About NAS Key West, FL
Situated on Boca Chica Key in Monroe County, Florida, Naval Air Station Key West supports readiness and operational requirements for allied forces, federal agencies, National Guard units, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. The NAS Key West community includes retirees, foreign dignitaries, civilian employees, Coast Guard, Army and Air Force as well as Marines and Navy.
The cost of living in Key West is roughly 20 percent higher than the national average, and the economy and jobs are primarily tourism-based. The area population is roughly 23,000, with employment types split mostly between food service, retail and social services. The median family income is $50,000, as of 2016.
Naval Officer Matthew C. Perry placed an American flag in the Keys in 1822, which was part of the United States' proactive measures against piracy in the area. The United States established a Naval base in the Keys in 1823. The current base is 95 miles north of Cuba and only a three-hour drive from Miami.