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Key West is a city in Monroe County.

It is the county seat.

The community name derives from Spanish "cayo hueso," or "bone island"

The latitude of Key West is 24.555N. The longitude is -81.782W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 3 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 25,031.


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Median household income
Local
$43,021
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Key West demographic reports
Southernmost city in the continental U.S.
Key West is the southernmost city in the continental U.S.
Early wealth came from salvaging wrecked ships and their cargoes

When Route 1 was extended to the key in 1938, residents paraded through the streets, rejoicing. When the border patrol put up a roadblock in 1982, the citizenry revolted, declaring themselves the Conch Republic

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 152. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 5.9 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 1 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Local foods: conch fritters
Filming location for:
· 1994 movie, "True Lies"
Books written by Hemingway in Key West include "A Farewell to Arms," "To Have and Have Not" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
Well-known residents have included:
· John James Audubon, naturalist
· Ernest Hemingway, writer
· Gloria Swanson, actress
· David Maurice Robinson, basketball player
· Stepin Fetchit, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Historic sites and museums: Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site, Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Audubon house, Oldest House Museum, Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
Colleges and universities: Florida Keys Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 553
Quotes:
The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea was merely a place by which she walked to sing.
-- The Idea of Order at Key West
Wallace Stevens

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Key West residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Key West ancestry & family history guide.

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Recommendations: Evenings at Mallory Square, where the people are as scenic as the sunset

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Key West was $26,316, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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27% of Key West residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Key West include Key West Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Key West, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $822.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,658.


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Libraries in Key West include Monroe County Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Key West include Key West Citizen

TV stations in Key West include WDLP, WGEN.

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Monroe County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Key West political report.

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The average commute time for Key West workers is 13 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Key West between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Key West include 1800 Atlantic Condominiums, Alexander Palms Court, Almond Tree Inn, Ambrosia Key West, Atlantic Shores Resort, Beach Villas, Best Western, Best Western, Budget Key West, Casa Marina Resort ... More hotels.

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“ The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea was merely a place by which she walked to sing. ”
~ The Idea of Order at Key West
Wallace Stevens

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