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There are sixty-seven counties in the state of Florida. In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today. Its last county was created in 1925 with the formation of Gilchrist County from a segment of Alachua County.

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Monroe County, Florida

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Monroe County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 73,090. Monroe County was created on July 3, 1823 from Saint Johns County. The county seat is Key West. This county is named for James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President of the United States.

Monroe County comprises the Key West, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Monroe County Name

This county is named for James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President of the United States.

Demographics:

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Monroe County History

Monroe County was created in 1823.  The county is named for James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, who served from 1817 to 1825.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,737 square miles (9,679 km2), 997 square miles (2,582 km2) of which is land and 2,740 square miles (7,097 km2) of which (73.32%) is water.

 Monroe county is located in south Florida. The county includes the islands of the Florida Keys. Amid the south coast of Florida's mainland and the Florida Keys is Florida Bay, which is protected by the Everglades National Park and contains many keys.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Collier County
  • East: Miami-Dade County
  • South: Florida Bay
  • West: Gulf of Mexico

Education

Monroe County School District serves the county.

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