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Monroe County, Florida

Monroe County is a county located in the U.S. State of Florida. As of 2000, the population is 79,589. Its county seat is Key West, Florida6.

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History Monroe County was created in 1823. It was named for James Monroe, fifth President of the United States of America, who served from 1817 to 1825.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,679 km² (3,737 mi²). 2,582 km² (997 mi²) of it is land and 7,097 km² (2,740 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 73.32% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 79,589 people, 35,086 households, and 20,384 families residing in the county. The population density is 31/km² (80/mi²). There are 51,617 housing units at an average density of 20/km² (52/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 90.65% White, 4.77% 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 are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 35,086 households out of which 20.80% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.80% are married couples living together, 7.30% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.90% are non-families. 28.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.23 and the average family size is 2.73.

In the county the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 113.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 114.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $42,283, and the median income for a family is $50,734. Males have a median income of $31,266 versus $25,709 for females. The per capita income for the county is $26,102. 10.20% of the population and 6.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.80% are under the age of 18 and 8.80% are 65 or older.

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