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Population in 2012: 20,293 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +1.6%
 

Males: 10,542  (52.0%)
Females: 9,751  (48.0%)

Median resident age:  42.8 years
Florida median age:  40.3 years

Zip codes: 32544, 32547.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $46,066 (it was $40,153 in 2000)
Fort Walton Beach:

$46,066
FL:

$45,040
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $24,983

Fort Walton Beach city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $153,219 (it was $87,300 in 2000)
Fort Walton Beach:

$153,219
FL:

$148,200
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $225,178; Detached houses: $225,290; Townhouses or other attached units: $226,136; In 2-unit structures: $138,186; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $134,707; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $294,283; Mobile homes: $63,797

Median gross rent in 2012: $938.

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  • White alone - 13,877 (70.0%)
  • Black alone - 2,801 (14.1%)
  • Hispanic - 1,486 (7.5%)
  • Asian alone - 796 (4.0%)
  • Two or more races - 670 (3.4%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 162 (0.8%)
  • Other race alone - 12 (0.06%)
  • American Indian alone - 10 (0.05%)

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


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Fort Walton Beach: 89.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: United States (17.3%), German (11.7%), Irish (8.3%), English (8.1%), Italian (2.4%), French (2.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 18 feet

Land area: 7.44 square miles.

Population density: 2,726 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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For population 25 years and over in Fort Walton Beach:

  • High school or higher: 89.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.6%
  • Unemployed: 10.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.5 minutes

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

  • Never married: 29.5%
  • Now married: 44.1%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 8.4%
  • Divorced: 15.8%

1,762 residents are foreign born (2.3% Europe, 2.1% Asia).

This city:  8.9%
Florida:  19.4%



According to our research of Florida and other state lists there were 113 registered sex offenders living in Fort Walton Beach, Florida as of August 30, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Fort Walton Beach to the number of sex offenders is 180 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,249 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $952 (0.6%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pensacola, FL (35.4 miles , pop. 56,255).

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

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: +7,751 (+39.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,708 (37.8%)

Area code: 850

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Crime rates in Fort Walton Beach by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 0100011001131
per 100,000 0.04.90.00.00.04.95.00.00.05.35.415.25.0
Rapes 6411166815119131174
per 100,000 27.119.552.778.229.439.174.457.247.869.359.735.419.9
Robberies 3025151920283225213117227
per 100,000 135.6122.071.892.898.1137.0158.8129.9111.5165.392.2111.334.9
Assaults 52718387646990706350696036
per 100,000 235.0346.5397.4425.1314.0337.5446.6363.7334.6266.5374.3303.4179.4
Burglaries 136190130116123155163161178140186121143
per 100,000 614.6927.2622.4566.8603.6758.2808.9836.6945.2746.31009.1611.9712.8
Thefts 589622594598574608608601574579681689586
per 100,000 2661.53035.52843.92921.92816.62974.13017.23122.93048.23086.53694.73484.52920.8
Auto thefts 44524658467073644049624343
per 100,000 198.8253.8220.2283.4225.7342.4362.3332.6212.4261.2336.4217.5214.3
Arson 2403221025111
per 100,000 9.019.50.014.79.89.85.00.010.626.75.45.15.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 301.1) 238.4293.2276.0307.8250.6303.0358.2318.9298.3317.3352.7305.8222.3

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Fort Walton Beach detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 53 (42 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.09
Florida average:

2.45

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.1%
Florida:

7.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -1,390 (-6.5%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (23%)
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Fort Walton Beach-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Florida state average. It is 61% 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 significantly above Florida state average. It is 95% 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 10/26/1997 at 23:27:12, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 62.1 miles away from Fort Walton Beach center
On 9/30/2003 at 02:28:03, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 72.1 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1997 at 03:39:12, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 61.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/28/1997 at 09:00:11, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 62.1 miles away from Fort Walton Beach center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

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: 10, Tropical Storms: 5, Floods: 3, Floods: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Winds: 2, Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Fire: 1, Tornado: 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/medical centers in Fort Walton Beach:

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

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Local government website: www.fwb.org

College/University in Fort Walton Beach:

  • Okaloosa Applied Technology Center (Full-time enrollment: 186; Location: 1976 Lewis Turner Blvd; Public; Website: www.okaloosatech.com)

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

  • Northwest Florida State College (about 12 miles; Niceville, FL; Full-time enrollment: 2,977)
  • Pensacola Junior College (about 36 miles; Pensacola, FL; FT enrollment: 4,901)
  • The University of West Florida (about 37 miles; Pensacola, FL; FT enrollment: 7,005)
  • Gulf Coast Community College (about 56 miles; Panama City, FL; FT enrollment: 2,369)
  • Columbia Southern University (about 63 miles; Orange Beach, AL; FT enrollment: 7,407)
  • James H Faulkner State Community College (about 76 miles; Bay Minette, AL; FT enrollment: 2,682)
  • George C Wallace Community College-Dothan (about 93 miles; Dothan, AL; FT enrollment: 2,692)

Private high school in Fort Walton Beach:

