Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Population

21,368

0.612% growth

Poverty Rate

16.4%


Median Age

40.9


Median Household Income

$52,107

4.02% growth

Number of Employees

10,057

0.396% decline

Median Property Value

$166,700

1.58% growth

About

In 2017, Fort Walton Beach, FL had a population of 21.4k people with a median age of 40.9 and a median household income of $52,107. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fort Walton Beach, FL grew from 21,238 to 21,368, a 0.612% increase and its median household income grew from $50,091 to $52,107, a 4.02% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fort Walton Beach, FL are White (Non-Hispanic) (73.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (11%), White (Hispanic) (5.7%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.14%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (3.11%). N/A% of the people in Fort Walton Beach, FL speak a non-English language, and 96.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fort Walton Beach, FL are Okaloosa Technical College (99 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Fort Walton Beach, FL is $166,700, and the homeownership rate is 56.3%. Most people in Fort Walton Beach, FL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Walton Beach, FL is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Fort Walton Beach, FL employs 10.1k people. The largest industries in Fort Walton Beach, FL are Retail Trade (1,471 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,434 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (916 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($60,993), Information ($57,589), and Transportation & Warehousing ($50,046).

Median household income in Fort Walton Beach, FL is $52,107. Males in Fort Walton Beach, FL have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,078. The income inequality in Fort Walton Beach, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,107

2017 value

± $2,816

4.02%

1 Year Growth

± 8.59%

Households in Fort Walton Beach, FL have a median annual income of $52,107, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,091 in 2016, which represents a 4.02% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,931

Average Male Salary

± $842

$44,078

Average Female Salary

± $574

In 2017, full-time male employees in Florida made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,227 ± $3,227

  2. Alaska Native

    $50,175 ± $47,169

  3. White

    $47,927 ± $556

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Florida workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Alaska Native workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fort Walton Beach, FL is from Florida.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Florida was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.259% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Florida across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 217

  2. Census Tract 228

  3. Census Tract 226

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Walton Beach, FL was Census Tract 217 with a value of $64,223, followed by Census Tract 228 and Census Tract 226, with respective values of $38,256 and $32,143.

The following map shows all of the places in Fort Walton Beach, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females < 5

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Walton Beach, FL (3.44k out of 20.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females < 5, followed by Males 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    2,127 ± 297

  2. Black

    681 ± 211

  3. Hispanic

    521 ± 177

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fort Walton Beach, FL is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

10.1k

2017 Value

± 630

-0.396%

1 Year decline

± 9.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Walton Beach, FL declined at a rate of -0.396%, from 10.1k employees to 10.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Walton Beach, FL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,341 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,248 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,093 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fort Walton Beach, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fort Walton Beach, FL, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,341 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,248 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,093 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fort Walton Beach, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.24 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.86 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fort Walton Beach, FL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($97,976), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($79,479), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($77,604).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10.1k

2017 Value

± 630

-0.396%

1 Year decline

± 9.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Walton Beach, FL declined at a rate of -0.396%, from 10.1k employees to 10.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Walton Beach, FL, are Retail Trade (1,471 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,434 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (916 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fort Walton Beach, FL, though some of these residents may live in Fort Walton Beach, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fort Walton Beach, FL, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,471 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,434 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (916 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fort Walton Beach, FL has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (2.57 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.56 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.87 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fort Walton Beach, FL, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($60,993), Information ($57,589), and Transportation & Warehousing ($50,046).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $63.5B

  2. $51.6B

  3. $41.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $63.5B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($51.6B) and Electronics ($41.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Florida products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$497B

2020 Value

$714B

Projected 2045 Value

43.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound Florida trade was $497B. This is expected to increase 43.6% to $714B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Florida trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $19.5B

  2. $16.6B

  3. $11.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $19.5B, followed by Texas with $16.6B and California and $11.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Florida shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

82.3% of the population of Fort Walton Beach, FL has health coverage, with 26.7% on employee plans, 16.3% on Medicaid, 7.7% on Medicare, 23.4% on non-group plans, and 8.2% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Fort Walton Beach, FL was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in Fort Walton Beach, FL see 1242 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.94% decrease from the previous year (1293 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1281 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 680 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.9%). Additionally, Liberty County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,242 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Okaloosa County, FL see an average of 1,242 patients per year. This represents a 3.94% decrease from the previous year (1,293 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Okaloosa County, FL in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,076

