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Marathon is popularly referred to
as the "Heart of the Florida Keys." There are many affordable
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Additionally, because Marathon caters primarily to families,
there are many Marathon private homes that can also be rented,
completely furnished and ready to enjoy.
Marathon is a city located on Knight's Key, Boot Key, Key Vaca, Fat Deer Key, Long Point Key, Crawl Key and Grassy Key islands in the middle Florida Keys, in Monroe County, Florida, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 10,255. As of 2005, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 10,626.
If you have come a ways down US 1 having visited Islamorada, you should go just a bit further. Marathon, FL is home to some of the world's best sport fishing, diving, snorkeling, wedding destinations, and seafood dining festivals!
Marathon is the proud to host only Original Seafood Festival every March. People come from all around the county and world to enjoy fresh seafood and to liosten to live music for 2 full days!
You will discover all types of accommodations to meet your needs and budgets, whether you prefer luxury resorts with 5-star dining or casual hotels on the ocean that are both affordable and budget friendly... Marathon will have something to satisfy your needs!
In Marathon you will feel relaxed while enjoying great hospitality. Marathon is also a family designed destination with many attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as the Dolphin Research Center, Pigeon Key Island, and Crane Point Hammock.
Plus, there are exciting water sports to enjoy like parasailing, snorkeling, deep sea or reef fishing trips, boating, jet skis!
Fresh seafood and great times await. Don't delay, come visit Marathon today!
Marathon is located at 24°43′35″N, 81°2′25″W (24.726310, -81.040327).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.0 km² (9.6 mi²). 22.4 km² (8.6 mi²) of it is land and 2.6 km² (1.0 mi²) of it (10.37%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,255 people, 4,597 households, and 2,735 families residing in the city. The population density was 457.7/km² (1,186.1/mi²). There were 6,791 housing units at an average density of 303.1/km² (785.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.09% White, 4.65% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.00% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.43% of the population.
There were 4,597 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.68.
In the city the population was spread out with 17.3% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 110.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,010, and the median income for a family was $46,361. Males had a median income of $27,057 versus $24,592 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,894. About 9.4% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.
Though Marathon has been settled for years, it is a relatively new city, incorporated in 1999. The city set its boundaries "from the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge to the west end of Tom's Harbor Bridge".
Included in the islands found within the city limits Marathon are Boot Key, Knight Key, Hog Key, Vaca Key, Stirrup Key, Crawl Key, Little Crawl Key, East and West Sister’s Island, Deer Key, Fat Deer Key, Long Point Key, and Grassy Key.
The name Marathon dates back to the origins of the Florida East Coast Railroad. The name came about by the many railroad workers who were working day and night to complete the railway project. Due to the unrelenting pace and struggle to complete the task, many of the workers complained that "this job is getting to be a real Marathon", and was later used to name the local station along the railway.