  • CALVARY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY AND PRESCHOOL (Students: 374; Location: 535 CLIFFORD ST; Grades: PK - 12)

Private elementary/middle schools in Fort Walton Beach:

  • ST MARY SCHOOL (Students: 449; Location: 110 ROBINWOOD DR SW; Grades: PK - 8)
  • CINCO BAPTIST SCHOOL (Students: 229; Location: 26 YACHT CLUB DR NE; Grades: PK - 5)
  • MONTESSORI LEARNING CENTER (Students: 35; Location: 204 HOSPITAL DR; Grades: PK - KG)
  • EMERALD COAST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 5; Location: 119 SAINT MARY AVE SW; Grades: KG - 2)
  • GULF COAST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 5; Location: 922 LANDRY ST; Grades: 4 - 9)
See full list of schools located in Fort Walton Beach, School District: OKALOOSA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

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
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AQI  Ozone 

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 24.3. This is better than average.
City:

24.3
U.S.:

32.0
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 28.6. This is about average. There were 3 monitors within city limits.
City:

28.6
U.S.:

28.3
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2004 was 9.87. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.3 miles away from the city center.
City:

9.87
U.S.:

11.62

Drinking water stations with addresses in Fort Walton Beach that have no violations reported:

  • HOLMES CREEK WATER WORKS II (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 13.9%
(10.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.8% for Black residents, 29.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 3.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 47.9% for other race residents, 16.8% 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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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 compared to Florida state average:

Fort Walton Beach, Florida environmental map by EPA

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


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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

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

  • Four Points By Sheraton, 1325 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 , Phone: (850) 243-8116, Fax: (850) 244-3064
  • Edgewater Motel, 1284 Marler Dr, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 , Fax: (850) 243-7109
  • Playground Motor Inn, 195 BRKS St Se, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
  • Sandman Motel-suites Inc, 480 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
  • Knight Inn, 209 SW Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
  • Economy Motel, 1 Se Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
  • Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, 314 Miracle Strip, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 , Phone: (850) 244-8663, Fax: (850) 664-2735
  • Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 , Phone: (850) 243-9161, Fax: (850) 244-5763
  • 28 other hotels and motels
All 36 fire-safe hotels and motels in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Fort Walton Beach travel time to work - commute


Fort Walton Beach mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (65%)
  • Utility gas (34%)

Presidential Elections Results

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 43.77%
Here43.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchAssemblies of GodEpiscopal Church
Adherents46.2%15.4%15.3%5.1%2.9%
Congregations29.0%6.5%3.9%13.5%2.6%
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchChurches of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents2.8%2.4%2.1%1.8%6.2%
Congregations3.9%9.0%1.9%1.9%27.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables 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.
Florida:

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
Here:

4.64 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

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

9.66 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

7.45 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Okaloosa County:

9.4%
State:

9.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Okaloosa County:

23.5%
State:

23.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.3%
Florida:

14.0%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 28$118,887$50,9520$0
Other Government Administration 26$80,844$37,3130$0
Police Protection - Officers 51$233,958$55,0498$9,356
Police - Other 12$33,806$33,8065$2,942
Firefighters 36$151,909$50,6360$0
Fire - Other 1$2,869$34,4280$0
Streets and Highways 37$116,443$37,7650$0
Health 1$4,328$51,9360$0
Solid Waste Management 24$53,324$26,6620$0
Sewerage 19$109,952$69,4430$0
Parks and Recreation 45$68,499$18,2666$6,029
Housing and Community Development(Local) 1$2,869$34,4280$0
Water Supply 26$95,217$43,9460$0
Local Libraries 9$22,567$30,0893$3,447
Other and Unallocable 17$55,764$39,3634$1,521
Totals for Government 333$1,151,236$41,48626$23,295

