City of Delray Beach

The first documented human activity within the area that would become the city of Delray Beach was the establishment of the Orange Grove House of Refuge by the United States Life-Saving Service, a predecessor to the United States Cost Guard, to assist survivors of shipwrecks off the coast of Florida. In 1884, a moderately-sized group of African-American settlers began farming west of the House of Refuge and eventually built the first school in the area. In 1984, William Linton, a postmaster from Michigan, bought a large amount of land near the coast and began selling it to farmers. Seeing the success of the Linton farms, Henry Flagler built a station there for the Florida East Coast Railroad. After an especially cold winter killed many crops in 1898, William Linton left his town, and it was renamed to Delray, which means “Of the King” in Spanish. Florida officially chartered Delray in 1911. During the 1920s, Delray’s economy shifted from the farming of pineapples and tomatoes to tourism and real estate. Modern utilities and roads were constructed, and hotels sprang up. In 1923, the area between the Florida East Cost Canal (which would later become part of the Intercoastal Waterway) and the ocean became Delray Beach, and in 1927 the towns east and west of the Canal merged under that name.

Delray Beach’s development into a tourism and residential center has continued into the modern era. The city is now home to many upscale beachside hotels and restaurants, and modern sporting and entertainment facilities exist alongside historical sites such as the former Delray Elementary School and High School built in 1913 (now Old School Square), the Cason Cottage, which was built in 1915, and the Marina Historic District, built between 1922 and 1943.

Delray Beach has a total land area of 15.37 square miles. The city’s population as of 2006 is estimated to be 64,757 people, and so its population density is about 4213 people per square mile of land. The current mayor of Delray Beach is Rita Ellis. Its sister cities are Moshi, Tanzania and Miyazu, Japan.


Delray Beach Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Delray Beach

6025 Lasalle Rd # 6025 Delray Beach, FL 33484
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2 beds 2 baths 1,527 sqft $258,000
236 Saxony # E Delray Beach, FL 33446
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2 beds 2 baths 907 sqft $94,000
13638 Via Flora # H Delray Beach, FL 33484
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2 beds 2 baths $149,900
3811 Arelia Dr # 3811 Delray Beach, FL 33445
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2 beds 2 baths 1,173 sqft $269,900
4549 Danson Way # Na Delray Beach, FL 33445
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2 beds 3 baths 1,887 sqft $325,000
4655 Nw 2nd St # D Delray Beach, FL 33445
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2 beds 2 baths 1,070 sqft $1,600
353 Piedmont H # 353 Delray Beach, FL 33484
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1 bed 2 baths 760 sqft $69,900
14460 Strathmore Ln # 401 Delray Beach, FL 33446
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2 beds 2 baths 1,230 sqft $2,400
MLS # F10259279 Delray Beach, FL 33445
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2 beds 2 baths 1,433 sqft $245,000
7523 S Oriole Blvd # 204 Delray Beach, FL 33446
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2 beds 2 baths 915 sqft $1,350
724 Lago Rd Delray Beach, FL 33445
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2 beds 2 baths 1,424 sqft $265,000
788 Flanders Q # 788 Delray Beach, FL 33484
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2 beds 2 baths 907 sqft $139,900
553 Monaco L # 553 Delray Beach, FL 33446
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2 beds 2 baths 883 sqft $1,100
4801 N Wickham Cir # B Delray Beach, FL 33445
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3 beds 3 baths 1,316 sqft $1,790
5425 Poppy Place Unit D Delray Beach, FL 33484
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2 beds 2 baths 1,050 sqft $208,700

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Delray Beach School Data

Delray Beach School Districts

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Delray Beach Schools

Atlantic High School
9-12, public
Plumosa School Of The Arts
PK-5, public
S. D. Spady Elementary School
PK-5, public
Pine Grove Elementary School
PK-5, public
Banyan Creek Elementary School
PK-5, public
Carver Middle School
6-8, public
Orchard View Elementary School
PK-5, public
Morikami Park Elementary School
PK-5, public
Trinity Lutheran School
PK-8, private
Unity School
PK-8, private
St Vincent Ferrer School
PK-8, private
St Mark Catholic School
PK-8, private
Bar & Ferg’s Academy
PK-3, private
Oak School of Delray Beach
n/a, private
Daughter Of Zion Jr Academy
PK-8, private
Mount Olive Christian School
PK-8, private
American Heritage School – Boca/Delray
PK-12, private
Seacrest Christian School
PK-5, private
Village Academy On The Art & Sara Jo Kobacker Campus
K-12, public
Toussaint L’ouverture High School
9-12, charter
Tomorrow’s Promise Community School
9-12, charter
St. Mary’s Anglican Christian Academy
4-8, private
South Area Elementary Transition School
3-5, public
Atlantic High Adult Education Center
n/a, public
Delray Full Service Adult Education
n/a, public
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