Big Pine and The Lower Keys Information Vacation Guide
Big Pine Geography
Big Pine Key is located just below Marathon at 24°41′10″N, 81°21′40″W (24.686170, -81.360988).
U.S. Route 1 (or the Overseas Highway) crosses the key at mile markers 29.5--33.
BAsed on the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 25.8 km² (9.9 mi²). 25.3 km² (9.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (1.81%) is water.
The Big Pine Key island is home to the famous Key Deer population. Many precautions are taken to preserve as much Key Deer habitat as possible.
A former abandoned oil well is located at the dead end of Long Beach Road. An old shark processing plant is found on the east side of the key, north of U.S. Route 1 called the Overseas Highway.
Big Pine is a great place for weddingsfishing, boating, diving, scuba and snorkeling.
Big Pine Demographics
As of the census of 2000, 5,032 people, 2,247 households, and 1,420 families were residing in the CDP. The overall population density was 198.9/km² (515.3/mi²). There were 3,153 housing units at an average density of 124.6/km² (322.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.83% White, 1.09% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.72% of the population.
There were 2,247 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 6.8% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The real estate average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.63.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 16.8% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 33.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 110.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.6 males.
The median families income for a household in the CDP was $44,514, and the median income for a family was $47,639. Males had a median income of $31,552 versus $28,021 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,169. About 5.6% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of children under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.
Big Pine Shopping, Dining and Commerce
The primary super market grocery store is the Winn-Dixie, located in a convenient shopping center just north of US-1. This same shopping center also contains a Chinese restaurant, a Beall's Outlet, the visitor's center for the Key Deer Refuge, plus a branch of the Monroe County Library (with WiFi internet access). A new CVS pharmacy is located along US-1, and has a good selection of just about anything a visitor and local could need. A small hardware store in this same area sells typical paints, hardware, tools and all other goods needed to build/repair items around the home. They also carry a limited selection of parts for boat repair. So feel free to bring your boat!
Several bars and restaurants are available along US-1, the main road to Key West Florida and the world famous No Name Pub is located near the bridge to No Name Key in the North East part of the island. The nearest major city is Marathon which is not far from Islamorada, approximately 23 miles (37km) "north" on US-1 on the other side of the seven mile bridge. Key West, a major shopping and cultural hub for the overall area, is about 30 miles (48 km) "south" on US-1.
Vacation accommodations are limited in Big Pine, though RV/camping and a limited number of motel units are also available and so are deals at the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge on the far Southeast side of the island for families looking for adventure but on a budget .