Delray Beach is a coastal city in Palm Beach County, Florida. The population of Delray Beach was estimated at 68,749 in 2017 and encompasses an area of 16.33 square miles.
Situated 52 miles north of Miami, Delray Beach is in the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in 2015. Often referred to as Florida’s Village by the Sea this small town has a relaxed “beachy” vibe and was named as the top beach in the southeastern U.S. by Travel Holiday magazine. Delray Beach is a three-time winner of the All-America City award in 1993, 2001, 2017. In 2012 Delray Beach was named by Rand McNally, The Travel Channel and USA Today as the Most Fun Small Town in the United States. Delray Beach “downtown” is filled with many art galleries, fine dining and shopping along trendy Atlantic Avenue just steps to the ocean. Delray Beach is home to 5 Historic Districts including Del Ida Park, Old School Square, West Settlers, Marina District and Nassau Park with homes dating back to the early 1900s.
1894 Settlers from Michigan arrived and the city was originally known as Linton.
1901 City name changed to Delray after a suburb of Detroit, MI.
1924 Delray Beach became known as a resort town and there was a real estate boom.
1930 Became a popular winter destination for writers, artists and famous cartoonists.
1940 During WW II citizens volunteered to watch the beach 24/7 for possible attacks.
1960 Delray Beach Atlantic Avenue was the biggest seller of surfboards in Florida.
1975 George Morikami donates 200 acres of land for Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
2017 Max Weinberg Hall of Fame drummer of the E Street Band moves to Delray Beach.
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