Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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Population in 2014: 21,558 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +7.9%
 
Males: 11,792  (54.7%)
Females: 9,766  (45.3%)
Median resident age:  40.9 years
Florida median age:  41.5 years

Zip codes: 32544, 32547.

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Estimated median household income in 2013: $48,158 (it was $40,153 in 2000)
Fort Walton Beach:

$48,158
FL:

$46,036

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $26,433 (it was $21,085 in 2000)

Fort Walton Beach city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $162,162 (it was $87,300 in 2000)
Fort Walton Beach:

$162,162
FL:

$153,300

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $230,211; Detached houses: $245,668; Townhouses or other attached units: $185,219; In 2-unit structures: $107,992; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $85,610; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $260,002; Mobile homes: $71,629

Median gross rent in 2013: $962.

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  • Races in Fort Walton Beach, FL (2013)

    Fort Walton Beach races chart
    • 14,70470.6%White alone
    • 3,38916.3%Black alone
    • 1,8308.8%Hispanic
    • 6883.3%Asian alone
    • 4132.0%Two or more races
    • 1160.6%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 40.02%American Indian alone
    • 30.01%Other race alone

Races in Fort Walton Beach detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Fort Walton Beach: 90.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: United States (20.7%), German (10.5%), English (9.2%), Irish (8.2%), French (2.4%), Italian (2.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 18 feet

Land area: 7.44 square miles.

Population density: 2,896 people per square mile   (average).

Fort Walton Beach,FL real estate house value index trend

Fort Walton Beach, Florida map

For population 25 years and over in Fort Walton Beach:

  • High school or higher: 89.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.5%
  • Unemployed: 6.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fort Walton Beach city:

  • Never married: 30.9%
  • Now married: 43.3%
  • Separated: 3.0%
  • Widowed: 8.1%
  • Divorced: 14.6%

1,469 residents are foreign born (2.1% Latin America, 2.0% Asia, 2.0% Europe).

This city:

7.1%
Florida:

19.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,103 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $873 (0.6%)

Fort Walton Beach satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gulf Breeze-Harold, FL (19.9 miles , pop. 54,412).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Montgomery, AL (135.7 miles , pop. 201,568).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (526.5 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Cinco Bayou, FL (0.7 miles ), Ocean City, FL (1.2 miles ), Wright, FL (1.5 miles ), Mary Esther, FL (1.6 miles ), Shalimar, FL (1.6 miles ), Lake Lorraine, FL (1.8 miles ), Eglin AFB, FL (2.2 miles ), Eglin, FL (2.6 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 13 buildings, average cost: $143,400
  • 1998: 24 buildings, average cost: $103,000
  • 1999: 22 buildings, average cost: $108,500
  • 2000: 60 buildings, average cost: $47,800
  • 2001: 12 buildings, average cost: $121,600
  • 2002: 24 buildings, average cost: $95,400
  • 2003: 33 buildings, average cost: $76,200
  • 2004: 27 buildings, average cost: $85,200
  • 2005: 33 buildings, average cost: $157,800
  • 2006: 34 buildings, average cost: $169,600
  • 2007: 13 buildings, average cost: $259,300
  • 2008: 7 buildings, average cost: $233,600
  • 2009: 20 buildings, average cost: $234,700
  • 2010: 19 buildings, average cost: $282,300
  • 2011: 21 buildings, average cost: $164,300
  • 2012: 13 buildings, average cost: $210,800
  • 2013: 39 buildings, average cost: $190,700
  • 2014: 46 buildings, average cost: $136,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 30.42 N, Longitude: 86.62 W

Fort Walton Beach nicknames or aliases (official or unofficial): Billfish Capital of the World, Emerald Coast

Daytime population change due to commuting: +7,295 (+35.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 4,238 (42.2%)

Area code: 850

Fort Walton Beach household income distribution Fort Walton Beach home values distribution

