Boca Raton, endearingly called "A City For All Seasons" or simply "Boca" by its residents, is a coastal city in southeast Florida. The city is located in affluent Palm Beach County. Boca Raton is often referenced in connection to the senior citizen population and widely known as a sought-after retirement destination. These generalizations are supported by the fact that any iteration of Florida yellowpages is sure to list a high concentration of condominiums and retirement communities in the Boca Raton area. The reported population of Boca Raton varies greatly depending on the source. As many as 200,000 people claim a Boca Raton mailing address; however, the city's strict laws regarding annexation lead to a much smaller official number of residents at about 86,000. This ambiguousness makes a big difference in how many restaurants, shops and other retailers that can officially be listed in the business directory for Boca Raton. Palm Beach County is just a short drive from Miami; however, Boca is known for having an exceptionally wealthy and ethnically varied population. The city has a large population of both Jewish residents and those of South American heritage, including Colombians, Venezuelans and Brazilians. Boca Raton has more than its share of private elementary and secondary schools, and is home to several colleges, including Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, and all of Palm Beach County, prides itself on its year-round warm climate and beautiful beaches. This perk, coupled with its reputation for wealth and high society, is perhaps part of the equation that equals its many notable residents both past and present. The expansive list of famous people who have lived in Boca Raton includes author Tucker Maxx, rockers Scott Stapp and Marilyn Manson, NASCAR star Jeff Gordon and the esteemable actor and entrepreneur Paul Newman.
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