Incorporated in 1956, the city of North Palm Beach was awarded the Best Planned Community in the U.S. designation in 1957 by the National Association of Homebuilders. The village contains John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Beach State Park, which has 1.8 miles of beaches. North Palm Beach is known as a boating community, which testifies to its rather intricate network of canals and waterways. The Village is comprised of about 13,000 year round residents and an additional 5,000 seasonal residents arriving during the winter months. Approximately 40 to 45% of the housing stock is located on waterfront, canal front, or water access properties which lends to its reputation as a waterfront community. These waterfront residences greatly assist in maintaining property values throughout the Village. The Village is reputed for its family orientation and strong family values found throughout the community. This is reflected in the recreation programs and facilities developed and maintained by the Village.