Fort Walton Beach, Florida Population 2020

22,740

Fort Walton Beach is a city located in Florida. With a 2020 population of 22,740, 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 1.01% annually and its population has increased by 16.57% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 19,507 in 2010. Spanning over 8 miles, Fort Walton Beach has a population density of 2,973 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Walton Beach is $64,577 with a poverty rate of 16.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $956 per month, and the median house value is $179,600. The median age in Fort Walton Beach is 40.2 years, 37.3 years for males, and 43.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 99.9 males.

Fort Walton Beach Demographics

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

  • White: 75.64%
  • Black or African American: 11.91%
  • Two or more races: 5.56%
  • Asian: 3.59%
  • Other race: 3.10%
  • Native American: 0.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Fort Walton Beach, Florida is 22,740, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 22,284.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 19,507.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020292,0146,6852.29%
2019285,3296,6852.34%
2018278,6446,6852.40%
2017271,9596,2892.31%
2016265,6704,7831.80%
2015260,8875,0711.94%
2014255,8163,9331.54%
2013251,8834,9361.96%
2012246,9478,2693.35%
2011238,6782,7521.15%
2010235,9260.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White16,52475.64%
Black or African American2,60111.91%
Two or More Races1,2155.56%
Asian7853.59%
Some Other Race6783.10%
American Indian and Alaska Native420.19%

Fort Walton Beach Population Pyramid 2020

Fort Walton Beach Median Age

40.2


Total

37.3


Male

43.5


Female

Fort Walton Beach Adults

There are 17,601 adults, (3,974 of whom are seniors) in Fort Walton Beach.

Fort Walton Beach Age Dependency

60.3

Age Dependency Ratio

29.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Walton Beach Sex Ratio

Female

10,926

50.02%

Male

10,919

49.98%

Fort Walton Beach Households and Families

Fort Walton Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fort Walton Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.2%24.8%
All57.2%42.8%
Non Family47.8%52.2%
Female45.7%54.3%
Male29.4%70.6%

57.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,3212.2957.2
Non Family3,9761.1947.8
Married3,6502.9375.2
Female1,1513.445.7
Male5443.5929.4

2.98

Average Family Size

2.29

Average Household Size

6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Walton Beach Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5213.31%
9th to 12th Grade9696.16%
High School Graduate4,02925.61%
Some College4,36627.75%
Associates Degree1,78311.33%
Bachelors Degree2,45315.59%
Graduate Degree1,61410.26%

Fort Walton Beach Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White11,69310,9783,516
Black1,7501,515229
Hispanic1,4051,057201
Asian65852191
Other Race45923538
Multiple Races32626354
Native American4242

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 white people with a rate of 30.07%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,139$32,176$27,558
Less Than High School$19,333$18,100$25,313
High School Grad$26,014$30,706$18,750
Some College$29,315$31,572$27,576
Bachelors Degree$36,329$47,738$33,225
Graduate Degree$71,065$86,513$59,250

$30,139

Average Earnings

$32,176

Average Male

$27,558

Average Female

Fort Walton Beach Language

Fort Walton Beach Language by Age

Fort Walton Beach Language

87.14% of Fort Walton Beach residents speak only English, while 12.86% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.89% of the population.

Fort Walton Beach Poverty

Fort Walton Beach Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White14,9521,90112.71%
Black2,49868127.26%
Hispanic2,23362327.90%
Multiple1,19530425.44%
Other67826539.09%
Asian77813617.48%

16.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.76%

Male Poverty Rate

17.48%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Walton Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Walton Beach is Other, with 39.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Walton Beach is White, with 12.71% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.80%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.75%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.77%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.80%
High School14.18%
Some College10.02%
Bachelors or Greater5.43%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed56.16%
Male Unemployed29.49%
Male Employed9.70%
Female Employed7.09%

Fort Walton Beach Income

Fort Walton Beach Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,666$64,577
Families$58,529$77,879
Married Families$74,766-
Non Families$32,308$44,093

Fort Walton Beach Marital Status

Fort Walton Beach Marital Status

Marriage Rates

44.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.5%

Male Marriage Rate

43.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Walton Beach Married by Age and Sex

Fort Walton Beach Marriage

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

Fort Walton Beach Marital Status by Race

Fort Walton Beach Veterans

3,105

Number of Veterans

2,699

Male Veterans

406

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War1,201
Second Gulf War1,105
Vietnam1,004
Korea218
World War II61
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,72720.30%
Black28214.51%
Hispanic17311.78%
2 or More6114.56%
Asian192.90%
Other163.32%

$Fort Walton Beach Veterans by Education

9.20%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.08%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Walton Beach Employment Status

64.2%

Labor Force Participation

57%

Employment Rate

6.1%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Walton Beach Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

33.39%

Born in Florida

91.66%

Native Born

8.34%

Foreign Born

4.48%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.66% of Fort Walton Beach residents were born in the United States, with 33.39% having been born in Florida. 4.48% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202022,7402281.01%
201922,5122281.02%
201822,2842100.95%
201722,0742281.04%
201621,8461690.78%
201521,6772611.22%
201421,4169014.39%
201320,5151880.92%
201220,3275532.80%
201119,7741650.84%
201019,609-364-0.18%
200019,973-1,498-0.72%
199021,4716420.30%
198020,8298350.41%
197019,9947,8475.11%
196012,1470.00%