Income/capita 6%
Household income 9%
Unemployment 3%
IndexFort Walton BeachFloridaNational
Income per capita$28,047$27,598$29,829
Median household income$50,091$48,900$55,322
Median income owner occupied$66,830$59,209$70,586
Median income renter occupied$31,710$34,622$35,192
Median earnings male$29,516$31,444$36,919
Median earnings female$23,309$25,332$26,250
Unemployment rate4.8%4.9%4.7%
Poverty level18.4%16.1%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Fort Walton Beach is 6% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Fort Walton Beach is 9% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Fort Walton Beach is 3% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Fort Walton Beach is 22% higher than the national average

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      Fort Walton Beach employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry12.3%1.5%
      Manufacturing sector5.2%2.4%
      Financial & insurance services2.7%4.5%
      Wholesale & retail services15.6%18.0%
      Public administration7.8%6.7%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.3%0.9%
      Education, health & social services6.7%23.6%

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      Shalimar, FL792$83,00050%
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      Destin, FL13,312$68,07823%
      Cinco Bayou, FL374$62,32113%
      Lake Lorraine, FL7,233$60,85310%
      Fort Walton Beach, FL21,238$50,0919%

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      Hutto, TX21,241$72,54331%
      Orchards, WA21,249$64,11716%
      Winter Gardens, CA21,255$61,20811%
      Charleston, IL21,257$27,00451%
      Decatur, GA21,210$81,59847%
      Fort Walton Beach, FL21,238$50,0919%
      Source: The Fort Walton Beach, FL employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).