Longboat Key is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 7,292 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Longboat Key is the 239th largest community in Florida.
Longboat Key home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Longboat Key real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Longboat Key is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Longboat Key is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Longboat Key who work in management occupations (27.86%), sales jobs (12.59%), and office and administrative support (11.90%).
Of important note, Longboat Key is also a town of artists. Longboat Key has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Longboat Key’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 29.44% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Another notable thing is that Longboat Key is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Longboat Key’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
In addition, Longboat Key is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Longboat 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.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Longboat Key, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Longboat Key is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 63.05% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Longboat Key in 2010 was $97,221, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $388,884 for a family of four. However, Longboat Key contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Longboat Key home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Longboat Key residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Longboat Key include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.
Longboat Key also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.56%.
The most common language spoken in Longboat Key is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.