Fort Walton Beach is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 21,817 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Walton Beach is the 131st largest community in Florida.
Fort Walton Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Walton Beach is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Walton Beach who work in office and administrative support (14.10%), food service (11.60%), and sales jobs (11.47%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Fort Walton Beach. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
One of the nice things about Fort Walton Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The education level of Fort Walton Beach citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.23% of adults in Fort Walton Beach have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fort Walton Beach in 2010 was $27,049, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,196 for a family of four. However, Fort Walton Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Fort Walton Beach is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fort Walton Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Walton Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Fort Walton Beach include English, Irish, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Fort Walton Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Thai.