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Key West Facts

ey West had a 1990 population of 24,832 year-around inhabitants. This was a slight increase (450 persons) since 1980. In addition to the permanent residents, the City was also home to an estimated 12,887 more seasonal visitors, including 1,628 living in the community three to five months per year, and 11,259 staying less than three months. This meant that on an average day the number of persons in Key West swelled to 37,539. By 1999, the City had an estimated permanent population of 27,698 in addition to 18,630 tourist/visitors, for a total daily population of just over 46,000.

Characteristics of the population are available only on the permanent residents as of 1990. The median age of the local citizens was 33.7 years, in contrast to the Florida average of 36.5 years. About 7 percent of the City's population was of pre-school age (0 to 5), 13 percent of school age (5 to 18), 68 percent of working age (18 to 65), and 12 percent of retirement age (65 and above). The age groupings of the local residents have changed very little between 1980 and 1990. Of the full-time residents, 72 percent were white (non-Hispanic), 10 percent were black (non-Hispanic), less than one percent were of all other races (non-Hispanic), and 16 percent were of Hispanic origin (of any race). Key West also has a large and diverse gay and lesbian population. One characteristic of the local population is great mobility. Almost two-thirds of the 1990 inhabitants didn't live in the same dwelling five years previously, and only an estimated 20 percent of residents lived in the same dwelling over 15 years.

Key West Planning Department, 2000

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