Boca Raton, is a city in southern Palm Beach County, Florida. It was first incorporated on August 2, 1924, as "Bocaratone," and then incorporated as "Boca Raton" in 1925. As a business centre, the city experiences significant daytime population increases. Boca Raton is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area. It is known as one of the wealthiest places in South Florida.
Boca Raton is home to the main campus of Florida Atlantic University and the corporate headquarters of Office Depot. It is also home to the Evert Tennis Academy, owned by former professional tennis player Chris Evert. Boca Town Center, an upscale shopping centre in central Boca Raton, is the largest indoor mall in Palm Beach County. The downtown area is established around a lifestyle centre and entertainment hub named Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place, a mixed-used shopping, dining, and residential district.
Many buildings in the area have a Mediterranean Revival or Spanish Colonial Revival architectural theme, initially inspired by Addison Mizner, a resort architect who heavily influenced the city's early development. Still today, Boca Raton has a strict development code for the size and types of commercial buildings, building signs, and advertisements that may be erected within the city limits. The strict development code has led to several major thoroughfares without large signs or advertisements in the travellers' view.
Office Depot, a supplier of office products and services, has its global headquarters on a 28-acre campus in the city. The GEO Group, also has its headquarters in Boca Raton based out of One Park Place. Media company Friend Finder Networks, hotel company Luxury Resorts, consumer products company Jarden and e-retailer Vitacost, and BMI Gaming are also based in Boca Raton. Hospitality establishments such as the Dell-owned Boca Raton Resort and Club, which serve the wealthy clientele of Boca Raton, contribute to the economy of the city.
Among the top employers in the city are: Boca Raton Regional Hospital; Florida Atlantic University; Office Depot (Headquarters); City of Boca Raton; Boca Raton Resort and Club; National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI); Johnson Controls / Tyco (Headquarters); Lynn University; ADT Security Services (Headquarters); IBM.
Boca Raton has a population of over 99,244 people. Boca Raton also forms part of the wider Miami metropolitan area which has a population of over 6,198,782 people.