Longboat Key, FL
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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 95.24% 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 (23.79%), sales jobs (16.26%), and business and financial occupations (11.37%).

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: 23.89% 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 an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Longboat Key. 60.45% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Longboat Key in 2010 was $93,276, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $373,104 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.

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

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