Fort Walton Beach, FloridaFort Walton Beach is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 19,973.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.3 km² (8.2 mi²). 19.3 km² (7.4 mi²) of it is land and 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 9.26% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 19,973 people, 8,460 households, and 5,422 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,036.5/km² (2,683.0/mi²). There are 9,007 housing units at an average density of 467.4/km² (1,209.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 78.84% White, 13.34% African American, 0.45% Native American, 2.72% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 3.36% from two or more races. 4.04% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 8,460 households out of which 26.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% are married couples living together, 12.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% are non-families. 28.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.33 and the average family size is 2.85.
In the city the population is spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $40,153, and the median income for a family is $45,791. Males have a median income of $29,709 versus $21,641 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,085. 9.9% of the population and 7.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.2% are under the age of 18 and 4.1% are 65 or older.