The sugar white sands, crystal clear gulf waters and charming beach communities of South Walton continue to attract visitors from near and far, with many ultimately deciding to make a permanent move to the area. The exponential growth of Walton County, particularly south of the Choctawhatchee Bay is evident, and recent U.S. Census Data confirms this ranking Walton County the sixth fastest growing county in the entire United States.

Walton County’s total population rose 4.5 percent from 2016 to 2017, going from 65,440 to 68,376. This increase boosted the county into the top six, gaining 15 spots on its previous ranking of twenty-first for 2015 and 2016. Walton ranked behind three counties in Texas, one in Utah and one in Virginia. The county also ranked…

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