Key West

A majestic location with incomparable sunsets and private living.

Overview for Key West, FL

26,776 people live in Key West, where the median age is 44.2 and the average individual income is $51,786. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

44.2 years

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Welcome to Key West

Key West has an important place in American history. Famous artists, politicians, and musicians have called Key West home, and it is one of the most unique cities in the country. As the southernmost point in the United States, residents and visitors gather on Mallory Square to bask in the pristine sunsets that bathe this westernmost island in red, blue, and orange hues. Key West is also home to some of the best nightlife in the State of Florida. Bars, live music venues, and nightclubs all cater to the crowds who want to have fun and participate in island life. 
Key West has the best of both worlds with an active nightlife and private, remote living. Located only 90 miles from Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas, it features a remote environment that provides it with a festive and celebratory atmosphere. Residents enjoy some of the most beautiful residential streets and neighborhoods in the United States. Key West's real estate landscape boast various architectural styles make it a unique and distinctive community. Key West was long regarded as a haven for artists and creative professionals before it became more developed in the mid-twentieth century. Rum smugglers also used Key West as a strategic point during Prohibition. 

What to Love


Local Lifestyle 

Key West has a reputation as a welcoming and festive place to reside. Residents enjoy an invigorating lifestyle, private and free from restrictions. The nightlife is impressive, and many parades occur throughout the year that focuses on different causes and groups. The city has an energy and remoteness that provides it with an intoxicating inspirational atmosphere. Artists had long found this characteristic of Key West conducive to their creative work. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Key West is brimming with excellent restaurants, exciting nightlife, and some of the best shopping in the Florida Keys. Located in the historic Bahama Village, Blue Heaven serves Caribbean-inspired dishes such as jerk chicken, pan-sauteed yellowtail with citrus beurre blanc, and some of the best key lime pie around. With live music, indoor and outdoor dining, and eclectic art strung up everywhere, this is island dining at its most unique. Make sure to also visit Captain Tony’s Saloon, the “Oldest Bar in Florida.” Originally built in 1851 as an icehouse (and morgue) and named after a former Mayor of Key West (as well as a fishing boat captain, casino operator, and gunrunner), this historical saloon was a favorite watering hole of literary heavyweights like Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and Tennesee Williams. 
When it comes to great shopping, nightlife, and sightseeing, you can’t beat the famed Duval Street. This 1.25-mile stretch is one of the few places in the world where two bodies of water meet: to the north is the Gulf of Mexico, while in the south is the Atlantic Ocean. With more than 100 bars⁠—including Sloppy Joe’s, Green Parrot Bar, and Irish Kevin’s—and renowned festivals like Hemingway Days, Poker Run, and Fantasy Fest, it’s no wonder why Duval Street is so popular with locals and tourists alike.

Things to Do 

Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum and see where one of the greatest writers lived for part of his life. You can see the house of the wordsmith who created such notable works as A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rise, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Also, residents can explore the Harry S. Truman Little White House used by many American presidents. Also, Mallory Square is one of the best places in Key West to watch the sunset and bask in the festive atmosphere always present on the island. 
Want even more of a getaway from this island paradise? Book a weekend at Sunset Key Cottages, where bougainvillea and orchid-nestled cottages, refined dining at Latitudes Restaurant, luxurious treatments at the Spa on Sunset Keys, and incredible sunset views abound on this exclusive 27-acre island just 500 yards off Key West. 


Schools in Key West are served by the Monroe County School District

Demographics and Employment Data for Key West, FL

Key West has 11,002 households, with an average household size of 2.32. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Key West do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 26,776 people call Key West home. The population density is 4,781.97 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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52.99 / 47.01%

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