Jupiter is a town in Florida with a population of about 63,000 people. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean side in Palm Beach County and is part of the Miami metropolitan area. The town occupies a little more than 21 square miles, of which 20 square miles are land.
Because Jupiter protrudes relatively far from the rest of the Florida coast, it has long served as an important landmark for sailors. When the Spanish arrived in the 1500s, they met a native tribe that called themselves the Jobe, and the Spaniards named a river after them. When the English heard the name, they mistook it for Jove (ho-vay), a Roman god analogous to the Greek’s Zeus, and changed it to “Jupiter.”
Jupiter, like most of Florida, is known for a comfortable climate. Sperling’s Best Places gives it an index of 87 out of 100, compared to an average of 50 for all U.S. cities (the higher the rating, the more comfortable). You’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine and warm winters, with the average low in January of only 55°F.
Jupiter is easily accessible via highways, including I-95, Florida’s main north-south artery to the west, and US 1, which runs along the coast. Primary state highways are 706 (east-west) and 811 (north-south). Public transit via bus is provided by Palm Train; Tri-Rail is a commuter rail service for West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. The nearest major air hub is Miami International Airport (MIA) about 90 miles to the south.
Jupiter Cost of Living
According to Sperling’s Best Places, Jupiter is about 25 percent more expensive than typical cities in the U.S. You’ll pay about a 66 percent premium for housing. You’ll pay a six percent sales tax, but Florida does not assess a tax on your personal income. Use the links below to see how far your paycheck will go in Jupiter.
Public schools in Jupiter are under the purview of the School District of Palm Beach County. There are also several private schools. According to collegesimply.com, there are 17 colleges within 50 miles, including Palm Beach State College, with an enrollment of nearly 30,000, located in Lake Worth, Florida.
According to US Hospital Finder, there are 16 hospitals within 30 miles of Jupiter. Jupiter Medical Center is located within the city. It is a not-for-profit regional medical center with 327 beds and part of the Mount Sinai Health System. There is also a 231-bed Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
Jupiter Real Estate
The most recent U.S. Census shows Jupiter has about 29,825 housing units, with owner occupancy at 70.7 percent. The median value of owner-occupied homes is $283,700, and selected monthly costs of ownership are $1,891 with a mortgage ($766 without a mortgage). Renters can expect to pay median monthly costs of $1,430.
Jupiter offers many nice choices in accommodations, both close to the coast along U.S. Highway 1 and inland with access via I-95. The Jupiter Waterfront Inn offers rooms and suites, free breakfast, and fishing from a pier. For a more upscale stay, the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott is a three-star property with a restaurant and a Starbucks.
As you might expect, a visit to Florida’s coast opens up wonderful opportunities for dining, especially for fresh seafood. Savor the catch of the day at Sinclairs Ocean Grill overlooking the Jupiter Beach Resort pool. Jetty’s Waterfront Restaurant is a family-friendly eatery with just-caught seafood and views of a lighthouse.
Jupiter Things to Do
A visit to Jupiter will likely find you lured to one or more of the area’s natural attractions. Tourists agree the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a good way to spend the day and see Florida’s diverse animal inhabitants, including eagles, panthers, bears, alligators and crocodiles (confiscated as illegal pets, now protected in the sanctuary). Florida is known for its lighthouses, and you can climb inside one at the famed Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.