September 29, 2021 at 7:56pm | Kendra Sheikho
You can call so many places home, especially in the Sunshine State of Florida. Those of us who live and work on the Emerald Coast know exactly what makes it so special. In case you aren’t sure, take a look at these five reasons you should live here. The Emerald Coast is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and it's beauty doesn't stop at the beach. 

Live anywhere. You can live in the more rural areas of our beautiful area like Crestview or Defuniak Springs and still have only a short drive to the beach. Move to the suburbs of Niceville or Fort Walton Beach and you’ll have water as close as the neighborhood park. Call the Gulf of Mexico home – and your backyard – and move to Destin or Rosemary Beach. You have plenty of options.

Strong local economy. Of course, tourism is a large part of the local economy on the Emerald Coast, but so is the military. Our area is home to the largest Air Force Base in the world in Eglin AFB. We also have Hurlburt Field in between Navarre and Mary Esther, as well as Duke Field and the 7th Special Forces outside of Crestview.

No state income tax. Anyone who already lives in Florida knows the benefit of no state income tax. For those who may be moving in from out of state, you’ll soon learn the tax savings of living in Florida, as well.

No snow. As one of the most northern parts of Florida, we do get cooler temperatures in the winter. However, the average highs i n winter are anywhere in the 60s or 70s. That’s got to be better than 62 inches of snow in January.

Soft, white sand. No matter what time of year you go, you can walk along the beaches of the Emerald Coast barefoot. The sugar white sand is soft and much cooler than in other areas, thanks to its white color. Sink your toes into the sand, feel the breeze on your face, and know that you’re living in the most beautiful place in Florida.

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