Key West, FL
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Key West is a medium-sized city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 25,208 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Key West is the 108th largest community in Florida.

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

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Key West is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Key West is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Key West who work in food service (15.82%), office and administrative support (13.83%), and management occupations (10.76%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Key West, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.51 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Key West is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.67% of adults in Key West have a college degree.

The per capita income in Key West in 2010 was $35,944, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $143,776 for a family of four. However, Key West contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Key West is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Key West home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Key West residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Key West also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.47% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Key West include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Key West also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.25%.

The most common language spoken in Key West is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.