Big Pine Key, Florida

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Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 5,032.



Big Pine Key is located at 24°41′10″N 81°21′40″W / 24.68611°N 81.36111°W / 24.68611; -81.36111 (24.686170, -81.360988)[3].

U.S. 1 (or the Overseas Highway) crosses the key at mile markers 29.5—33.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 25.8 km² (9.9 mi²). 25.3 km² (9.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (1.81%) is water.

The Big Pine Key island is home to the Key Deer population. Precautions are taken to preserve as much Key Deer habitat as possible.

A former oil well is located at the dead end of Long Beach Road. A former shark processing plant is located on the east side of the key, north of U.S. 1 (or the Overseas Highway).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,032 people, 2,247 households, and 1,420 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 198.9/km² (515.3/mi²). There were 3,153 housing units at an average density of 124.6/km² (322.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.83% White, 1.09% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.72% of the population.

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