Mary Esther, Florida

Coordinates: 30°24′44″N 86°39′33″W / 30.41222°N 86.65917°W / 30.41222; -86.65917
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Mary Esther, Florida
Mary Esther City Hall, September 2014.
Mary Esther City Hall, September 2014.
"A Growing Community "
Location in Okaloosa County and the state of Florida
Location in Okaloosa County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°24′44″N 86°39′33″W / 30.41222°N 86.65917°W / 30.41222; -86.65917
Country United States
State Florida
County Okaloosa
 • TypeMunicipality
 • MayorChristopher Stein
 • Mayor Pro TemLarry Carter
 • CouncilmemberApril Sutton
 • CouncilmemberBernie Oder
 • CouncilmemberSusan Coxwell
 • Total1.46 sq mi (3.79 km2)
 • Land1.46 sq mi (3.77 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Total3,982
 • Density2,736.77/sq mi (1,056.63/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code850
FIPS code12-43375[2]
GNIS feature ID0286480[3]

Mary Esther is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. The population was 3,851 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fort Walton BeachCrestviewDestin Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Mary Esther gets its name from its first postmaster, John Newton, who named it for his daughters.[4]


Mary Esther is located at 30°24′44″N 86°39′33″W / 30.412266°N 86.659044°W / 30.412266; -86.659044.[5]

U.S. Route 98 is the main route through the city, leading east 4 mi (6 km) to Fort Walton Beach and west 37 mi (60 km) to Pensacola.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all land.


Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. This climate type is found on the eastern sides of the continents between 20° and 35° N and S latitude. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

At the 2000 census there were 4,055 people in 1,623 households, including 1,147 families, in the city. The population density was 2,635.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,017.4/km2). There were 1,732 housing units at an average density of 1,125.5 per square mile (434.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.65% White, 6.46% African American, 0.96% Native American, 3.77% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 3.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.09%.[2]

Of the 1,623 households 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 21.7% of households were one person and 7.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.93.

The age distribution was 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median household income was $42,647 and the median family income was $47,917. Males had a median income of $31,030 versus $20,319 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,488. About 4.1% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.


The idea of a public library was first proposed on February 4, 1974, to the then Mayor Tom Pryor. The library was first named the Mary Esther Community Library. It was run by volunteers and not tax supported. The original building was only 585 square feet, with annual fees ranging from $1.00 per person to $5.00 for a family. The building was later able to get an expansion to 810 square feet. The Mary Esther Community Library was then renamed in October 1976 to the current name of the Mary Esther Public Library. In 1988 when the space for the library was deemed too small, the Friends of the Library group created a petition for the citizens calling on the City Council to build a newer, bigger library. On February 6, 1989, the City Council approved the new site and size of the library. While the new library was being built the state of Florida also elected to give $175,000 dollars in matching funds to help with construction. Ground was broken on February 28, 1991, and the new Mary Esther Public Library opened to the public on March 9, 1992. Throughout the history of the Mary Esther Public Library there was talk of an Okaloosa County Library System, but it was repeatedly denied.[8] The Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative eventually formed in 1997 with Mary Esther as one of the member libraries.[9] The library received its most recent renovation in 2004 after receiving a $350,000 grant, adding an additional 2,000 square feet.[10]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "City of Mary Esther, Florida - About Us". Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Mary Esther, Florida Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mary Esther Public Library". Retrieved November 20, 2021.
  9. ^ "Document Center • Destin, FL • CivicEngage". Retrieved November 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "About Us | Mary Esther, FL". Retrieved November 26, 2021.

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