Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach is a seaside community in Okaloosa County, Florida bordered by the Santa Rosa Sound on the West and Choctawhatchee Bay and Cinco Bayou to the North. Founded in 1937, the city has a “small town” feel with the benefits of an urban community. The city is rich in Native American history dating back 14,000 years. The earliest permanent settlers began arriving not long after Florida became a territory in 1821. In 1861, John T Brooks purchased 111 acres in what is now downtown Fort Walton Beach and the area of Brooks Landing. Home to Eglin Airforce Base and Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach has a large community of active and retired military and their families. With the current expansion of The Brooks Bridge and the revitalization of Downtown district, Fort Walton continues to be a great place to call home.
FUN FACTS: Population: 20,922 (2020 Census). Elevation: 7 feet above sea level.
Cities located in Okaloosa County include Baker, Cinco Bayou, Destin, Lake Lorraine, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Okaloosa Island, Valparaiso & Ocean City