Walton is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.  Its population grew more than 30 per cent between the censuses of 2000 and 2010, when it stood at 55,043.  The surge of new development following the recent recession, coupled with military deployments at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlbert Field, has pushed the county's population to an estimated 58,000 by 2013.  

Despite recent growth, Walton's population density is about 5 times lower than the State average, with rural residents making up about 55 per cent of the populace.  Other residents live in the three municipalities of DeFuniak Springs, Freeport and Paxton, as well as the unincorporated South Walton area near the beaches.  

Home ownership is enjoyed by roughly 79 per cent of families, significantly higher than the State average of 70 per cent.  The average age of Walton County residents is 40 years, but more than 20 per cent of the County's population is younger than 18 years.  

Walton County consists of 1238 square miles, which includes 180 square miles of water, primarily Chocktawhatchee Bay. Twenty per cent of the County's land area is part of Eglin Air Force Base.  

  • Defuniak Springs

    DeFuniak Springs is Walton County's seat of government, including the County courthouse, administrative offices and various departments such as planning & development, public works and information systems.  This community of approximately 6,000 residents has over 200 structures listed on...

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  • Freeport

    Freeport is truly the crossroads of Walton County and is poised for significant development.  Situated along the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay only 25 minutes from the Beaches of South Walton, Freeport has maritime roots that continue to support a thriving barge port today.  The cit...

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  • Paxton

    Nestled just south of the Alabama state line in the northernmost part of Walton County, the city of Paxton straddles busy US Highway 331, the primary route from the midwest and midsouth to the Emerald Coast beaches.  This community is home to the highest point in the state of...

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  • Beaches of South Walton

    Walton County's visitor based economy is heavily rooted in the diverse beach communities of the Emerald Coast.  Scenic Highway 30-A winds along for the Gulf for 25 miles and showcases a vast variety of beach towns, each of which has its own district personality.  From the world reno...

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