Big Coppitt Key, Florida

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Big Coppitt Key is a census-designated place and an unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, on an island of the same name in the lower Florida Keys. The CDP also includes the neighboring islands of Geiger Key and Shark Key. As of the 2000 census, it had a total population of 2,595. The name is said to be a derivation of the old English word "coppice", meaning thicket. According to A.D. Bache, in the notes for his coast survey conducted in 1861, this key was the location of Happy Jack's plantation in 1855.[3]



Big Coppitt Key is located at 24°35′52″N 81°39′24″W / 24.59778°N 81.65667°W / 24.59778; -81.65667 (24.597677, -81.656546)[4].

U.S. 1 (or the Overseas Highway) crosses the key at approximately mile markers 9.5-11, between East Rockland Key and the Saddlebunch Keys.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 km² (1.5 mi²). 3.6 km² (1.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (6.80%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,595 people, 1,108 households, and 681 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 726.0/km² (1,885.2/mi²). There were 1,332 housing units at an average density of 372.7/km² (967.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.91% White, 1.08% African American, 0.81% Native American, 1.46% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.76% of the population.

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