Boca Raton is often referred to as simply Boca. It is the southernmost city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. It was first incorporated on August 2, 1924 as "Bocaratone," and then incorporated as "Boca Raton" in 1925. It is one of the wealthiest communities in South Florida. It was originally inhabited by the Tequesta Indians. The 2018 population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 99,244. However, approximately 200,000 people with a Boca Raton postal address live outside its municipal boundaries. As a business center, the city experiences significant daytime population increases. Boca Raton is 43 miles (69 km) north of Miami and is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which had a population of 6,012,331 people as of 2015.
Boca Raton is home to the main campus of Florida Atlantic University and the corporate headquarters of Office Depot, ADT, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Bluegreen Corporation. It is also home to the Evert Tennis Academy, owned by former professional tennis player Chris Evert. Boca Town Center, opened in 1980 an upscale shopping center in central Boca Raton, is the largest indoor mall in Palm Beach County. The downtown is centered around Mizner Park which opened in 1989 and features fine dining, upscale shops and the Mizner Park Amphitheater which is an outdoor amphitheater, colonnade and concert green which can accommodate 4200 people.
In 1903 there were 18 residents.
In 1905 a group of Japanese farmers planted pineapples & settled in an area named Yamato.
In 1915 the Power and Light Company and a telephone line company came to Boca Raton.
In 1925 Addison Mizner an American architect built what is now known as the Boca Resort.
In 1930s Boca Raton was home to a military base and a top-secret radar technology facility.
In 1950s Arthur Vining Davis (Arvida) builds the first gated community Royal Palm Yacht Club.
In 1960s IBM moves to Boca Raton and the first high rise condominiums dot the shoreline.
In 1973 the Suburban Sprawl begins west of the newly completed Interstate 95.
In 1981 the IBM Personal Computer was developed & introduced by Don Estridge in Boca.
In 1993 Ariana Grande multi- platinum Grammy Award Winner was born in Boca Raton.
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