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Destin, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Destin had a population of 13,253 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Destin is located at latitude 30.3928 and longitude -86.4695 in Okaloosa County. The formal boundaries for the City of Destin (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.69 sq. miles and a water area of 0.78 sq. miles. Okaloosa County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 26 feet.

The City of Destin (GNIS ID: 2404223) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Florida is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Destin is located within Fort Walton Beach CCD of Okaloosa County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Destin population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Destin: Dester.

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Destin, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 13,253
Population in Households 13,134
Population in Familes 9,470
Population in Group Qrtrs 119
Population Density1 1,723
Diversity Index2 36


Total Households 5,679
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 3,375
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,501 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,310 (22.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,369 (16.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 8,822 (60.8%)
Median Home Value $296,123
Average Home Value $421,074


Median Household Income $64,937
Average Household Income $95,918
Per Capita Income $41,564
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.19% 1.18%
Households 1.13% 1.16%
Families 0.92% 1.03%
Median Household Income   2.93%
Per Capita Income   2.15%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Destin, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Destin to the other 919 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 261 72nd
Population Density1 # 427 54th
Diversity Index2 # 579 37th
Median Household Income # 151 84th
Per Capita Income # 121 87th

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