Crime rates in Fort Walton Beach by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Murders 0001100113120
per 100,000 0.00.00.04.95.00.00.05.35.415.25.09.70.0
Rapes 1116681511913117438
per 100,000 52.778.229.439.174.457.247.869.359.735.419.914.638.3
Robberies 1519202832252131172271419
per 100,000 71.892.898.1137.0158.8129.9111.5165.392.2111.334.968.191.0
Assaults 83876469907063506960363744
per 100,000 397.4425.1314.0337.5446.6363.7334.6266.5374.3303.4179.4179.9210.7
Burglaries 1301161231551631611781401861211439396
per 100,000 622.4566.8603.6758.2808.9836.6945.2746.31,009.1611.9712.8452.2459.7
Thefts 594598574608608601574579681689586535560
per 100,000 2,843.92,921.92,816.62,974.13,017.23,122.93,048.23,086.53,694.73,484.52,920.82,601.12,681.9
Auto thefts 46584670736440496243433337
per 100,000 220.2283.4225.7342.4362.3332.6212.4261.2336.4217.5214.3160.4177.2
Arson 0322102511110
per 100,000 0.014.79.89.85.00.010.626.75.45.15.04.90.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 287.5) 281.5313.9255.6309.0365.3325.3304.2323.6359.7311.8226.7208.9224.6

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Crime rate in Fort Walton Beach detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 52 (41 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.99
Florida average:

2.39

Fort Walton Beach tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.3%
Florida:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -1,390 (-6.5%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (23%)
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Fort Walton Beach: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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Tornado activity:

Fort Walton Beach-area historical tornado activity is near Florida state average. It is 8% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/25/1964, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 2.6 miles away from the Fort Walton Beach city center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 12/10/1967, a category F3 tornado 27.8 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Fort Walton Beach-area historical earthquake activity is above Florida state average. It is 94% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 62.3 miles away from the city center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 288.4 miles away from Fort Walton Beach center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 281.5 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 209.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 172.6 miles away from Fort Walton Beach center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 287.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Okaloosa County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 18
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 11, Floods: 6, Tropical Storms: 5, Storms: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Winds: 2, Fire: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fort Walton Beach topographic map

Birthplace of: Danny Wuerffel - College football player, Ray Sansom - Politician, Aric Almirola - Stock car racing driver, Blake Dean (baseball) - Baseball player, Brian Marshall - Heavy metal guitarist, D. J. Hall - Football player, Matt Moore (baseball) - Baseball player, Ronnie Bass - Football player, Scott Fletcher (baseball) - Baseball player, Tom Hammonds - Basketball player.

Hospitals and medical centers in Fort Walton Beach:

  • FORT WALTON BEACH MEDICAL CENTER (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 1000 MAR-WALT DR)
  • FT WALTON BEACH DEVELOPMENTAL (113 BARKS DR)
  • GULF COAST TREATMENT CENTER (provides emergency services, 1015 MAR WALT DRIVE)
  • EMERALD COAST CENTER (114 THIRD STREET SE)
  • PARTHENON HEALTHCARE OF FORT WALTON (1 LBJ SR DRIVE)
  • WESTWOOD HEALTH CARE CENTER (1001 MAR-WALT DRIVE)
  • RCG - FT WALTON BEACH (925 MAR WALT DR STE 2)
  • ANGELS CARE HOME HEALTH OF EMERALD COAST (2018-D LEWIS TURNER BLVD)
  • GENTIVA HEALTH SERVICES (340 BEAL PARKWAY NW STE B)
  • INNOVATIVE SENIOR CARE HOME HEALTH (1001 MAR WALT DR)

Airports and heliports located in Fort Walton Beach:

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College/University in Fort Walton Beach:

  • CHOICE High School and Technical Center (Full-time enrollment: 330; Location: 1976 Lewis Turner Blvd; Public; Website: www.okaloosaschools.com/choice)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fort Walton Beach:

  • Northwest Florida State College (about 12 miles; Niceville, FL; Full-time enrollment: 5,052)
  • Pensacola State College (about 36 miles; Pensacola, FL; FT enrollment: 8,740)
  • The University of West Florida (about 37 miles; Pensacola, FL; FT enrollment: 10,240)
  • Gulf Coast State College (about 56 miles; Panama City, FL; FT enrollment: 4,474)
  • Columbia Southern University (about 63 miles; Orange Beach, AL; FT enrollment: 14,996)
  • James H Faulkner State Community College (about 76 miles; Bay Minette, AL; FT enrollment: 3,703)
  • Enterprise State Community College (about 77 miles; Enterprise, AL; FT enrollment: 2,101)

Public high schools in Fort Walton Beach:

