Key West, FL
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Key West is a medium-sized city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 25,755 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.

Key West is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (17.87%), office and administrative support (13.49%), and sales jobs (10.26%).

Key West is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Key West, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.

Of important note, Key West is also a city of artists. Key West has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Key West’s character.

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 15.49 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Key West citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.61% of adults in Key West have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Key West in 2010 was $31,566, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,264 for a family of four. However, Key West contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Key West is a somewhat 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 19.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Key West include English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Key West's cultural character, accounting for 19.10% of the city’s population.

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