Located along the Palm Beach-Martin county line and extending to the north to the southern portion of the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, the town is an extremely wealthy area with Worth Magazine ranking the town as #1 in the country for having the highest median home sale. The area also has the highest per capita income of any location the in United States. Once two island, Jupiter Island was once paired with Long Island on the north side, the two of which were separated by an inlet and what is officially called Peck Lake, but commonly called Peck’s Lake.
The median home value in Jupiter Island is $5,524,766 with a population density of 227.4 people per square mile. As of the 2010 census, there were 219 families, 429 households, and 817 people residing in the town.
Home values have risen by 3% over the past year from June 2019 to June 2020.
Age distribution of the town was 47.6% who were aged 65 years of age or older, 27.2% aged 25 to 44, 4.3% aged from 18 to 24, and 4% under the age of 18.
Incorporated in 1953, the Town of Jupiter Island operated in a manager-council form of government. The town’s daily operations are managed by the Town Manager and three separate operating units, the Town Commission, the Beach Protection District, and the South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU).
The town contains different operating departments including Administration, the Building Department, Public Safety, and Public Works.
The town enjoys this unique way of life largely due to a dismissal of a zoning case against the Town of Jupiter by Circuit Court Judge Wallace Sample using wording that still holds true today.
Situated along a barrier island on the south end of Martin County, Jupiter Island consists of approximately 1,643 acres of land. The town is bound on the east by nine miles of ocean frontage and on the west by the Intracoastal Waterway. With a permanent population of 817, the town has a seasonal population of approximately 2,000.
Established by the Florida Legislature in 1953, the community has sought to preserve natural resources to the maximum extent possible. Jupiter Island contains very little commercial land, with its use within the town to primarily serve residents needs. With a community that is very public service oriented, nearly 70 residents serve on the various boards and committees.
68 regular and 10 part time employees carry out the major functions of Jupiter Island such as Public Safety, Public Works, Building and Zoning, Finance, and Administration, and the South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU).
Property Tax is the major revenue source for the funding of the Town. The Martin County Property Appraiser is responsible for each year determining the total value of each parcel property. This is established based on the parcels fair market value. The Town’s 2011 taxable value established by the Martin County Property Appraiser is $1,949,260,133.
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