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Lake Clarke Shores is a town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. Located in the east-central portion of the county, the town is situated just west of the south end of West Palm Beach, north and west of the north end of Lake Worth Beach, and east of Palm Springs. The 2010 census recorded a population of 3,376, while the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Lake Clarke Shores had a population of 3,627 in 2019.
The town was named after John Newton Clarke, who first filed a homestead claim in the area in 1897. Clarke intended to capitalize on the business of growing pineapples, but his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. Very few people lived in the area until local attorney Walter Travers created a plan to develop a community around Lake Clarke and purchased 250 acres (100 ha) of land for $10,000 in the late 1940s. The completion of a bridge across the West Palm Beach Canal in 1953 spurred a further growth in population. Residents officially voted to incorporate Lake Clarke Shores as a town on April 10, 1956.
Today, Lake Clarke Shores maintains a small population. The town is primarily a bedroom community, with most of its businesses and other commercial buildings located along Forest Hill Boulevard (State Road 882).
The town of Lake Clarke Shores was named after John Newton Clarke, a general store grocer and postmaster at the post office in Lake Worth (now known as Lake Worth Beach) who filed a homestead claim in 1897 for an 139 acres (56 ha) area of land on the eastern shore of a lake situated just west of West Palm Beach.