Facts about Monroe County, Florida
Monroe County is a county in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 73,090. Its county seat is Key West. Monroe County includes the islands of the Florida Keys and comprises the Key West Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Although 87% of the county's land area is on the mainland, that region is part of the Everglades and is virtually uninhabited with only 60 people in total. Over 99% of the county's population lives on the Florida Keys.
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.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,738 square miles (9,680 km²), of which 983 square miles (2,550 km²) is land and 2,754 square miles (7,130 km²) (73.7%) is water. It is the largest county in Florida by total area.
More than 99 percent of the Monroe County population lives in the island chain known as the Florida Keys.
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/km²). There were 51,617 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km²). 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.
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