FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND

The panhandle location makes for beautiful summers in Fort Walton Beach.

Overview for FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND, FL

20,805 people live in FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND, where the median age is 39.5 and the average individual income is $32,350. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,805

Total Population

39.5 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$32,350

Average individual Income

Welcome to Fort Walton Beach/Okaloosa Island

 
A beach lover's paradise — and so much more!
 
If you think about white sandy beaches and pristine blue-green waters at the mention of luxury living, you may want to check out Fort Walton Beach. This relatively small city on the Florida Panhandle with Okaloosa Island immediately adjacent offers its residents and visitors plenty of scenery, great weather, and activities. Approximately 21,000 people call Fort Walton Beach home.
 
The panhandle location makes for beautiful summers in Fort Walton Beach. The temperatures usually stay in the eighties, and while relatively humid, you will also enjoy the ocean breezes. The winters typically see high temperatures in the sixties, and the thermometer rarely falls below freezing.
 
Homes in Fort Walton Beach cater to families, young professionals, and retirees. Homes vary from single-family to condo units, many with an airy, beachy feel.

What to Love

 
  • Plenty of green and blue spaces
  • The relaxed atmosphere
  • Family-friendly
  • Affordable living

Local Lifestyle

 
Most people living in Fort Walton Beach share a passion for nature, especially the fantastic beaches on the panhandle and off Okaloosa Island. Though much of the area may qualify as suburban, the pride in the community and home ownership gives the city a unique charm and a small-town vibe.
 
Water sports enthusiasts enjoy the area, but Fort Walton Beach also offers plenty of other activities for families and retirees. With two military bases nearby, many military families live in the area. Fort Walton Beach also provides high-rate schools for young families.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 
Whatever kind of food you're craving, there's a restaurant in Fort Walton Beach that will satisfy you. One of the favorite places in the area serves tapas and wine. Taste Tapas and Wine Bar aim to give its patrons a genuine culinary adventure. They only use the freshest ingredients, and the knowledgeable staff will help make your dining experience memorable.
 
Another terrific place to try offers delicious French food and mouthwatering desserts. Head on over to the Bay French Café, where you'll enjoy fabulous views along with your handcrafted food. If you love Italian fare, check out Clemenza's for all your favorite dishes and an impressive wine list.

If you need to do heavy-duty shopping, nearby Destin offers plenty of places to meet your every need. Right in Fort Walton Beach, you will find some unique places. D'France Antiques provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with indoor inventory, an outdoor flea market, and various special events. It's a great place to shop for home furnishings and gifts.
 
You could spend a week at Uptown Station and not run out of things to do. It offers retail stores, restaurants, and family-fun activities such as outdoor movies. 

Things to Do

 
As if Fort Walton Beach's natural surroundings weren't enough to keep you entertained, you'll find plenty of other ways to spend your leisure time. The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island will keep the entire family happy for hours. It surrounds you with breathtaking scenery and offers plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, such as the daily Pirate shows.

While on Okaloosa Island, don't miss Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. At Gulfarium, you'll get the chance to greet penguins, dolphins, and alligators. The Indian Mound Temple Museum displays a wide array of Native American Artifacts. And World War II history buffs will appreciate spending time at the Air Force Armament Museum.
 
 

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Demographics and Employment Data for FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND, FL

FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND has 8,775 households, with an average household size of 2.33. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,805 people call FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND home. The population density is 2,722.27 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,805

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

39.5

Median Age

51.09 / 48.91%

Men vs Women

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8,775

Total Households

2.33

Average Household Size

$32,350

Average individual Income

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Schools in FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND, FL

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The following schools are within or nearby FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Around FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND, FL

There's plenty to do around FORT WALTON BEACH / OKALOOSA ISLAND, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including El Torreonense, Kevin Mathis Martial Arts, and Destin Excursions.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 1.13 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.49 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.4 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.69 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.62 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.33 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars

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