  • CHOCTAWHATCHEE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 398, Location: 110 RACETRACK RD NW, Grades: 9-12)
  • SILVER SANDS-EXCEP. CHILDREN (Students: 329, Location: 349 HOLMES BLVD NW, Grades: PK-12)
  • FORT WALTON BEACH HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 107, Location: 400 HOLLYWOOD BLVD SW, Grades: 9-12)
  • AMI KIDS EMERALD COAST (Students: 31, Location: 207 4TH ST SE, Grades: 6-12)
  • CHOICE HIGH SCHOOL AND TECHNICAL CENTER (Location: 1976 LEWIS TURNER BLVD, Grades: PK-12)
  • OKALOOSA ACADEMY (Location: 720 LOVEJOY ROAD NW, Grades: PK-12, Charter school)
  • OKALOOSA VIRTUAL FRANCHISE (Location: 310 PERRY AVENUE SE, Grades: 6-12)
  • OKALOOSA VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION PROGRAM (Location: 120 LOWERY PL SE, Grades: KG-12)

Private high school in Fort Walton Beach:

  • CALVARY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY & PRESCHOOL (Students: 224, Location: 535 CLIFFORD ST, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Fort Walton Beach:

Private elementary/middle schools in Fort Walton Beach:

  • ST MARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 416, Location: 110 ROBINWOOD DR SW, Grades: PK-8)
  • CINCO BAPTIST SCHOOL (Students: 160, Location: 26 YACHT CLUB DR NE, Grades: PK-6)
  • EMERALD COAST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 7, Location: 119 SAINT MARY AVE SW, Grades: 2-8)
See full list of schools located in Fort Walton Beach

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Fort Walton Beach Library is now East of Hwy. 85 at 185 Miracle Strip Parkway in a new 24,000 Sq. Ft. facility.
  • The strongest Localized Internet Television Network. New Media Web Broadcast www.325Ultra.TV (FT. Walton Beach, FL, or all zip codes beginning -325- in NWF; Owner: Gulf Coast Internet TV Group, LLC - MS. Corp.) added by Charles
  • Area High Schools: Niceville High School Local College/Universities: Troy State Local Schools: Destin Elementary (K-5); Oak Hill Elementary (Pre-K - 5); Cherokee Elementary (K-5); Plew Elementary (K-5), Destin Middle School (6-8)

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Notable locations in Fort Walton Beach: Mariner Plaza (A), Parkway Plaza (B), Miracle Mart (C), Fort Walton Beach Public Library (D), Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services Station 8 (E), Fort Walton Beach Fire Department Station 7 (F), Fort Walton Beach Fire Department Station 6 (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Towncrest Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Fort Walton Beach include: Oakland Church (A), Holy Trinity Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Beal Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes: Bass Lake (A), Lake Earl (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Fort Walton Beach include: Jet Stadium (1), Fort Walton Mound (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Emerald Coast Science Center (Museums; 139 Brooks Street Southeast), Aladdin's Castle (Amusement & Theme Parks; 238 Deluna Road Southwest), AEI Games Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 308 Jonquil Avenue Northwest), Fleskes Robert J (401 Eglin Parkway Northeast).

Hotels: Classic Inn (3 Miracle Strip Parkway South), Beachmark Inn (573 Santa Rosa Boulevard), Best Inns (100 Miracle Strip Parkway South), Beacon Real Estate Services (1114 Santa Rosa Boulevard), Cayo Grande Suites (214 Racetrack Rd NW), Beacon Resorts (1114 Santa Rosa Boulevard), Beacon Resort Management Inc - Pelican Resort Condominium Rental Reservat (866 Santa Rosa Boulevard), Best Western Ft Walton Beach (380 Santa Rosa Boulevard).

Okaloosa County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 58.0. This is better than average.

City:

58.0
U.S.:

74.7

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 27.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 3.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

27.3
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 16.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 1.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.6
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2004 was 10.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.3
U.S.:

9.4
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.3%
(13.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 23.0% for Black residents, 20.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 3.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 43.6% for other race residents, 20.7% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Florida:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  59.6%
Whole state:  65.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  7.1%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Fort Walton Beach in 2010:

  • 273 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 154 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 46 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 9 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 3 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Fort Walton Beach in 2000:

  • 108 people in nursing homes
  • 81 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 37 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 2 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents

Fort Walton Beach, Florida environmental map by EPA

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Banks with most branches in Fort Walton Beach (2011 data):

