Small town living and big city amenities. Northwest Florida’s pristine white sand beaches draw millions of visitors from around the globe each year driving five-star dining, arts, museums and shopping that our residents get to enjoy every day of the year. Our cost of living is rated lower than the average for the U.S. while our number of beach days is much, much higher. Our moderate climate means outdoor activities year-round while our diverse landscape can take you from deep sea fishing to deep woods camping with just a short drive. Why not live where the world vacations?
Our quality of life makes Northwest Florida the perfect place to work, live, and play. Many of our residents settled here after visiting the area on vacation or while serving at one of the military bases giving Northwest Florida a diverse culture. Along with natural beauty, our amenities cater to global tourism, meaning world-class dining, shopping, festivals, and arts.
Northwest Florida’s housing market ranges from beachside condos to historic neighborhoods, walkable downtown living to rural acreage and everything in between, making it attractive to the diverse needs of all your employees. It’s also a haven for executives, many of whom have primary residences or second homes in the area.
Beaches, sunshine, high style, and down-home attitude – plus zero state income tax – make it easy to recruit quality employees.
Northwest Florida’s public schools are consistently rated the best in the state. Students and families have a wide range of options of programs and focus throughout the K-12 system.Northwest Florida’s State and Community Colleges work with industry to create programs that quickly adapt to changing workforce needs, and advanced training opportunities are available at highly specialized institutions. Read more.
From housing to utilities to groceries to healthcare, Northwest Florida newcomers are often pleasantly surprised to see how far their dollar will go in the panhandle. Housing in Pensacola, Escambia County, for example, costs about 66 percent of the national average, while Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, is at 80 percent of the national average. Costs are at or below the national average for most cost-of-living categories across the region. And as a budget bonus, no state individual income tax.
Northwest Florida’s average high temperatures remain in the 60s and 70 throughout the winter months and hit 90 during July and August. The region’s diverse landscape includes beaches, small towns, cities and rural areas giving residents virtually unlimited choices of communities. The moderate temperatures also mean year-round gardening and fresh local produce all winter long.
Along Northwest Florida's Gulf coast, you're only a short drive from white sand beaches or wooded state parks. The temperate climate means the outdoors are open year-round for sports and adventure. The area is known for its world-class golf courses and deep-sea fishing. Boating, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding are popular on local rivers, bays and bayous and many communities offer opportunities for team sports and tennis.
Northwest Florida is served by several renowned healthcare systems which have partnerships with other top medical facilities around the country. Healthcare options include Baptist Health Care system, Sacred Heart Health System, West Florida Healthcare system, Gulf Coast Medical in Bay County, Santa Rosa Medical Center in Santa Rosa County and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Okaloosa County along with countless clinics, rehabilitation centers and specialists. Wherever you live in Northwest Florida, there is a network of quality healthcare providers ready to serve you.
Florida’s Great Northwest is here to provide you the practical, on-the-ground resources and support you need for your business location/expansion project. From incentives to site selection to workforce development, we’ve got the expertise and connections to help your business be even more competitive with a Northwest Florida location.