Layton, Florida

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Layton is a city on the island of Long Key in Monroe County, Florida, United States. The population was 186 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 204 [1].


History of Layton

In the late 19th century, Long Key was used as a coconut plantation. By 1910, Layton was becoming famous as a fishing destination, thanks in part to promotion by sports writer Zane Grey. However, the developing tourist infrastructure on Long Key was largely destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.

After World War II, Mary and Del Layton, who ran a grocery business in Miami, bought 40 acres (160,000 m2) on Long Key and started developing the property as "Layton's Long Key Fishing Camp", which grew substantially over the succeeding years.

Layton was incorporated as a town on September 18, 1963. The land that would become Long Key State Park was acquired between 1961 and 1973; the park opened on October 1, 1969.


Layton is located at 24°49′36″N 80°48′50″W / 24.826669°N 80.814006°W / 24.826669; -80.814006.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 km2 (0.2 mi2). 0.6 km2 (0.2 mi2) of it is land and 0.1 km2 (0.04 mi2) of it (12.50%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 186 people, 84 households, and 50 families residing in the city. The population density was 326.4/km2 (860.0/mi2). There were 165 housing units at an average density of 289.6/km2 (762.9/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.92% White, 0.54% African American and 0.54% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.15% of the population.

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