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 7,266 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 94.83% 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 (25.57%), sales jobs (13.90%), and business and financial occupations (10.71%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 28.70% 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.
Another notable thing is that Longboat 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.
In addition, Longboat Key is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Longboat Key’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.
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.
If knowledge is power, Longboat Key is a pretty powerful place. 62.07% of the adults in Longboat Key have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Longboat Key in 2010 was $93,971, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $375,884 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 English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.
In addition, Longboat Key has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.27%).
The most common language spoken in Longboat Key is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.