Fort Walton Beach Real Estate Market Overview
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Location and Weather
Fort Walton Beach is located at the western end of Choctawhatchee Bay on Santa Rosa Sound. It’s separated from the gulf by Santa Rosa Island. It is 40 miles east of Pensacola. Known for its white sugar sand beaches and turquoise waters, Fort Walton Beach has been a tourist destination for many years.
The warm summer season is from May through September with an average high over 88 degrees and an average low of 76 degrees. The cool season is short at only three months from December to the beginning of March. High temperatures during that time are below 66 degrees during the day and an average low of 45 degrees at night.
Population, Job Market and Cost of Living
The population of Fort Walton Beach in 2017 was 21,895 with an annual growth rate of 0.95%. The job market has increased by 4.2% over last year. The ten year future growth is predicted to be 46.2%. The cost of living is low so this is contributing to the population increase. As you might expect, the main jobs are in Tourism. Other industries include retail trade and healthcare and social assistance.
With a low cost of living, beautiful white-sand beaches and steadily increasing job market, Fort Walton Beach continues to attract residents looking for a beach lifestyle.