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Overview

Introduction to Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida, in Okaloosa county, is 43 miles E of Pensacola, Florida (center to center) and 216 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is in the Fort Walton Beach area.

Destin History

Destin has a rich historical heritage that dates back to the 7th century A.D. The city was named after fisherman Captain Leonard Destin who moved in this region from New London, Connecticut around 1845. He also pioneered the fishing industry of present day Destin. In 1984, the City of Destin was chartered as a municipality under the laws of the State of Florida.

Destin and Nearby Attractions

  • Florida's Gulfarium.
  • Indian Temple Mound Museum.
  • Old Destin Post Office.
  • Baytowne Golf Course.

Things To Do In Destin

Destin is known as the World's Luckiest Fishing Village, where you can enjoy deep-sea fishing. In addition, there are several other recreational facilities in the city like dinner and entertainment cruises, go-cart tracks, gulf front retreats, golf and tennis courts, snorkeling, diving, sea lion shows, marine life exhibits, performances by trained dolphins and camping/canoe trips. Destin is also known for the beautiful snow white colored sand on its beaches.

Destin Transportation

The closest airport to Destin is Fort Walton Beach/Valparaiso.

Destin Higher Education

Okaloosa-Walton Community College provides access to adult education.

People

Total Population 13,055
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,238
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $73,068
% Above Poverty Level 92.5%
% Below Poverty Level 7.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 30.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,301
Median House Value $274,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.1%
US/American 0.3%
English 9.8%
Irish 9.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Destin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles E of Pensacola, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 216 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Okaloosa
Metro Area Fort Walton Beach
Standard Zip Codes 32541, 32550
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32540
Phone Area Codes 850
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.393
Longitude -86.495

Destin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NICEVILLE
Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 61 F
Apr Temp 51 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 54 to 81 F
Annual Precip 69.2 inches
Station CRESTVIEW BOB SIKES AP
Distance 27 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 62 F
Apr Temp 53 to 79 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 63.9 inches
Station WHITING FIELD NAS
Distance 38.2 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 55 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 67.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Destin, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Sandestin (32550)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fort Walton Beach 20,767 $55,449
Freeport 2,346 $56,125
Mary Esther 4,109 $70,085
Niceville 13,929 $73,823
Shalimar 676 $88,750
Valparaiso 5,069 $75,483

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Destin Hospitals

SACRED HEART HOSPITAL AT THE EMERALD COAST
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
7800 US HWY 90 WEST
(850) 278-3600
Emergency Service: Yes

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