Islamorada (also sometimes Islas Morada) is an incorporated village in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It is located directly between Miami and Key West on five islands—Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key and Plantation Key—in the Florida Keys.
The name Islamorada (), "purple island," came from early Spanish explorers in the area.
Islamorada was the location of one of the stations of the Overseas Railroad.
Islamorada was hit almost directly by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, causing 423 deaths. A memorial, including the ashes of over 300 victims, exists today at Overseas Highway mile marker 82.
Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams began visiting Islamorada in 1943 and for the next 45 years was the island's most well-known resident. After his retirement from baseball he became the national spokesman for Sears sporting goods, and became renowned for his abilities as a fisherman. Over the decades, he hosted numerous celebrities at his Islamorada house and took them on local fishing trips.
The village was incorporated on November 4, 1997. Prior to this date, "Islamorada" referred to the evolving community island of Upper Matecumbe Key.
At the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 6,119.
Islamorada is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of , of which is land and (1.93%) is water.
Islamorada is located approximately 1.5 hours driving time south of Miami and approximately 2 hours driving time northeast of Key West.
Islamorada is located approximately 19 nautical miles southwest of John Pennekamp Coral Reef.
With its position between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Islamorada is on migration routes for many large fish species. Therefore, Islamorada is informally known as the Sportfishing Capital of the World.
Islamorada has a tropical savanna climate (Aw), similar to the rest of the Florida Keys.
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,107 people, 2,792 households, and 1,731 families residing in the village.
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,119 people, 2,882 households, and 1,673 families residing in the village. The population density was 838.2 inhabitants per square mile (325.4/km2). There were 5,692 housing units at an average density of 767.7 per square mile (296.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.54% White, 0.72% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.63% of the population.
There were 2,882 households, out of which 17.04% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.13% were married couples living together, 5.76% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.95% were non-families. 31.78% of all households were made up of individuals, and 33.24% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.57.
In the village, the population was spread out, with 13.86% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 35.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 112.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $41,522, and the median income for a family was $56,118. Males had a median income of $31,339 versus $25,670 for females. The per capita income for the village was $29,519. 6.9% of the population and 3.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.0% are under the age of 18 and 4.5% are 65 or older.
Official neighborhoods within the village are:
Residents are zoned to schools in the Monroe County School District.
The History of Diving Museum opened in 2005. It has featured exhibits about Diving With a Purpose and the USS Spiegel Grove, now an artificial reef.
In popular culture
Much of the action in the Netflix series Bloodline takes place in and around Islamorada:
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