A+ Key West Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Key West Cost of Living Cost of living is 43% higher than Florida
Key West
14242% more expensive than the US average
Florida
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Key West cost of living
D+ Key West Crime Total crime is 35% higher than Florida
Total crime
3,59139% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2839% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-16%Year over year crime is down
Key West crime
C Key West Employment Household income is 20% higher than Florida
Median household income
$58,4946% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$32,4289% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%20% lower than the US average
Key West employment
D Key West Housing Home value is 184% higher than Florida
Median home value
$474,100157% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,62771% higher than the US average
Home ownership
41%36% lower than the US average
Key West real estate or Key West rentals
D Key West Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Florida
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
44%11% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:15% higher than the US average
Key West K-12 schools or Key West colleges

Living in Key West, FL

Key West is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Florida. The city has a population of 26,039 inhabitants. Key West has a population density of 4,650 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 84% of Key West residents are White, 12% Black and 1% Asian. 77% of the people in Key West (over the age of 15) are married and 70% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Key West could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Florida if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, weather, you can easily compare the best places to live in Key West and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Key West to Florida and the national average.

Key West, FL receives 67/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #701 in Florida and #15,041 in the USA. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Key West scores well for amenities (A+) and weather (A). The bad news for Key West, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (D-), cost of living (F), education (D) and housing (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Key West on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Fury Water Adventures Key West, Duval Street, and Mallory Square.

Assuming that Key West meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Key West. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Key West are simply unattainable. The median home price for Key West homes is $474,100, which is 184.2% higher than the Florida average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Key West, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 8.1, which is 138.2% higher than the Florida average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Key West area were 10.9% and 5 year appreciation rates were 10.2%.

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      Sun, sand, ocean breezes, and a cold drink in your hand. Key West is everything you'd imagine and more. I've lived on this tropical island paradise for much of my life and not even a hurricane will tear me away.

      The Florida Keys may be in Florida but are not of Florida, connected to the mainland by the 113 mile Overseas Highway. It's isolation is Key West's sole drawback, or its greatest asset, but I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be trapped then these 4.2 square miles of fun, relaxation, and a cast of local characters unlike anywhere else.

      The weather is mild, balmy and warm, the sunshine broken only by the occasional thunderstorm. A rainy afternoon is the perfect time to hit up any of the festive bars and delicious restaurants lining world famous Duval Street. Whatever your interest, golf, shopping, swimming, or reading a book in a hammock, it's no more than 4 miles away on Key West.
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      Source: The Key West, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).