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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+
Key West is a town in Florida with a population of 25,316. Key West is in Monroe County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Key West offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Key West there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Key West and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Key West are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$535,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,707
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    273.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    54.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    390.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,270.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    292
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    18%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Key West

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,052
National
$55,322
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Key west is definitely not family friendly and more for partying. All though it is really pretty coming here with family is not the best idea. All restaurants have the same thing and not much verity with food. A lot of the stores have inappropriate messages and not for children to see. Coming here with friends is a better idea then bringing family. This is a lot of fun dancing around and partying with friends. The nightlife is thriving all night when you come. The hotels and resorts that I have been to are nice quality. They are definitely relaxing. If you want to come here for a full on resort with many places to go here might not be the best. I stayed at Ocean Edge and there were only pools. The rooms are very nice though. I hope this review helped you!
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Key West is a beautiful place to live, with amazing weather year-round. The community is tightly knit, and yet very culturally diverse. Living expenses are a bit high, and roads are often busy, but overall, life here in the Keys is a blast!
I loved Key West! It's the only Caribbean island in the United States; the weather is almost always perfection and it's absolutely beautiful. There is a lot of bike riding, roller blading, jogging and walking because of the inspiring ocean views. There's virtually no crime either, so that's a huge plus. The only drawback is the cost of living. It's 300k+ for a house and almost 2k per month for an apartment. Crazy! It's great if you can afford it or if you're popping in for a visit, though. I recommend flying into Miami and driving down through all the Keys. The view is incredible!