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Cudjoe Key, Florida

Cudjoe Key, Florida
Cudjoe Key is a census-designated place and town in Monroe County, Florida, on an island of the same name in the lower Florida Keys. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,695.

It was originally called Littleton Island.

It has a U.S. Army missile tracking station built during the Cuban missile crisis In 1960. The station flies a white radar aerostat, known locally as "Fat Albert," that runs a drug interdiction mission for the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Possibly named for the Joewood tree (Jacquinia keyensis Mez), a native species which is also known as cudjoewood. A more likely derivation for the name is offered by writer John Viele of Summerland Key. He believes that Cudjoe, which is a very common West African name, was the name of a runaway or freed black who lived on the island at some point prior to Gerdes' survey in 1849.[1]

Cudjoe Key is located at 24°39′51″N, 81°28′56″W (24.664298, -81.482339)GR1.

U.S. Route 1 (or the Overseas Highway) crosses the key at approximately mile markers 20.5--23, between Summerland Key and Sugarloaf Key.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 14.6 km² (5.6 mi²). 13.6 km² (5.2 mi²) of it is land and 1.0 km² (0.4 mi²) of it (6.93%) is water.

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 1,695 people, 799 households, and 541 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 124.9/km² (323.6/mi²). There were 1,482 housing units at an average density of 109.2/km² (282.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.22% White, 0.88% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.71% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.66% of the population.

There were 799 households out of which 15.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.43.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 12.2% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 38.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 108.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $57,500, and the median income for a family was $59,883. Males had a median income of $36,094 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,085. About 4.4% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

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