  • Beach Community Bank: Mary Esther Branch, at 17 Southeast Eglin Parkway, Racetrack Office Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $610.6 mil, Deposits: $531.5 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Beach Community Bancshares, Inc.
  • First City Bank of Florida: First City Bank Of Florida, Racetrack Road Branch, Sun Plaza Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $261.9 mil, Deposits: $244.8 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Florida First City Banks, Inc.
  • Whitney Bank: Westwood Branch at 1001 Nw Mar Walt Drive, branch established on 1995/06/05; North Beal Parkway Branch at 768 North Beal Parkway, branch established on 1987/07/24. Info updated 2011/06/14: Bank assets: $14,882.3 mil, Deposits: $11,630.0 mil, headquarters in New Orleans, LA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 189 total offices, Holding Company: Hancock Holding Company
  • Synovus Bank: Fort Walton Beach Branch at 71 Northeast Beal Parkway, branch established on 1988/02/22; Beal Parkway Branch at 815 Beal Parkway, branch established on 1977/07/08. Info updated 2011/01/25: Bank assets: $26,863.3 mil, Deposits: $22,415.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 296 total offices, Holding Company: Synovus Financial Corp.
  • SunTrust Bank: Fort Walton Beach Branch at 99 Racetrack Road, branch established on 1994/06/20; Fort Walton Beach Wal-Mart Branch at 748 Beal Parkway Nw, branch established on 2005/10/12. Info updated 2010/05/27: Bank assets: $171,291.7 mil, Deposits: $129,833.2 mil, headquarters in Atlanta, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1716 total offices, Holding Company: Suntrust Banks, Inc.
  • FNBT.COM BANK: Fnbt.Com Bank at 29 North Eglin Parkway, N.E., branch established on 1956/04/09; Fort Walton Main Branch at 29 Northeast Eglin Parkway, branch established on 1997/05/29. Info updated 2009/06/29: Bank assets: $355.4 mil, Deposits: $293.4 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 12 total offices, Holding Company: Southern National Banks, Inc.
  • Compass Bank: Racetrack Branch at 101 Racetrack Road Northwest, branch established on 1985/06/30; Elgin Parkway Branch at 198 Eglin Parkway, N.E., branch established on 1977/02/18. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
  • Regions Bank: Fort Walton Main Branch at 25 Beal Parkway N.E., branch established on 1991/03/18; Wright Branch at 400 Racetrack Road, N.W., branch established on 1983/02/15. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • Bank of America, National Association: Fort Walton Beach Branch at 189 Eglin Parkway, N.E., branch established on 1913/01/01. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • 3 other banks with 3 local branches

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.0
Florida average:

12.2

Fort Walton Beach travel time to work - commute Fort Walton Beach mode of transportation to work chart

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Neighborhood in Fort Walton Beach (Fort Walton Beach, Florida Neighborhood Map):

Religion statistics for Fort Walton Beach city (based on Okaloosa County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant47,236156
Mainline Protestant20,41426
Catholic9,0856
Other7,66622
Black Protestant1,65210
Orthodox3372
None94,432-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 33
Okaloosa County:

1.82 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
This county:

0.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 10
Okaloosa County:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 84
Okaloosa County:

4.64 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 175
Here:

9.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.45 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.4%
Florida:

9.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Okaloosa County:

23.5%
Florida:

23.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.3%
State:

14.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

50.5%
State:

50.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Fort Walton Beach:

47.6%
Florida:

48.5%

Average BMI:
Fort Walton Beach:

28.9
State:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Fort Walton Beach:

21.4%
Florida:

19.9%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.6%
Florida:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Fort Walton Beach:

6.8
Florida:

6.9

Overweight people:
Fort Walton Beach:

35.2%
Florida:

34.8%

General health condition:
Fort Walton Beach:

56.2%
State:

56.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Fort Walton Beach:

78.3%
Florida:

78.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Fort Walton Beach, FL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 16$59,140$44,3552$2,055
Other Government Administration 24$82,069$41,0359$5,244
Police Protection - Officers 49$196,406$48,0990$0
Police - Other 14$39,668$34,00111$10,527
Firefighters 35$143,520$49,2070$0
Fire - Other 1$2,719$32,6280$0
Streets and Highways 11$36,496$39,8141$830
Solid Waste Management 19$47,632$30,0830$0
Sewerage 12$33,865$33,8650$0
Parks and Recreation 36$103,254$34,41840$34,538
Housing and Community Development(Local) 3$6,210$24,8400$0
Natural Resources 6$15,668$31,3360$0
Water Supply 20$58,091$34,8550$0
Local Libraries 4$13,565$40,6956$7,442
Other and Unallocable 8$28,034$42,0511$1,225
Totals for Government 258$866,337$40,29570$61,861

