Big Pine Key, FL


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Big Pine Key is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 4,525 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Big Pine Key is the 289th largest community in Florida.

Big Pine Key home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Big Pine Key real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some towns, Big Pine Key isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Big Pine Key are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Big Pine Key is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Pine Key who work in sales jobs (16.59%), office and administrative support (11.70%), and management occupations (10.66%).

Another notable thing is that Big Pine Key is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Big Pine Key has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Big Pine Key has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Big Pine Key than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Big Pine Key may be for you.

Big Pine Key is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Big Pine Key, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.27 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The citizens of Big Pine Key are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.75% of adults in Big Pine Key having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Big Pine Key in 2010 was $35,613, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $142,452 for a family of four. However, Big Pine Key contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Big Pine Key home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Big Pine Key residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Big Pine Key also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.45% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Big Pine Key include German, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Big Pine Key is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.

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