Destin, FL
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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 13,523 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Destin is the 177th largest community in Florida.

Housing costs in Destin are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Florida.

Destin is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Destin is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Destin who work in management occupations (15.60%), sales jobs (13.77%), and office and administrative support (12.54%).

Another notable thing is that Destin is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

As is often the case in a small city, Destin doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The population of Destin is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.09% of adults in Destin have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Destin in 2010 was $39,252, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $157,008 for a family of four. However, Destin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 English, Irish, Italian, and French .

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