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Renter's Guide to Lake Worth

Lake Worth is an ideal city to call home sweet home, a beach town that's a wonderful place for both singles and families. In fact, Nerd Wallet ranked it as one of 2015's best cities in Florida for young families.

Located in the Miami metro area, Lake Worth's part of Palm Beach County and about 6.5 square miles in area. That's roughly one-third the size of West Palm Beach, one-half the size of Boynton Beach, and less than one-tenth the size of Miami.

West Palm Beach is right next door to Lake Worth, at only about 10 miles away, while Ft. Lauderdale is approximately 46 miles and Miami is 71 miles away.

The weather here's usually sunny and warm. Winter lows average just above 60, so you’ll never be snowed in, while summer highs are usually in the upper 80s.

You won’t experience the traditional four seasons here. Instead, there are only two seasons – wet and dry. May through October are the rainy months, with November through April usually being much drier.

Cost of Living in Lake Worth, FL

A three-course meal for two at a mid-priced restaurant in Lake Worth will cost you between $45 and $80, while a regular cappuccino is around $4.00.

Utilities here for a 915-square-foot apartment – including electricity, heating, water, and waste disposal – cost $152.47 per month on average. That's just a little above the national average of $147.

The city’s residents are served by both rail and bus public transportation through Tri-Rail and Palm-Tran respectively. A single trip fare is $3.75, or you can purchase a monthly pass for $100.

Or you can choose from one of several taxi services, including Yellow Cab and Ace Car & Taxi.

Living in Lake Worth, FL

Moving to Lake Worth will give you the opportunity to take advantage of some of its excellent amenities, like water sports, food, and art scene, all of which are rated highly by the locals.

Unfortunately, you'll also have to deal with the occasional hurricane, but that's true of anywhere in Florida. And Lake Worth has the benefit of being somewhat protected by a lagoon, plus the city's infrastructure and services are designed to minimize damage and facilitate evacuation, if needed.

For such a small city, Lake Worth has an incredibly diverse population, including Native American, African, Guatemalan, Cuban, Haitian, and Finnish residents.

Things to do in Lake Worth

The city has plenty of high school and college athletics to enjoy, and it's also just a short trip from some great pro sports. Miami is home to its own NBA, NFL, and MLB teams. Pretty much everyone in Lake Worth roots for the Marlins, Dolphins, and Heat.

You’ll also have tons of shopping options here. Downtown Lake Worth is a haven of art galleries, restaurants, and specialty stores. And then there's high-end fashion and jewelry available in the Worth Avenue shopping district in nearby Palm Beach. Plus a huge outlet shopping center, Wellington Green, is just a short drive away.

If you're in search of a great family outing, a day at the lagoon is a good bet. There are places to launch a boat, picnic facilities, and countless water sports to enjoy.

Of course, if you don’t mind a brief road trip, Walt Disney World is just a few hours away in Orlando. It’s a complex of several massive amusement parks that has been delighting the young and old alike for decades.

Or for something a little cheaper and more educational, check out the Lake Worth Historical Museum. It documents the history of the region, with exhibits going all the way back to the pioneer days.

The city also offers plenty of parks for both visitors and residents. Bryant Park and Bryant Park South are both located on the Intercoastal Waterway. They provide boat ramps, grills, and playgrounds. A little further inland is Howard Park, which features picnic facilities, playgrounds, a baseball field, and basketball and tennis courts.

But perhaps the biggest park is the oceanside Lake Worth Casino Beach Complex. There you’ll find beach access, playgrounds and picnic tables, with lifeguards on duty during the day.

Couples will find tons to keep them busy in Lake Worth. You can enjoy a romantic movie together at the AMC Starplex Cinema or dinner and shopping at the Lake Worth Casino Complex. Although the original casino now serves as a venue for weddings and other celebrations, it dates back to the early 20th century and has been completely renovated into a modern shopping and social destination.

The city hosts numerous seasonal, annual, and holiday festivals. One highlight is the Rocktober Brewfest, which combines Oktoberfest with a showcase of the region’s craft beers. More fun can be had at the beach bonfires held twice each month during the winter.

For a modest-sized town, Lake Worth has an amazing amount of art and cultural facilities. In fact, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has its headquarters in the city. There’s also the Duncan Theater at Palm Beach State College, which features live music and dancing.

The Lake Worth Playhouse is another theater here, a vintage building that hosts live musical and community theater performances. If you want to learn to create some art of your own – or just see wonderful exhibits – the city also offers the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts, where glass, ceramic, and metal art is crafted.

Employment and Economy

Major industries in Lake Worth include healthcare, agriculture, and aerospace. The region is also known as a major sugar production center. United States Sugar and Florida Crystals are two of the city's biggest employers.

There are also several large aerospace companies in the area, including Sikorsky, a division of Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. If you want to work in healthcare, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities, including the JFK Medical Center.

Education in Lake Worth

Lake Worth is a member of the Palm Beach County School District. There are four elementary schools and one high school in the city, along with a number of private educational options.

As for higher education, Palm Beach State College’s main campus is also located here. It has both associates and bachelor programs, and is well-known for its nursing curriculum. Nearby Ft. Lauderdale provides opportunities with City College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, and more. Keiser University – also located in Ft. Lauderdale – has a top-notch computer science program, in particular.

Tips for Renting in Lake Worth

You have several critical rights as a renter in Florida. Your landlord is obligated to return your security deposit within one month of your departure. Furthermore, if your security deposit is not returned on time, you have the right to sue for its value in small claims court.

On the other hand, there's no limit on the amount your landlord can ask for as a security deposit. In the event that your rent is late, you have three days to pay before your landlord can start the eviction process.

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