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LIVING IN ISLAMORADA
Islamorada is a somewhat small coastal village (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 6,500 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Islamorada is the 251st largest community in Florida.
Islamorada home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Islamorada real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Islamorada is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Islamorada is a village of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Islamorada who work in sales jobs (16.82%), management occupations (12.42%), and office and administrative support (9.39%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.98% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another notable thing is that Islamorada is a major vacation destination. Much of the village’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Islamorada’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
It is a fairly quiet village because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can’t help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Islamorada has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Islamorada has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Islamorada than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Islamorada may be for you.
One of the nice things about Islamorada is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One of the benefits of Islamorada is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.42 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The citizens of Islamorada are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.10% of adults in Islamorada have a bachelor’s degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Islamorada in 2010 was $47,963, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $191,852 for a family of four. However, Islamorada contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Islamorada is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Islamorada home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Islamorada residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Islamorada also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.91% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Islamorada include Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Islamorada is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.