Fort Walton Beach, FL

Population: 21,238

Key findings

  • Fort Walton Beach has a Livability Score of 79/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Fort Walton Beach crime rates are 9% higher than the Florida average
  • Cost of living in Fort Walton Beach is 3% lower than the Florida average
  • Fort Walton Beach real estate prices are 2% lower than the Florida average
  • Rental prices in Fort Walton Beach are 9% lower than the Florida average

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      Best I’ve even known
      I’ll keep this brief but living in Fort Walton Beach is simply amazing. I don’t know how Destin could possibly rank where they do because I wouldn’t live there even if the housing were free. Traffic there is ridiculous to the point of being unlivable. Fort Walton is mostly off of highway 98 so traffic isn’t bad at all and they have everything you need to actually live such as shopping and businesses of every type needed along with easy access to the water from every direction. Restaurants are everywhere and the people are friendly. Living expense here is reasonable for Florida standards and way lower than Destin. I can afford to live anywhere and I choose here.
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      Life's a beach
      We lived at Fort Walton Beach for a year and enjoyed our time there. Attraction wise you have the beach, museums near Eglin AFB, some historical sites to visit, parks, put put golf, dolphin tours, go karts, and an Aquarium just a short 5 or 10 minuet drive away to name a few. The beach its self offers a lot to do if you want to boat, ski, fish, surf, or just lay in the sun. You also have a choice in beaches there are several bays out here which give you a more calmer water if your looking for that. They also have beaches without buildings in the background on Okaloosa Island. There are wildlife sites all over the beach too if you want to watch marine life. The community is a little different. A lot of the people here are not locals and you have a lot of tourist come the summer months but people are still friendly. There is a huge nightlife in the area. There are bars, clubs, and events that cater to crowds year round. It seems there is more of a nightlife in the summer months though. There are tons of places to eat as well. You have the typical fast food restaurants and a few sit down places. If you head over to Destin Beach (15 or 20 minuet drive) there are even more places to eat. Don't let the drive scare you it is really not that bad and its a very scenic drive across Okaloosa island. Shopping in Fort Walton depends on what your looking for. They have a few shops and places and grocery stores and a walmart. The mall and Target are technically in Mary Ester but you would not even realize it unless you looked at the address or noticed the "welcome to" sign. In Destin they have even more including high end stores. The entire time we lived in Fort Walton we only went to Destin to go to PetSmart one time. (They do have pet stores in Fort Walton though).
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      Source: The Fort Walton Beach, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).