Fort Walton Beach government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $1,994,000 ($92.49)
    Libraries: $1,264,000 ($58.63)
    Parks & Recreation: $964,000 ($44.72)
    Water Utilities: $465,000 ($21.57)
    Housing & Community Development: $451,000 ($20.92)
    Regular Highways: $420,000 ($19.48)
    Police Protection: $154,000 ($7.14)
    Fire Protection: $60,000 ($2.78)
    Financial Administration: $60,000 ($2.78)
    Parking Facilities: $34,000 ($1.58)
    Central Staff Services: $26,000 ($1.21)
    General: $10,000 ($0.46)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $3,432,000 ($159.20)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,191,000 ($148.02)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,298,000 ($106.60)
    Sewerage: $1,735,000 ($80.48)
    Fire Protection: $1,614,000 ($74.87)
    Financial Administration: $1,457,000 ($67.59)
    Central Staff Services: $1,233,000 ($57.19)
    General Public Buildings: $1,179,000 ($54.69)
    Water Utilities: $1,105,000 ($51.26)
    Regular Highways: $888,000 ($41.19)
    Libraries: $292,000 ($13.54)
    General - Other: $189,000 ($8.77)
    Housing & Community Development: $175,000 ($8.12)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,336,000 ($61.97)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $152,000 ($7.05)
    Regular Highways: $129,000 ($5.98)
    Libraries: $73,000 ($3.39)
    Sewerage: $73,000 ($3.39)
    Parks & Recreation: $72,000 ($3.34)
    Fire Protection: $43,000 ($1.99)
    Water Utilities: $34,000 ($1.58)
    Financial Administration: $18,000 ($0.83)
    Central Staff: $10,000 ($0.46)
    General Public Building: $5,000 ($0.23)
    Housing & Community Development: $1,000 ($0.05)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($0.05)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $12,762,000 ($591.98)

Fort Walton Beach government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,219,000 ($149.32)
    Sewerage: $2,997,000 ($139.02)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,411,000 ($111.84)
    All Other: $201,000 ($9.32)
    Parking Facilities: $4,000 ($0.19)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $752,000 ($34.88)
    All Other: $65,000 ($3.02)
    Highways: $32,000 ($1.48)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $155,000 ($7.19)
    General Support: $53,000 ($2.46)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $2,519,000 ($116.85)
    General Revenue, NEC: $435,000 ($20.18)
    Rents: $97,000 ($4.50)
    Property Sale Other: $13,000 ($0.60)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,689,000 ($78.35)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $2,017,000 ($93.56)
    Water Utilities: $302,000 ($14.01)
    All Other: $260,000 ($12.06)
    Highways: $71,000 ($3.29)
  • Tax - Property: $3,904,000 ($181.09)
    Public Utilities: $3,219,000 ($149.32)
    Motor Fuels Sales: $702,000 ($32.56)
    NEC: $368,000 ($17.07)
    Other Selective Sales: $349,000 ($16.19)

Fort Walton Beach government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Industrial Revenue: $13,495,000 ($625.99)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $8,240,000 ($382.22)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $12,146,000 ($563.41)
    Other, NEC: $7,104,000 ($329.53)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $1,349,000 ($62.58)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $1,136,000 ($52.70)

Fort Walton Beach government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $2,079,000 ($96.44)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $20,489,000 ($950.41)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $12,146,000 ($563.41)

10.67% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($41,052 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.67%
Florida average:

7.97%

0.67% of residents moved from foreign countries ($2,578 average AGI)
Okaloosa County:

0.67%
Florida average:

0.11%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Santa Rosa County, FL  0.79% ($34,435 average AGI)
from Walton County, FL  0.71% ($37,367)
from Escambia County, FL  0.27% ($31,658)


10.12% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($40,252 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.12%
Florida average:

7.17%

0.60% of residents moved to foreign countries ($2,445 average AGI)
Okaloosa County:

0.60%
Florida average:

