Your Local Walton County Habitat for Humanity serves all of Walton County Florida. From Paxton, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Point Washington, and all the way to our beautiful Gulf beaches.
Walton County , located in Northwest Florida, is one of the fastest growing counties in the country. With a largely rural population of just over 50,000, Walton County has plenty of room for growth. The average age is 40, and the majority of jobs can be found in hospitality, government, transportation and utilities, agriculture and finance. The county offers a unique blend of lifestyles with picturesque farms and timber lands on the north end bordering Alabama and pristine white beaches and coastal dune lakes on the Gulf of Mexico in South Walton.
DeFuniak Springs in the northern end of the county has a population of around 7,000 residents and serves as the county seat. Agriculture is the primary industry in this town, particularly cattle, timber and poultry. The median household income in DeFuniak Springs is $24,516, and 18.4% of the population lives below the poverty line. DeFuniak Springs is home to Lake Defuniak, one of only two perfectly round natural lakes in the world, and the oldest library in Florida still serving the public.
The rural town of Freeport, population 1,500, is located at the crossroads between North and South Walton just north of Choctawhatchee Bay. The largest employers in town are Freeport Shipyard and Murphy Oil; however, most Freeport residents commute to jobs at nearby Eglin Air Force Base or in coastal South Walton. The median household income in Freeport is $25,735, and 21.4% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Paxton is a small rural community located in extreme north Walton County on the Alabama border. With a population of only 750 residents, Paxton covers just four square miles. Primarily a farming and retirement community, Paxton draws plenty of boaters, hunters and fishermen to Lake Jackson, a large natural lake. The median household income in Paxton is $24,625, and 12.3% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Santa Rosa Beach
Santa Rosa Beach is an unincorporated community in South Walton that stretches from the south end of Choctawhatchee Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. The community’s 11,457 residents enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities at Topsail Hill State Preserve which boasts beautiful beaches, coastal dune lakes, miles of hiking trails and even a cypress swamp.
The tiny enclave of Point Washington is located just north of Highway 98 along Choctawhatchee Bay. Like much of Walton County, Point Washington grew out of the bustling timber business in the early 20th century. Point Washington is home to Eden State Gardens which served as the family estate of a timber magnate and currently houses the second largest collection of Louis XVI furniture in the country. An abundance of ancient live oaks and magnolias make Point Washington a beautiful place to call home.