Key West, Florida Population 2018

Key West is a city located in the state of Florida. This island city serves as the seat of Monroe County. According to recent estimates, Key West has a population of 26,990 people that live within its boundaries, which include the island of Key West, part of Stock Island and other nearby islands. This city is a popular tourist destination and is known for its stunning beaches and many points of interest.

Key West History

The island of Key West was first inhabited by the Calusa tribe. It was first discovered by the Europeans in 1521. When Florida came under the control of Spain, a fishing village was established.

Great Britain gained control of the state in 1763 and the Spanish and Native American inhabitants were moved to Havana, Cuba. Though the Spanish regained control 20 years later, the city was not officially resettled. It simply became a place for the Cuban and British to use for fishing.

It was in 1815 when the governor of Cuba deeded the island to Juan Pablo Salas. When the state was sold to the U.S. six years later, Salas sold the island. In fact, he sold it twice, and the two men moved quickly to beat each other at securing the rights to the island. The island went to businessman John Simonton, who subdivided the island.

Throughout the 1800s, the city began to grow and was the richest city per capta in the country. A naval base was also constructed, which left the island in the hands of the Union during the Civil War. Major industries during this time were salvaging, fishing and salt manufacturing. Salt production halted during the Civil War but resumed at the end of the war until the industry was affected by a hurricane and never recovered.

By the end of the 19th century, Key West was the wealthiest and largest city in the state. At the beginning of the 20th century, the island was connected to the mainland in 1912 via the Overseas Railroad. The Overseas Highway was built in the 1930s which encouraged further growth. Pan American Airlines was also founded during the early 20th century.

In recent years, the city has continued to expand with the addition of shopping centers, malls, schools, and an airport. The city is a popular tourist destination and is a port of call for many cruise lines. The Naval Air Station Key West remains in business and is a training center for naval aviation.

Key West Demographics

Key West’s population is estimated to be 26,990, which shows some growth since the 2010 population of 24,649 people. The city’s total area is over 7 square miles and has a population density of over 4,819 people per square mile.

Almost 85% of the population is white, over 9% is black, over 1% is Asian and over 16% are Hispanic or Latino. Residents that are 25 to 44 make up the largest age group, accounting for over 37% of the population. Sixteen percent of residents are under 18, while 11.7% are at least 65 years old. There are more males than females, with 122.3 men for every 100 women. Just over 10% of the population lives below the federal poverty line. Over three-quarters of the population speak English, while over 17% speak Spanish. Other languages spoken in Key West include French, German and Italian.

Key West Population Growth

Key West has seen its share of highs and lows when it comes to its population. The city reached over 18,000 residents in 1890 before dropping by over 5%. The population began to grow again before dropping again in 1920 and 1930. This pattern has continued, with the population reaching its peak in 1960. While the population was down again in 2010, recent data show that it is on the rise again, growing 9.5% since the 2010 census.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201725,208-169-0.67%
201625,377-23-0.09%
201525,400550.22%
201425,3451020.40%
201325,2433031.21%
201224,9401480.60%
201124,7921220.49%
201024,670-808-3.17%
200025,4786462.60%
199024,8324501.85%
198024,382-4,930-16.82%
197029,312-4,644-13.68%
196033,9567,52328.46%
195026,43313,506104.48%
194012,927960.75%
193012,831-5,918-31.56%
192018,749-1,196-6.00%
191019,9452,83116.54%
190017,114-966-5.34%
189018,0808,19082.81%
18809,8904,87497.17%
18705,0162,18477.12%
18602,8320.00%

Key West Population in 2018Source: By Tore S�tre [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White21,971
Black or African American3,018
Two or More Races399
Asian338
Some Other Race209
American Indian and Alaska Native104
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Key West Population Pyramid 2018

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Key West Median Age

40.6


Total

39.8


Male

41.3


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 21,099 adults in Key West.

Key West Age Dependency

43

Age Dependency Ratio

19.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Key West Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
4.2
Houses Without Mortgage
1,643
Houses With Mortgage
2,290
Vacancy Rate
30.5
Median Rent
1,627
Median Home Value
474,100
Renter-Occupied Units
5,720
Owner-Occupied Units
3,933
Total Housing Units
13,888

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Key West for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3.7% and the labor force participation rate is 70.7%.

Key West Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.56
Average Family Size
3.34
Total Households
9653
Married Couple Households
3797
Male Householder (no wife) Families
402
Female Householder (no husband) Families
761
Non Family Households
4693
Total Families
4960
Households With Own Children
1746
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
7.4
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
2.4

Key West Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
662
$10,000 to $14,999
442
$15,000 to $24,999
775
$25,000 to $34,999
991
$35,000 to $49,999
1,147
$50,000 to $74,999
1,903
$75,000 to $99,999
1,380
$100,000 to $149,999
1,273
$150,000 to $199,999
575
Over $200,000
505

Key West Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Key West

Florida

$58,494

$48,900

$76,707

$69,936

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Key West Education Data

Key West Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
1,1415.85%
9th to 12th Grade
8304.25%
High School Graduate
5,59228.66%
Some College
4,09020.96%
Associates Degree
1,7308.87%
Bachelors Degree
3,77819.36%
Graduate Degree
2,34912.04%