Quick Facts:

  • Monroe County was founded in 1823 and named after President James Monroe, who served from 1817 to 1825.
  • Key West, the county seat, has a storied history and is the home of the southernmost point of the continental United States.
  • In 2010 the County had a population of 73,090 people
  • Monroe County is over 3700 square miles, mostly water (73%), and is made up of the Florida Keys and portions of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Reserve.
  • More than 99% of the county’s population lives on the Florida Keys, which at over 220 miles in length, are at no point more than four miles from the water.