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T
ourism 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.

About 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.

The median household income in the community in 1990 was $28,121. This was slightly higher than the state average of $27,483.

About 10 percent of Key West residents had incomes below the poverty line.

Key West Planning Department, 2000

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