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Fort Walton Beach is a city in Okaloosa County.

The community was named after the fort, which was named after Col. George Walton.

The latitude of Fort Walton Beach is 30.405N. The longitude is -86.618W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 19,936.


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Median household income
Local
$40,153
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Fort Walton Beach demographic reports
Fort Walton Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico, in the Panhandle.
Public transportation: Okaloosa County Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 122. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 6 per 1,000 people.
In a 2006 study, AllBusiness named Fort Walton Beach - Crestview - Destin as the No. 9 best metro for women entrepreneurs.

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Local festivals include:
  • Northwest Florida Fair - Nov. 2-11, 2007
  • Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival - June 2-4, 2007
Dates often change. Check Fort Walton Beach web sites and events links in the sections below.
Fort Walton Beach attractions: Gulfarium
Historic sites and museums: Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Heritage Park and Cultural Center, Fort Walton Beach Art Museum

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Fort Walton Beach demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Okaloosa County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Fort Walton Beach area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 32569 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Fort Walton Beach residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fort Walton Beach ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fort Walton Beach was $21,085, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

21% of Fort Walton Beach residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Fort Walton Beach, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $482.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $803.


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Libraries in Fort Walton Beach include Fort Walton Beach Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Fort Walton Beach include Northwest Florida Daily News

TV stations in Fort Walton Beach include WAWD, WFGX, WPAN.

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Okaloosa County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fort Walton Beach political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Fort Walton Beach workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Fort Walton Beach between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Fort Walton Beach include Best Inn Fort Walton Beach, Best Western, Cayo Grande Suites, Days Inn, Econo Lodge Fort Walton Beach, Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Hampton Inn Fort Walton Beach, Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Quality Inn, Ramada Plaza Beach Resort ... More hotels.

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