Destin, FL Profile: Facts & Data


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Destin, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Destin had a population of 13,658 as of July 1, 2018.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Destin: Dester.

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Destin, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 13,658
Population in Households 13,544
Population in Familes 9,670
Population in Group Qrtrs 114
Population Density2 1,776
Diversity Index3 35


Median Household Income $71,594
Average Household Income $104,371
Per Capita Income $45,091


Total Housing Units 14,543 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,314 (22.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,495 (17.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 8,734 (60.1%)
Median Home Value $298,270
Average Home Value $438,281


Total Households 5,809
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 3,443
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.27% 1.2%
Households 1.13% 1.14%
Families 0.94% 1.02%
Median Household Income   2.37%
Per Capita Income   3.14%

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, 2018 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 # 265 71st
Population Density # 434 53rd
Diversity Index # 594 36th
Median Household Income # 139 85th
Per Capita Income # 125 87th

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