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County Information
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
As of 2000, the population was 79,589. The U.S. Census Bureau 2006 estimate for the county was 74,737.

Monroe County includes the islands of the Florida Keys. Its county seat is Key West. The Key West Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Monroe County.

Cities in Monroe County include Big Coppitt Key, Big Pine Key, Cudjoe Key, Islamorada, Key Colony Beach, Key Largo, Key West, Layton, Marathon, North Key Largo, Plantation Key, Sugarloaf Key, Stock Island and Tavernier.

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  County Demographics  
 
 
     
 
 
  As of the census of 2000, there were 79,589 people, 35,086 households, and 20,384 families residing in the county. The population density was 80 people per square mile (31/km). There were 51,617 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km). The racial makeup of the county was 90.65% White, 4.77% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.55% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. 15.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2005 Monroe County had a population that was 75.1% non-Hispanic white, 17.7% Latino, 5.4% African-American and 1.1% Asian.[5] In 2000 there were 35,086 households out of which 20.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.80% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.90% were non-families. 28.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the county the population was spread out with 17.10% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 30.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 113.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,283, and the median income for a family was $50,734. Males had a median income of $31,266 versus $25,709 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,102. About 6.80% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.80% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
  County History  
 
 
     
 
 
  Monroe County was created in 1823. It was named for James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, who served from 1817 to 1825.

 

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
     
 
 
 

 

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