Key West, Florida Population 2022

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Key West is a city located in Monroe County Florida. It is also the county seat of Monroe County. With a 2020 population of 26,804, it is the 156th largest city in Florida and the 1711th largest city in the United States. Key West is currently growing at a rate of 0.68% annually and its population has increased by 1.36% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 26,444 in 2020. Spanning over 7 miles, Key West has a population density of 4,795 people per square mile.

The average household income in Key West is $98,784 with a poverty rate of 10.78%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Key West is 40.9 years, 41.3 years for males, and 40.5 years for females.

Key West includes 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 Population and Diversity

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 community began to grow again before declining again in 1920 and 1930. This pattern has continued, with the population reaching its peak in 1960. While the population was down in 2010, recent data show that it is on the rise again, growing 9.5% since the 2010 census.

The Calusa tribe first inhabited the island of Key West. The Europeans first discovered it 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 only 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. 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 wealthiest city per capita, in the country. A naval base was constructed, leaving 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Key Westwas:

  • White: 78.55%
  • Black or African American: 13.38%
  • Other race: 3.40%
  • Two or more races: 2.60%
  • Asian: 1.76%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Key West, Florida is 26,804 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 26,444.

Key West, Florida Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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There are 20,969 adults, (4,387 of whom are seniors) in Key West.

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 97.83%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 46.99%.

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76.35% of Key West residents speak only English, while 23.65% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.03% of the population.

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The race most likely to be in poverty in Key West is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Key West is Multiple, with 6.19% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.80%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.86%.

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The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

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77.93% of Key West residents were born in the United States, with 25.84% having been born in Florida. 11.70% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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