Fort Walton Beach, Florida is considered the "Treasure of the Emerald Coast." With a low population and plenty of white sand beaches, Fort Walton Beach offers several kinds of interesting places to live. Single family homes, townhouses, and apartments make up most of what is available inland, while condos and high-rise apartments make up the luxurious shoreline living. Whether living here full or part time, Fort Walton Beach is a great place to live year round.
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Stretched out over less than 8 miles in northern Florida, Fort Walton Beach's population is made up primarily of married couples and families of all ages. The area is known for its resort-style living, the busiest times of the year being the summers. Home to just over 20,000 residents, the area has plenty to do and see. Downtown is not only great for unique shopping and eating, but for cultural enrichment at the Heritage Park and Cultural Center. Uptown offers premier shopping and a place for kids to play at Central Park. Museums like the Air Force Armament Museum are located throughout the area. Attractions like the Emerald Coast Dirt & Vert, an extreme sports facility, can be found for the most adventurous of residents. Those who want to do a little learning can visit the Emerald Coast Science Center.
Fort Walton Beach is not just a beach town. The coastal area boasts rich history and military life. Home to two Air Force bases, Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach is home to many military personnel. Military contractors and the service industry benefit directly from these two bases. However, employment in the military or government is not the only thing available to those planning a move to the area. Seasonal employment can always be found in the tourism and hospitality industries during summer time, and employment in the area generally covers service providers, retail and sales, office work, and other types of professional work. To get to work or to play, the area provides a popular transit system, and Brooks Bridge will take you from downtown Fort Walton Beach to Okaloosa Island, Destin, and Pensacola. Education is important in the area, as well, with higher than average school ratings. Private and specialty schools are available for students who need something a little bit different. Whether you are looking for your primary residence or secondary summer home, Fort Walton Beach offers the luxury of coastal living with a small-town feel.