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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fort Walton Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Walton Beach is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Walton Beach who work in office and administrative support (13.15%), food service (12.26%), and sales jobs (11.24%).
Fort Walton Beach is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Fort Walton Beach, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
Fort Walton Beach 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.
The citizens of Fort Walton Beach are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.85% of adults in Fort Walton Beach having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Fort Walton Beach in 2010 was $26,914, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,656 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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Fort Walton Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Thai.