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Fort Walton Beach, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Walton Beach had a population of 20,793 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Fort Walton Beach is located at latitude 30.4243 and longitude -86.6194 in Okaloosa County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Walton Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.49 sq. miles and a water area of 0.79 sq. miles. Okaloosa County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 7 feet.

The City of Fort Walton Beach (GNIS ID: 2403650) 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 Fort Walton Beach is located within Fort Walton Beach CCD of Okaloosa County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fort Walton Beach 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 Fort Walton Beach: Camp Walton.

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Fort Walton Beach, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 20,793
Population in Households 20,523
Population in Familes 15,160
Population in Group Qrtrs 270
Population Density1 2,776
Diversity Index2 54


Total Households 8,975
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 5,214
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 10,319 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,938 (47.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,037 (39.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,344 (13.0%)
Median Home Value $176,912
Average Home Value $234,528


Median Household Income $44,812
Average Household Income $62,734
Per Capita Income $28,167
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.02% 1.31%
Households 1.05% 1.33%
Families 0.65% 1.14%
Median Household Income   2.81%
Per Capita Income   1.87%
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.

Fort Walton Beach, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Walton Beach 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 # 189 80th
Population Density1 # 271 71st
Diversity Index2 # 364 61st
Median Household Income # 466 49th
Per Capita Income # 349 62nd

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