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Layton, Florida

Layton, Florida
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].

A Miami grocery couple, Mary and Del Layton, had ridden the train throughout the Keys before the hurricane. After World War II, they purchased a portion of Grassy Key, but Del really had his heart set on Long Key. It wasn't long before 40 acres on Long Key became available. As he approached age 40, he took the 40 acres. From then on, it was less-and-less of Miami and more-and-more of Long Key for the Laytons.

With surplus Army barracks bought from Camp Blanding and the help of a friend, Del set up the Long Key Construction Company in 1946. First it was a fishing camp, then cabins and a restaurant, followed by more acreage. All were to be become "Layton's Long Key Fishing Camp." Layton was incorporated on September 18, 1963. The Long Key Fishing Club was reactivated on July 22, 1969. An excellent, comprehensive description of Layton was written by its builder. The title is Pioneer in the Keys, and is available in most libraries.

The thousand-acre Long Key State Park was dedicated October 1, 1969.

Layton is located at 24°49′36″N, 80°48′50″W (24.826669, -80.814006)GR1.

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 censusGR2 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.

There were 84 households out of which 15.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 1.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the city the population was spread out with 11.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 39.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,750, and the median income for a family was $73,750. Males had a median income of $29,896 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,773. About 11.7% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 21.4% of those sixty five or over.

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