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Fort Walton Beach, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Walton Beach had a population of 21,199 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fort Walton Beach: Camp Walton.

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Fort Walton Beach, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 21,199
Daytime Population: Workers 18,183
Daytime Population: Residents 9,883
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 28,066
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.32
Population in Households 20,959
Population in Familes 15,440
Population in Group Qrtrs 240
Population Density2 2,830
Diversity Index3 54


Median Household Income $46,896
Average Household Income $66,165
Per Capita Income $29,519


Total Housing Units 10,474 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,018 (47.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,102 (39.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,354 (12.9%)
Median Home Value $185,224
Average Home Value $235,146


Total Households 9,120
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 5,292
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.14% 1.33%
Households 1.13% 1.31%
Families 0.76% 1.13%
Median Household Income   2.17%
Per Capita Income   2.46%

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, 2017 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 # 188 80th
Population Density # 270 71st
Diversity Index # 367 61st
Median Household Income # 474 49th
Per Capita Income # 350 62nd

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