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,606

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,175

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,229

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Florida (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,688 to $8,076.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

17.7%

Uninsured

26.7%

Employer Coverage

16.3%

Medicaid

7.7%

Medicare

23.4%

Non-Group

8.2%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Walton Beach, FL declined by 4.27% from 18.5% to 17.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fort Walton Beach, FL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.9% prevalence

  2. 15.8% prevalence

  3. 15.5% prevalence

Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 16.9%.

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Diversity

Fort Walton Beach, FL is home to a population of 21.4k people, from which 96.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.79% of Fort Walton Beach, FL residents were born outside of the country (1.45k people).

In 2017, there were 6.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.6k people) in Fort Walton Beach, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.35k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.22k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.7

50

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fort Walton Beach, FL was 40.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Fort Walton Beach, FL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Fort Walton Beach, FL residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.79%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.45k people

6.71%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.43k people

As of 2017, 6.79% of Fort Walton Beach, FL residents (1.45k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fort Walton Beach, FL was 6.71%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Cuba

    951,787 ± 23,383 people

  2. Haiti

    321,904 ± 13,819 people

  3. Mexico

    272,262 ± 12,724 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 951,787 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 321,904 and Mexico with 272,262.

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Citizenship

96.5%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.5% of Fort Walton Beach, FL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Walton Beach, FL was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fort Walton Beach, FL

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    15.6k ± 572

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    2.35k ± 363

  3. White (Hispanic)

    1.22k ± 345

In 2017, there were 6.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.6k people) in Fort Walton Beach, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.35k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.22k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Fort Walton Beach, FL as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    948 ± 189

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    887 ± 229

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    590 ± 144

Fort Walton Beach, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.07 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Fort Walton Beach, FL awarded 99 degrees. The student population of Fort Walton Beach, FL is skewed towards women, with 137 male students and 179 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fort Walton Beach, FL are White (79 and 79.8%), followed by Black or African American (14 and 14.1%), Hispanic or Latino (6 and 6.06%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Fort Walton Beach, FL by number of degrees awarded are Okaloosa Technical College (99 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Fort Walton Beach, FL are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (31 and 31.3%), General Cosmetology (16 and 16.2%), and Electrician (14 and 14.1%).

The median tuition costs in Fort Walton Beach, FL are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 14 degrees awarded

  2. 31 degrees awarded

  3. 16 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Fort Walton Beach, FL was Electrician with 14 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Fort Walton Beach, FL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

99 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Fort Walton Beach, FL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Okaloosa Technical College with 99 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

53

Degrees Awarded to Men

46

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 53 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fort Walton Beach, FL, which is 1.15 times more than the 46 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    79 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    14 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    6 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fort Walton Beach, FL were to White students. These 79 degrees mean that there were 5.64 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 14 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Walton Beach, FL was $166,700 in 2017, which is 0.726 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $164,100 to $166,700, a 1.58% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Walton Beach, FL is 56.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fort Walton Beach, FL have an average commute time of 18.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fort Walton Beach, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$166,700

2017 Median

± $7,119

$164,100

2016 Median

± $7,447

In 2017, the median property value in Fort Walton Beach, FL grew to to $166,700 from the previous year's value of $164,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fort Walton Beach, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Walton Beach, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$52,107

Median Household Income

± $2,816

9.13k

Number of Households

± 575

In 2017, the median household income of the 9.13k households in Fort Walton Beach, FL grew to $52,107 from the previous year's value of $50,091.

The following chart displays the households in Fort Walton Beach, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fort Walton Beach, FL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Walton Beach, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

56.3%

2017 Homeownership

54.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.3% of the housing units in Fort Walton Beach, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 54.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fort Walton Beach, FL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Walton Beach, FL have a shorter commute time (18.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.27% of the workforce in Fort Walton Beach, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.81%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.35%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fort Walton Beach, FL was Drove Alone (83.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.81%) and those who Worked At Home (2.35%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fort Walton Beach, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fort Walton Beach, FL have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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