0.12%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Santa Rosa County, FL  0.96% ($35,173 average AGI)
to Walton County, FL  0.74% ($38,565)
to Escambia County, FL  0.32% ($29,268)

Strongest AM radio stations in Fort Walton Beach:

  • WFTW (1260 AM; 3 kW; FORT WALTON BEACH, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WJGC (1400 AM; 1 kW; FORT WALTON BEACH, FL; Owner: YESTERDAY'S RADIO NETWORK, LLC)
  • WEBY (1330 AM; 25 kW; MILTON, FL; Owner: SPINNAKER LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WBZR (1120 AM; daytime; 2 kW; DESTIN, FL; Owner: DESTINY COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • WJSB (1050 AM; 5 kW; CRESTVIEW, FL; Owner: CRESTVIEW BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WFSH (1340 AM; 1 kW; VALPARAISO-NICEVILLE, FL; Owner: BAYOU COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WNVY (1090 AM; daytime; 10 kW; CANTONMENT, FL; Owner: 1090-AM INC.)
  • WZEP (1460 AM; 10 kW; DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL; Owner: WALTON COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WRNE (980 AM; 3 kW; GULF BREEZE, FL; Owner: MEDIA ONE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WGTX (1280 AM; 5 kW; DE FUNIAK SPRINGS, FL)
  • WCOA (1370 AM; 5 kW; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WDLT (660 AM; 10 kW; FAIRHOPE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fort Walton Beach:

  • WKSM (99.5 FM; FORT WALTON BEACH, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WYZB (105.5 FM; MARY ESTHER, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WNCV (100.3 FM; NICEVILLE, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WPSM (91.1 FM; FORT WALTON BEACH, FL; Owner: FT. WALTON BEACH EDUC. B/CNG FOUND.)
  • WTKX-FM (101.5 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZNS (96.5 FM; FORT WALTON BEACH, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WXBM-FM (102.7 FM; MILTON, FL; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMMK (92.1 FM; DESTIN, FL; Owner: GULF BREEZE MEDIA, INC.)
  • WUWF (88.1 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA)
  • WKSJ-FM (94.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WTKE (98.1 FM; HOLT, FL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WYCL (107.3 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CONCORD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WWAV (102.1 FM; SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL; Owner: QANTUM OF FORT WALTON BEACH LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WAAZ-FM (104.7 FM; CRESTVIEW, FL; Owner: CRESTVIEW BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WMXZ (103.1 FM; DE FUNIAK SPRINGS, FL; Owner: QANTUM OF FORT WALTON BEACH LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WSBZ (106.3 FM; MIRAMAR BEACH, FL; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W204BW (88.7 FM; GULF BREEZE, FL; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WTJT (90.1 FM; BAKER, FL; Owner: OKALOOSA PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Fort Walton Beach:

  • W69DH (Channel 69; PANAMA CITY, FL; Owner: RICHARD & LISA GOETZ)
  • WFGX (Channel 35; FORT WALTON BEACH, FL; Owner: TELEVISION FIT FOR LIFE, INC.)
  • W26BV (Channel 26; PANAMA CITY, FL; Owner: RICHARD C. & LISA A. GOETZ)
  • WSRE (Channel 23; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: DST .BD. OF TRUSTEES PENSACOLA JR. COLLEGE)
  • WAWD (Channel 58; FORT WALTON BEACH, FL; Owner: RAINBOW 58 BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WPAN (Channel 53; FORT WALTON BEACH, FL; Owner: FRANKLIN MEDIA, INC.)
  • WEAR-TV (Channel 3; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: WEAR LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WJTC (Channel 44; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WDES-CA (Channel 48; DESTIN, FL; Owner: BEACH TV PROPERTIES, INC.)
  • WPMI (Channel 15; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Fort Walton Beach fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 9Number of bridges
  • 180m591ftTotal length
  • $2,812,000Total costs
  • 191,128Total average daily traffic
  • 7,911Total average daily truck traffic
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 9 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED100$153,32848$166,867276$159,52912$56,0581$3,351,02032$118,0902$99,050
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$154,7107$206,11722$183,1481$31,9800$04$153,9231$60,700
APPLICATIONS DENIED11$137,93610$154,986115$160,24011$74,8850$013$104,5901$23,340
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN12$147,75311$266,02588$171,9011$76,6400$09$143,3771$107,420
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$277,4404$161,36327$164,9050$00$01$30,2000$0

