Fort Walton Beach, Florida Population 2024

21,096

Fort Walton Beach is a city located in Okaloosa County Florida. Fort Walton Beach has a 2024 population of 21,096. Fort Walton Beach is currently growing at a rate of 0.23% annually and its population has increased by 0.78% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 20,933 in 2020.

The average household income in Fort Walton Beach is $84,455 with a poverty rate of 13.53%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Fort Walton Beach is 39.7 years, 38.2 years for males, and 42.1 years for females.

Fort Walton Beach Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Walton Beach was:

  • White: 70.69%
  • Black or African American: 11.06%
  • Two or more races: 7.74%
  • Other race: 5.26%
  • Asian: 4.7%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.5%
  • Native American: 0.05%
State
Florida
Land Area (mi²)
7.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,758.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.78% (163)
The current population of Fort Walton Beach, Florida is 21,096 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 20,933.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida Population 2024

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Fort Walton Beach Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White14,78770.69%
Black or African American2,31411.06%
Two or more races1,6197.74%
Other race1,1015.26%
Asian9844.7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander1040.5%
Native American100.05%
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White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Fort Walton Beach Population by Race

Fort Walton Beach Population Pyramid 2024

Fort Walton Beach Median Age

39.7

Total

38.2

Male

42.1

Female

Fort Walton Beach Adults

There are 16,177 adults, (4,000 of whom are seniors) in Fort Walton Beach.

Fort Walton Beach Age Dependency

71.8

Age Dependency Ratio

32.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Walton Beach Sex Ratio

Female10,21548.83%
Male10,70451.17%

Fort Walton Beach Population by Age

Fort Walton Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All8,8402.3260.939.1
Non Family3,7621.2351.148.9
Married3,6733.017624
Female9663.5540.259.8
Male4393.2263.836.2
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3.02

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

60.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Fort Walton Beach Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Fort Walton Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Walton Beach Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 34.78%.

Fort Walton Beach Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$37,796

Average Earnings

$46,067

Average Male

$29,422

Average Female

Fort Walton Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Walton Beach Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Fort Walton Beach Language

85.98% of Fort Walton Beach residents speak only English, while 14.02% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.69% of the population.

Fort Walton Beach Language

Fort Walton Beach Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White13,9101,0697.69%
Black2,23668030.41%
Hispanic2,30549121.3%
Other1,09037334.22%
Asian96831232.23%
Multiple1,59320012.55%
Islander1041514.42%
Native10440%
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13.53%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.05%

Male Poverty Rate

16.13%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Walton Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Walton Beach is Native, with 40% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Walton Beach is White, with 7.69% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.37%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.39%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.79%.

Fort Walton Beach Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade21.73%
High School12.83%
Some College8.69%
Bachelors or Greater4.81%
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Fort Walton Beach Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed41.49%
Female Unemployed30.88%
Female Employed12.75%
Male Employed7.25%
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Fort Walton Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Walton Beach Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Fort Walton Beach Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

46.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.6%

Male Marriage Rate

44.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Walton Beach Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Fort Walton Beach Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Fort Walton Beach Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Fort Walton Beach Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,806

Number of Veterans

2,357

Male Veterans

449

Female Veterans

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Fort Walton Beach Veterans by War

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Fort Walton Beach Veterans by Age

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Fort Walton Beach Veterans by Race

Fort Walton Beach Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.69%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.39%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Walton Beach Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

66.4%

Labor Force Participation

58.8%

Employment Rate

3.9%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Walton Beach Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Fort Walton Beach Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Fort Walton Beach Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

34.59%

Born in Fort Walton Beach

90.73%

Native Born

9.27%

Foreign Born

4.75%

Non Citizen

4.52%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.73% of Fort Walton Beach residents were born in the United States, with 34.59% having been born in Florida. 4.75% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Fort Walton Beach Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202921,341490.23%
202821,292490.23%
202721,243490.23%
202621,194490.23%
202521,145490.23%
202421,096490.23%
202321,047490.23%
202220,998490.23%
202120,949160.08%
202020,933-1,482-6.61%
201922,4152741.24%
201822,1411860.85%
201721,9552311.06%
201621,7241670.77%
201521,5572621.23%
201421,2958994.41%
201320,3961900.94%
201220,2065602.85%
201119,6461700.87%
201019,476-497-2.49%
200019,973-1,498-6.98%
199021,4716423.08%
198020,8298354.18%
197019,9947,84764.6%
196012,147
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Fort Walton Beach Population by Year