Florida’s most affluent neighborhoods are often places where residents, some of whom are celebrities, can often be seen on a talk show or news segment, as much as they might be seen walking their dog down the street. Life among the rich and famous has always been the subject of newsworthy stories, gossip and public fascination. The neighborhoods which made our list have the highest per-capita income in Florida, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Read on to learn a little about places in Florida where the wealthy, and often famous, call home.
1) Fisher Island
Fisher Island is a barrier island, three miles offshore from mainland Florida. The small island is recognized as having the highest per-capita income of anywhere else in the United States at $236,238. This is in part due to the low population of less than 500 people. The island is considered one of the most beautiful places in America and has exceptional outlying ports and beaches on the mainland, from Key Biscayne to the Miami port, and South Beach. Fisher Island itself can boast its own beaches, a nine-hole golf course, marinas, tennis courts, a spa, and club. The island is considered by many to be incredibly safe. With the only access by helicopter, boat, or a ferry which runs 24/7, getting on or off the island is heavily regulated. The island is truly where the wealthy go to get away. Fisher Island has been home to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Andre Agassi, and Mel Brooks.
2) Jupiter Island
Jupiter Island could just as well be named Golf Island with superstars such as Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price, and Lee Trevino having either owned property or currently residing on the island. Other notables who have lived on the island are Celine Dion, Alan Jackson, and Steve Bisciotti. The population of the island is around 830 people, with an annual per-capita income around $200,000. Homes are as lavish and beautiful as the surrounding turquoise waters, with prices ranging from $2 million, to Celine Dion’s $72.5-million-dollar estate. Jupiter island is humorously considered the world’s wealthiest private club as it rests quietly away from the rest of South Florida. If you have ever dreamed of what life would be like without a care in the world, and more money than you could possibly toss away in a lifetime, then Jupiter Island would be the place you’re fantasizing about.
Golf, Florida has one of the highest incomes in America with a per-capita income hovering around $145,000. An island with the name of Golf island might make you think the name came from the 1950’s planned community surrounding a golf course. Rumor has it that the name actually came from the number of early settlers who were from Golf, Illinois. However, now, the population of 260 people could just as well cite the small 542-acre area as a golf haven. Golf is situated near Boynton Beach, and the County Club of Florida. It is one of several villages in Palm Springs County, known for a golfing lifestyle, and retirement. As opposed to other notable communities on this list, such as Fisher Island and Jupiter Island, the residents of Golf keep a quiet sophistication on their lavish lifestyle. This is another community for the ultra-wealthy, with posh instead of swag, and old money rivaling the nouveau riche.
Manalapan has a unique list of residents from Billy Joel and Yanni, to defense lawyer, F. Lee Bailey and the founder of The National Enquirer, Generoso Pope, Jr. This small beachside community has a population of just over 300 and an annual per-capita income around $145,000. This small town is one of the few that has been able to push back successfully against large-scale developers looking to take advantage of Manalapan’s prime real estate and beautiful scenery. The town is situated close to South Beach, and along the intracoastal waterway. Manalapan shares part of Hypoluxo island with the neighboring town of Lantana. While the Lantana Beach is popularly known as the Boynton inlet, it is the southern tip of the island, in Manalapan that is truly the gem. Manalapan is secluded and quiet, the perfect place for the wealthy to stroll without the rush of the bustling city ruining their relaxation.