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Key West, FL
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Living in Key West

Key West is a medium-sized city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 25,597 people and ten associated neighborhoods, Key West is the 120th 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.

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.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.33% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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 15.78 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Key West are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.24% of adults in Key West have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Key West in 2022 was $56,080, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $224,320 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 22.99% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Key West include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Haitian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Key West's cultural character, accounting for 21.11% of the city’s population.

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

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