Destin, FL

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Living in Destin

Destin is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 14,247 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Destin is the 177th largest community in Florida.

Destin home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Destin real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Destin is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Destin is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Destin who work in management occupations (16.94%), sales jobs (15.50%), and food service (9.85%).

Also of interest is that Destin has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Destin telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.83% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Destin is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Destin’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Destin is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Destin is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of Destin ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Destin, 41.59% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Destin in 2018 was $45,324, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $181,296 for a family of four. However, Destin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Destin is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Destin home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Destin residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Destin include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

The most common language spoken in Destin is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.