Detailed mortgage data for all 9 tracts in Fort Walton Beach, FL

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 7 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4$203,2451$184,630
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$02$103,365
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$01$158,390
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$222,2600$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$95,0000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Drinking water stations with addresses in Fort Walton Beach and their reported violations in the past:

WATER'S EDGE MOTOR COACH RESORT (Address: 17 SE EGLIN PARKWAY , Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Failure to Conduct Assessment Monitoring - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (2 times from DEC-04-2013 to DEC-04-2013)
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
HOLMES CREEK WATER WORKS II (Population served: 30, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Failure to Conduct Assessment Monitoring - Between JUL-2011 and SEP-2011, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-30-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-28-2011), St Tech Assistance Visit (FEB-03-2012), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (FEB-23-2012), St Compliance achieved (APR-16-2012)
  • One routine major monitoring violation

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 123
  • Hazardous Condition: 105
  • Service Call: 10
  • Good Intent Call: 2

Incident types - Fort Walton Beach

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Fort Walton Beach, FL

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Fort Walton Beach, Florida:

  • Four Points By Sheraton, 1325 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548 , Phone: (850) 243-8116, Fax: (850) 244-3064
  • Knight Inn, 209 SW Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
  • Economy Motel, 1 Se Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
  • Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548 , Phone: (850) 243-9161, Fax: (850) 244-5763
  • Econo Lodge, 100 SW Miracle Strip, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548 , Fax: (850) 244-1094
  • Days Inn, 135 SW Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548 , Fax: (850) 243-5764
  • Emerald Coast Inn & Suites, 1214 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548 , Phone: (850) 243-5563, Fax: (850) 243-0166
  • Super 8 Motel, 333 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
  • 21 other hotels and motels
All 29 fire-safe hotels and motels in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Most common first names in Fort Walton Beach, FL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James28870.9 years
John27372.1 years
William26170.3 years
Mary24776.7 years
Robert23967.0 years
Charles15171.2 years
George14073.2 years
Margaret10178.0 years
Thomas10068.2 years
Dorothy9675.8 years
Most common last names in Fort Walton Beach, FL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith12072.1 years
Johnson7572.4 years
Davis7375.0 years
Jones7172.4 years
Miller5674.3 years
Williams5472.0 years
Brown5374.5 years
Wilson4468.3 years
King4173.2 years
Thompson3877.1 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (72%)
  • Utility gas (28%)
Businesses in Fort Walton Beach, FL
NameCountNameCount
Arby's2Lowe's1
Ashley Furniture1New Balance1
BMW1Nissan1
Baskin-Robbins1Office Depot1
Best Western1Olive Garden1
Blockbuster1Papa John's Pizza2
Budget Car Rental2Penske1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Pizza Hut2
CVS2Publix Super Markets3
Chevrolet1Quality1
Chick-Fil-A1Quiznos1
ColorTyme1Ramada1
Comfort Inn1Red Lobster1
Curves1Sprint Nextel2
Domino's Pizza2Starbucks1
FedEx8Subaru1
Goodwill2Subway3
H&R Block3Super 81
Haworth1T-Mobile2
Hilton1T.G.I. Driday's1
Holiday Inn1T.J.Maxx1
Home Depot1Taco Bell2
Honda1U-Haul4
Hyundai1UPS10
KFC1Verizon Wireless1
Kmart1Volkswagen1
Kroger8Walmart1
La Quinta1YMCA1
Little Caesars Pizza1

Fort Walton Beach compared to Florida state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.

Fort Walton Beach on our top lists:

  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Accommodation and food services (population 5,000+)"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #91 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in military transient quarters for temporary residents (population 1,000+)"
  • #7 (32544) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the smallest percentage of taxpayers reporting profit/loss from business in 2012 (pop 1,000+)"
  • #10 (32544) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the smallest percentage of taxpayers using paid preparers for 2012 taxes (pop 1,000+)"
  • #33 (32544) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of returns reporting salary or wage in 2012 (pop 1,000+)"
  • #38 (32544) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the lowest 2012 average reported profit/loss from business (pop 1,000+)"
  • #73 (32544) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the lowest 2012 average net capital gain/loss (pop 1,000+)"
  • #87 (32544) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the smallest percentage of taxpayers using charity contributions deductions in 2012 (pop 1,000+)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
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