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Monroe County, Florida
Monroe county, Florida is home of the Florida Keys. It includes the islands of the Florida Keys. The county seat is Key West, famously known as Florida's southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Over 99% of the county's population lives on the Florida Keys. The famous writer Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West in the 1930's. Fishing and tourism is a large economic activity in Monroe County with 54% of the people in the county working in the tourism industry. Monroe County continues to attract new residents and it's a good time to buy land in this west coast area of Florida.
The unemployment rate in Monroe County is 2.9% (U.S. avg. is 3.9%). Recent job growth is positive. Monroe County jobs have decreased by 7.2%.
Cost of Living
Compared to the rest of the country, Monroe County's cost of living is 47.2% higher than the U.S. average.
Weather & Climate
January, February and December are the most pleasant months in Monroe County, while August and July are the least comfortable months..
Monroe County's population is 76,745 people. Since 2010, it has had a population growth of 5.0%.
Monroe County public schools spend $12,576 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 15.3 students per teacher in Monroe County.
The median home cost in Monroe County is $565,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 11.8%.