Walton County

Walton County is a large county that stretches from the Alabama border to the Gulf of Mexico, providing a diverse landscape that marries business opportunities with an unparalleled quality of life.

Walton County’s 26 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, four state parks and family-oriented communities mean it’s also a great place to live.

The area is world-renowned for its “New Urbanism” beach communities such as Seaside and Watercolor. Historic homes in small cities provide access to all necessities and a casual pace of life. Planned communities feature views of the Gulf or Chocktawhatchee Bay and often include recreational facilities, bike paths and nature trails. The Gulf, the Bay and numerous lakes and waterways provide opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boating.



Top Assets

  • Fully-developed industrial parks and enterprise zones.
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in neighboring Bay County
  • One of ten counties in the Northwest Florida Rural Area of Opportunity eligible to offer additional incentives to new and expanding industries through Opportunity Florida.
  • DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport is a Florida First Certified SIte
  • Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in adjacent Okaloosa County
  • Florida Gulf & Atlantic rail
  • Interstate 10
  • Barge port in Freeport
  • Proximity to Port Panama City, a deepwater port which serves as a Foreign Trade Zone
  • Coastal communities offer miles of pristine white sand beaches, acres of lakes and state forests, and endless art galleries, shops and restaurants
  • World-renowned for its “New Urbanism” beach communities such as Seaside and Watercolor

Walton County Economic Development Alliance

Uriah Matthews
76 North Sixth Street
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

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