Quality of Life

Arts & Culture

Performing arts, cultural and arts festivals, high energy concerts, serene galleries and museums – they can all be found in Okaloosa County!  Mattie Kelly Arts Center (MKAC) at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville features two fine art galleries, a theater-in-the-round, a 3,500 capacity amphitheater, a music wing  and a 1,650 seat mainstage theater that is home to the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.  MKAC is also the site for regular performances by renowned Broadway productions and legendary entertainers.   The Northwest Florida Ballet in Fort Walton Beach has been a cultural mainstay for more than 50 years, providing artistic interpretations of beloved pieces such as The Nutcracker.  Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) operates the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, providing a central location to celebrate cultural arts in Destin.  MKAF’s Concerts in the Village, cited as of the Top 10 Things to do in Northwest Florida by the Florida Travel Guide, consistently draws regional and national acts for a Thursday evening outdoor concert series held every Spring.  MKAF also hosts the annual Festival of the Arts every Fall.  For those who prefer the festival scene, Fort Walton Beach’s Billy Bowlegs Festival, held annually since 1953, is truly Okaloosa’s time to cut loose.  Other noteworthy festivals include the Destin Charity Wine Auction in April, Smoke on the Coast (barbecue festival) in July and the Destin Seafood Festival in October.  Hungry anyone?


Excellent Healthcare choices with Quality Physicians, Private Practices, Medical Centers and Hospitals. Okaloosa  offers complete care in all branches of medical services from family medical, chiropractic, optical and dental services to specialty physicians and surgeons.

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Given Destin’s recent ranking as Florida’s second most sought after destination for visitors traveling by automobile, it should come as no surprise that tourism is a major contributor for Okaloosa County. The consumer activity undertaken by millions of visitors each year – coupled with steady local consumer activity – ensures a stable year-round retail environment.

Real Estate

Okaloosa County provides vast opportunities in commercial and residential real estate. Its diversified characteristics meet the various needs of our growing community. Whether you are building, renovating, leasing, selling, or buying....Okaloosa can do it all!

The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors® (ECAR) serves as the county's primary source for real estate statistics generated from properties in the MLS system by ECAR MLS participants and subscribers. To view statistics for other years, please visit their portal

Yearly Market Details (Single Family Homes - Okaloosa)

Summary Statistics YTD
(Jan-March 2021)
Closed Sales  1,201 4,986
Median Sales Price $285,000 $265,000
Average Sale Price $409,192 $345,303
Median Time to Sale 56 60
Months Supply of Inventory (Monthly Avg) 1 2

Source: Emerald Coast Association of Realtors Market Statistics, info available as of May 26, 2021

Commercial Properties
If you are looking for commercial properties for sale or for lease, please visit www.okaloosasites.com. for real-time availability and extensive datasets.


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