About This Place
Boca Raton ( /boʊkə rətoʊn/) is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA, incorporated in May 1925. In the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 74,764; the 2006 population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 86,396. However, the majority of the people under the postal address of Boca Raton, about 200,000 in total, are not actually within Boca Raton's municipal boundaries. It is estimated that on any given day, there are roughly 350,000 people in the city itself.
In terms of both population and land area, Boca Raton is the largest city between West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach, Broward County.
The literal translation of "Boca Raton" is "Mouse Mouth" ("mouse" in Spanish is "ratón"), the Spanish word boca meaning inlet and ratón being a Spanish nautical term describing rocks that gnawed at a ship's cable. Another explanation is that it refers metaphorically to a pirate's cove. The name Boca Ratones originally appeared on eighteenth century maps associated with an inlet in the Biscayne Bay area of Miami. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the term was mistakenly moved north to its current location on most maps and applied to the inland waterway from the closed inlet north for 8.5 miles (13.7 km), which was called the "Boca Ratones Lagoon".