Key West

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Key West (Spanish: Cayo Hueso) is an island in the Straits of Florida, within the U.S. state of Florida. Together with all or parts of the separate islands of Dredgers Key, Fleming Key, Sunset Key, and the northern part of Stock Island, it constitutes the City of Key West.

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Key West
Key West from space, October 2002
Coordinates24°33′55″N 81°46′33″W[1]
ArchipelagoFlorida Keys
Area4.2 sq mi (11 km2)
Length4 mi (6 km)
Width1 mi (2 km)
Highest elevation18 ft (5.5 m)
Highest pointSolares Hill, 18 ft (5.5 m) above sea level
Aerial photo of Key West, looking north, April 2001
Aerial photo of Key West, looking north, April 2001
Flag of Key West, Florida
Official seal of Key West, Florida
"The Conch Republic", "Southernmost City in the Continental United States"
One Human Family
Location in Monroe County and the state of Florida
Location in Monroe County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Key West is located in Florida
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Key West
Location of Key West in Florida
Key West is located in the United States
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Key West (the United States)
Coordinates: 24°33′18″N 81°46′55″W[1]
CountryFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
StateFlag_of_Florida.svg Florida
  MayorTeri Johnston
  Total7.21 sq mi (18.67 km2)
  Land5.60 sq mi (14.50 km2)
  Water1.61 sq mi (4.17 km2)
5 ft (2 m)
  Density4,722.99/sq mi (1,823.44/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
33040, 33041, 33045
Area codes305 and 786
FIPS code12-36550[4]
GNIS feature ID0294048[5]

The island of Key West is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) long and 1 mile (2 km) wide, with a total land area of 4.2 square miles (11 km2).[6] It lies at the southernmost end of U.S. Route 1, the longest north–south road in the United States. Key West is about 95 miles (153 km) north of Cuba at their closest points.[7][8] It is also 130 miles (210 km) southwest of Miami by air, about 165 miles (266 km) by road,[9] and 106 miles (171 km) north-northeast of Havana.[7]

The city of Key West is the county seat of Monroe County, which includes a majority of the Florida Keys and part of the Everglades.[10][11] The total land area of the city is 5.6 square miles (14.5 km2).[12] The population within the city limits was 26,444 at the 2020 census.[3] The official city motto is "One Human Family".

Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States and the westernmost island connected by highway in the Florida Keys. Duval Street, its main street, is 1.1 miles (1.8 km) in length in its 14-block-long crossing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Straits of Florida and the Atlantic Ocean. Key West is the southern terminus of U.S. Route 1, State Road A1A, the East Coast Greenway and, before 1935, the Florida East Coast Railway. Key West is a port of call for many passenger cruise ships.[13] The Key West International Airport provides airline service. Naval Air Station Key West is an important year-round training site for naval aviation due to the tropical weather, which is also the reason Key West was chosen as the site of President Harry S. Truman's Winter White House. The central business district is located along Duval Street and includes much of the northwestern corner of the island.