupiter, and frost is extremely rare. Jupiter is also known for humid summers. As is typical in South Florida, there are two basic seasons in Jupiter, a mild and dry winter (November through April), and a hot and wet summer (May through October). Daily thundershowers are common in the hot season, though they are brief. The Town of Jupiter is home to a multitude of tropical trees, and is also known for its lush landscaping around private homes and public parks.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[17]
Jupiter Demographics[18]
2020 Census Jupiter Palm Beach County Florida
Total population 61,047 1,492,191 21,538,187
Population density 2,843/sq mi 755.46/sq mi 401.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian 75.95% 57.0% 58.0%
Black or African-American 1.41% 18% 15.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 15.96% 23.5% 27.0%
Asian 3.12% 3.0% 3.0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.07% 1.0% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.04% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.11% 14.0% 17.0%
Some Other Race 0.34% 8.0% 7.0%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 61,047 people, 26,597 households, and 17,275 families residing in the town.

In 2020, 19.1% of the population was under the age of 18, and 23.1% of the population was 65 years of age or older. Females made up 51.7% of the population in 2020, and the average household size was 2.43.

In 2020, the median income for a household in the town was $87,163, and the per capita income for the town was $57,865. Out of the total population, 7.9% were living below the poverty line.[19]


The School District of Palm Beach County provides public education. Jupiter is also home to several private schools and religious schools.

Jupiter's population is served by two public high schools: Jupiter Community High School in Jupiter, and William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens.

Jupiter Christian School is a private school in the town.

Universities and colleges

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University, John D. MacArthur Campus

Public safetyEdit

Fire DepartmentEdit

Since 1984, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the citizens of Jupiter. There are three fire stations assigned to the town:

  • Station 16 – Engine 16, Rescue 16 and Brush 16;
  • Station 18 – Engine 18 and Rescue 18;
  • Station 19 – Squad 19, Rescue 19, Special Operations 19, Brush 19 and 3 command vehicles.

Station 19 is the headquarters for Battalion 1, which covers Jupiter, Juno Beach, Lake Park and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County such as Jupiter Farms and Palm Beach Country Estates.[20]

Police DepartmentEdit

The Jupiter Police Department consists of 118 sworn officers and 39 civilian support staff personnel, and is headquartered in the town's municipal campus. Its operational divisions include Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Traffic, K-9, Marine, Beach Patrol, Crime Scene Investigation, SWAT and Hostage Negotiation.[21]


Companies based in Jupiter include G4S Secure Solutions, Town Sports International Holdings, Holtec International, and The Babylon Bee.[22]

Notable peopleEdit

Points of interestEdit


American Horror Story: Freak Show, the fourth season of American Horror Story, is set in Jupiter in 1952.[50]


See alsoEdit


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