Boca Raton FL waterfront

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Demographics 62
Economy 58
Education 69
Health 45
Housing 20
Infrastructure 46

#89. Boca Raton, FL

Boca Raton, FL is part of The Palm Beaches region, 50 miles north of Miami. It started as one of Florida’s premier resort towns in the early 20th century and has morphed into a family-friendly destination known for beautiful beaches, wildlife conservation, golf courses, educational opportunities and high-end restaurants. Boca, as the locals call it, is widely considered one of the best places to live in southern Florida. 

Top Colleges/Universities: Florida Atlantic University & Lynn University

Top Industries & Employers: The three biggest industries in Boca Raton are professional, scientific and technical services; retail and trade; and health care and social assistance.

Weekend Plans: The free Gumbo Limbo Nature Center offers a close-up look at the region’s wildlife and natural marine environment. 

Favorite Place to Feast: Longtime local favorite Max’s Grille serves simple seafood dishes like sesame seared tuna, crab-crusted mahi-mahi and maple-glazed Atlantic salmon. 

Beloved Beverage: If you are looking to add spice to your evening, stop by Kapow Noodle Bar’ for the Spicy Lover Cocktail made with Espolòn tequila reposado, cilantro, cucumber and serrano pepper. 

Outdoorsy Activity: Boca has more than 5 miles of pristine white-sand beaches.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Dogs are allowed to run off-leash in designated beach areas at Bark Beach. 

Remote Work Perk: When happy hour calls, head to the Yard House and sample one of their 125 global beers and ciders. 

One More Thing ... The first personal computer released by IBM was developed at the company’s Boca Raton research and development center. 

– Brittany Anas

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