Fort Walton Beach, Florida Population 2021

23,093
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Fort Walton Beach is a city located in Okaloosa County Florida. With a 2020 population of 23,093, it is the 108th largest city in Florida and the 1668th largest city in the United States . Fort Walton Beach is currently growing at a rate of 1.25% annually and its population has increased by 18.38% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 19,507 in 2010. Fort Walton Beach reached it's highest population of 23,093 in 2021. Spanning over 8 miles, Fort Walton Beach has a population density of 3,019 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Walton Beach is $69,810 with a poverty rate of 13.61%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $988 per month, and the median house value is $185,900. The median age in Fort Walton Beach is 41.7 years, 39.6 years for males, and 44.5 years for females.

Fort Walton Beach Demographics

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

  • White: 75.78%
  • Black or African American: 11.63%
  • Two or more races: 5.28%
  • Asian: 4.45%
  • Other race: 2.61%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Fort Walton Beach, Florida is 23,093 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 22,235.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 19,507.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021299,0957,1432.39%
2020291,9527,1432.45%
2019284,8097,1432.51%
2018277,6666,1672.22%
2017271,4996,0072.21%
2016265,4924,6781.76%
2015260,8145,0131.92%
2014255,8013,9201.53%
2013251,8814,9291.96%
2012246,9528,2483.34%
2011238,7042,7721.16%
2010235,9320.00%

Fort Walton Beach Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White16,73675.78%
Black or African American2,56911.63%
Two or More Races1,1655.28%
Asian9834.45%
Some Other Race5772.61%
American Indian and Alaska Native540.24%
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Fort Walton Beach Population by Race

Fort Walton Beach Population Pyramid $2021

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Fort Walton Beach Median Age

41.7


Total

39.6


Male

44.5


Female

Fort Walton Beach Adults

There are 18,150 adults, (4,256 of whom are seniors) in Fort Walton Beach.

Fort Walton Beach Age Dependency

58.9

Age Dependency Ratio

30.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Walton Beach Sex Ratio

Female

11,116

50.34%

Male

10,968

49.66%

Fort Walton Beach Population by Age

Fort Walton Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fort Walton Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.3%21.7%
All59.1%40.9%
Non Family47.6%52.4%
Female47.4%52.6%
Male36.1%63.9%

59.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Walton Beach Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,3802.2959.1
Non Family4,0541.2247.6
Married3,7222.9678.3
Female1,0393.4747.4
Male5653.4636.1

3.01

Average Family Size

2.29

Average Household Size

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Fort Walton Beach Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5583.45%
9th to 12th Grade7464.62%
High School Graduate4,24226.25%
Some College4,29626.58%
Associates Degree1,94112.01%
Bachelors Degree2,74516.98%
Graduate Degree1,63510.12%
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Fort Walton Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Walton Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White11,88211,1933,666
Black1,7571,545321
Hispanic1,4291,177223
Asian75563379
2+ Races400378130
Other Race34920533
Native American4545

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 32.50%.

Fort Walton Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,734$36,464$28,435
Less Than 9th Grade$21,964$19,425$30,455
High School Graduate$26,611$30,643$22,522
Some College$31,789$37,569$27,387
Bachelors Degree$38,075$49,318$31,042
Graduate Degree$63,643$61,406$64,241

$31,734

Average Earnings

$36,464

Average Male

$28,435

Average Female

Fort Walton Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Walton Beach Language by Age

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Fort Walton Beach Language

86.68% of Fort Walton Beach residents speak only English, while 13.32% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.80% of the population.

Fort Walton Beach Language

Fort Walton Beach Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White15,0521,60110.64%
Black2,47055822.59%
Hispanic2,14442419.78%
Multiple1,13920317.82%
Asian97818819.22%
Other57517931.13%

13.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.30%

Male Poverty Rate

14.87%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Walton Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Walton Beach is Other, with 31.13% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Walton Beach is White, with 10.64% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.11%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.33%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.42%.

Fort Walton Beach Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.39%
High School11.15%
Some College8.80%
Bachelors or Greater5.34%

Fort Walton Beach Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed44.38%
Male Unemployed29.67%
Male Employed8.17%
Female Employed6.99%

Fort Walton Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Walton Beach Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$54,330$69,810
Families$68,382$86,012
Married Families$79,766-
Non Families$33,856$46,245
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Income by Household Type

Fort Walton Beach Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.0%

Male Marriage Rate

43.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Walton Beach Married by Age and Sex

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Fort Walton Beach Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Fort Walton Beach Marital Status by Race

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Fort Walton Beach Marital Status

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3,290

Number of Veterans

2,867

Male Veterans

423

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War1,369
Second Gulf War1,308
Vietnam973
Korea190
World War II69

Fort Walton Beach Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,088
55 to 64606
75+557
65 to 74543
18 to 34496

Fort Walton Beach Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,74220.08%
Black35218.61%
Hispanic23015.66%
2+ Races11120.07%
Asian566.48%
Other Race298.06%

Fort Walton Beach Veterans by Race

Fort Walton Beach Veterans by Education

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9.43%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.79%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Walton Beach Veterans by Education

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64.8%

Labor Force Participation

57%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Walton Beach Employment by Age

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Fort Walton Beach Employment by Race

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Fort Walton Beach Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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32.39%

Born in Fort Walton Beach

91.08%

Native Born

8.92%

Foreign Born

4.29%

Non Citizen

4.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.08% of Fort Walton Beach residents were born in the United States, with 32.39% having been born in Florida. 4.29% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Fort Walton Beach Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202123,0932861.25%
202022,8072861.27%
201922,5212861.29%
201822,2351870.85%
201722,0482181.00%
201621,8301580.73%
201521,6722551.19%
201421,4178984.38%
201320,5191870.92%
201220,3325532.80%
201119,7791660.85%
201019,613-360-0.18%
200019,973-1,498-0.72%
199021,4716420.30%
198020,8298350.41%
197019,9947,8475.11%
196012,1470.00%

Fort Walton Beach Population by Year