Destin, Florida

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Destin, Florida

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. There are 11,119 residents in Destin.

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.

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High Points

Destin strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 12% Destin Low Rate of Poverty
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 13% Destin Short Commute Times
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 13% Destin People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Destin Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 17% Destin Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 18% Destin Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Destin, Florida

Comparing Destin to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 7
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Senior Citizens 8 5
Racial Diversity 4 2
Female Share of the Population 1 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 7
Average Household Size 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
Median Family Income 8 9
People Above Poverty 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 8
Short Commute Times 7 9
Working at Home 7 6
Public Transportation Use 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
People Living Alone 5 5
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 2

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Destin Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 11,119 100%
Male 5,610 50.5%
Female 5,509 49.5%
Under 18 2,158 19.4%
18+ 8,961 80.6%
65+ 1,889 17%
Median Age 42.4
Average Family Size 2.72
White 10,698 96.2%
African-American 41 0.4%
Asian 115 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 44 0.4%
Other 41 0.4%
Mixed Race 171 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 296 2.7%

Estimated Destin Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,423
Growth 1,304
Growth % 11.7%

Destin Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 14.7%
US/American 14.6%
German 13.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
Irish 10.7%
Italian 6.8%
Scottish 4.3%
French (except Basque) 4%
Scotch-Irish 3.7%
Polish 2.5%
Dutch 2.1%
Greek 1.4%
Norwegian 1.4%
Swedish 1.2%
Russian 0.8%
European 0.8%
French Canadian 0.6%
Lebanese 0.6%
British 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Welsh 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Belgian 0.4%
Acadian/Cajun 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Destin 11,119 $60,498
Fort Walton Beach 19,973 $45,791
Freeport 1,190 $33,214
Mary Esther 4,055 $47,917
Niceville 11,684 $51,627
Shalimar 718 $70,250
Valparaiso 6,408 $46,411

Destin Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
7800 US HWY 90 WEST
(850) 278-3600
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Destin

(As of 2005)
Destin Commons
755 Grand Blvd
Sandestin Baytowne
9000 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, #BB-4
Sandestine Marketplace
9375 Highway 98 W, Suite 6
Target Destin T-2085
853 Highway 98 E

Wal-mart in Destin

(As of 2006)
15017 Emerald Coast Pkwy
(850) 650-0341
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