is the City's primary generator of local economic activity. In 1996, the
City received an estimated 1.3 million annual visitors, including 274,000
airport deplanements; 427,000 cruise ship passengers; and 637,000
automobile passengers. Approximately 66 percent of the economic base
(employment) in the city is directly or indirectly tied to tourism.
two of every three jobs in Key West in 1990 were in either the retail
trade or service sectors. Almost half of all retail trade positions were
in eating and drinking establishments, and the professional and related
category accounted for half of all service positions. The economic base of
the City, in comparison to state-wide averages, is very high in retail
trade and public administration employment and equally low in the
manufacturing and wholesale trade sectors.
median household income in the community in 1990 was $28,121. This was
slightly higher than the state average of $27,483.
10 percent of Key West residents had incomes below the poverty line.
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