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

  • Construction - Sewerage: $1,994,000 ($98.26)
    Libraries: $1,264,000 ($62.29)
    Parks & Recreation: $964,000 ($47.50)
    Water Utilities: $465,000 ($22.91)
    Housing & Community Development: $451,000 ($22.22)
    Regular Highways: $420,000 ($20.70)
    Police Protection: $154,000 ($7.59)
    Fire Protection: $60,000 ($2.96)
    Financial Administration: $60,000 ($2.96)
    Parking Facilities: $34,000 ($1.68)
    Central Staff Services: $26,000 ($1.28)
    General: $10,000 ($0.49)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $3,432,000 ($169.12)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,191,000 ($157.25)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,298,000 ($113.24)
    Sewerage: $1,735,000 ($85.50)
    Fire Protection: $1,614,000 ($79.53)
    Financial Administration: $1,457,000 ($71.80)
    Central Staff Services: $1,233,000 ($60.76)
    General Public Buildings: $1,179,000 ($58.10)
    Water Utilities: $1,105,000 ($54.45)
    Regular Highways: $888,000 ($43.76)
    Libraries: $292,000 ($14.39)
    General - Other: $189,000 ($9.31)
    Housing & Community Development: $175,000 ($8.62)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,336,000 ($65.84)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $152,000 ($7.49)
    Regular Highways: $129,000 ($6.36)
    Libraries: $73,000 ($3.60)
    Sewerage: $73,000 ($3.60)
    Parks & Recreation: $72,000 ($3.55)
    Fire Protection: $43,000 ($2.12)
    Water Utilities: $34,000 ($1.68)
    Financial Administration: $18,000 ($0.89)
    Central Staff: $10,000 ($0.49)
    General Public Building: $5,000 ($0.25)
    Housing & Community Development: $1,000 ($0.05)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($0.05)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $12,762,000 ($628.89)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,219,000 ($158.63)
    Sewerage: $2,997,000 ($147.69)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,411,000 ($118.81)
    All Other: $201,000 ($9.90)
    Parking Facilities: $4,000 ($0.20)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $752,000 ($37.06)
    All Other: $65,000 ($3.20)
    Highways: $32,000 ($1.58)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $155,000 ($7.64)
    General Support: $53,000 ($2.61)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $2,519,000 ($124.13)
    General Revenue, NEC: $435,000 ($21.44)
    Rents: $97,000 ($4.78)
    Property Sale Other: $13,000 ($0.64)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,689,000 ($83.23)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $2,017,000 ($99.39)
    Water Utilities: $302,000 ($14.88)
    All Other: $260,000 ($12.81)
    Highways: $71,000 ($3.50)
  • Tax - Property: $3,904,000 ($192.38)
    Public Utilities: $3,219,000 ($158.63)
    Motor Fuels Sales: $702,000 ($34.59)
    NEC: $368,000 ($18.13)
    Other Selective Sales: $349,000 ($17.20)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Industrial Revenue: $13,495,000 ($665.01)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $8,240,000 ($406.05)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $12,146,000 ($598.53)
    Other, NEC: $7,104,000 ($350.07)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $1,349,000 ($66.48)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $1,136,000 ($55.98)

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

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $2,079,000 ($102.45)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $20,489,000 ($1009.66)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $12,146,000 ($598.53)

10.79% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($47,569 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.79%
Florida average:

8.71%

0.88% of residents moved from foreign countries ($3,252 average AGI)
Okaloosa County:

0.88%
Florida average:

0.22%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Santa Rosa County, FL  0.71% ($33,682 average AGI)
from Walton County, FL  0.56% ($47,773)
from Escambia County, FL  0.26% ($29,073)


11.73% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($42,054 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.73%
Florida average:

7.73%

0.83% of residents moved to foreign countries ($2,548 average AGI)
Okaloosa County:

0.83%
Florida average:

0.12%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Santa Rosa County, FL  1.03% ($35,772 average AGI)
to Walton County, FL  0.87% ($69,393)
to Escambia County, FL  0.37% ($28,489)

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.)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 10
Total length: 180 meters (591ft)
Total costs: $100,000
Total average daily traffic: 213,649
Total average daily truck traffic: 9,652

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1950-1959: 1
  • 1960-1969: 3
  • 1970-1979: 4
  • 1980-1989: 0
  • 1990-1999: 0
  • 2000-2009: 2
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Fort Walton Beach, FL



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

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

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
Businesses in Fort Walton Beach, FL
NameCountNameCount
Arby's2Lowe's1
Ashley Furniture1New Balance1
BMW1Office Depot1
Baskin-Robbins1Olive Garden1
Best Western1Papa John's Pizza2
Blockbuster1Penske1
Budget Car Rental2Pizza Hut2
Buffalo Wild Wings1Publix Super Markets3
CVS2Quality1
Chick-Fil-A1Quiznos1
ColorTyme1Ramada1
Comfort Inn1Red Lobster1
Curves1Sprint Nextel2
Domino's Pizza2Starbucks1
FedEx8Subway3
Goodwill2Super 81
H&R Block3T-Mobile2
Haworth1T.G.I. Driday's1
Holiday Inn1T.J.Maxx1
Home Depot1Taco Bell2
KFC1U-Haul4
Kmart1UPS10
Kroger8Verizon Wireless1
La Quinta1Walmart1
Little Caesars Pizza1YMCA1
Browse common businesses in Fort Walton Beach, FL


Fort Walton Beach on our top lists:

  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most fire safe hotels and motels per 100,000 population (pop 5,000+)"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Media and communication equipment workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Sewing, needlework, and piece goods stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest city-data.com crime index increase from 2000-2002 average to 2006 (population 5,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average yearly precipitation"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations: (population 5,000+)"
  • #34 (32544) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of returns reporting salary or wage in 2004 (pop 1,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 1990-1999 to 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2006"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Bush (Republican) in the 2004 Presidential Election, pop. 50,000+"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2006 (pop. 50,000+)"
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Top Patent Applicants
  • Franklin H. Valade, Jr. (5)
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  • Charles Dean Preston, Ii (2)
  • John R. Evert (2)
  • Theodore S. Sumrall (2)
  • Travis J. Miller (1)
  • John Parsley (1)
  • Roy K. Baker (1)
  • James Lynn Smith (1)
  • John Barclay Carter (1)

Total of 26 patent applications in 2008-2014.

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