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Voice Newsletter Overview - January 2017 - 01/25/2017

The January 2017 issue features: Members in the News; Director's Desk; Defense Support Initiatives and Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network and Business Growt...

Southeast Range Complex Position Paper - 12/28/2016

Southeast Range Complex Cooperative Concept Position Paper Prepared by the Defense Support Initiatives Committee

Okaloosa County, Florida, also identified as the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin MSA, may be best known for the sugar white sands and emerald green waters that draw millions of visitors each year.  Yet the community is far more than just another pretty face.  Eglin Air Force Base, the world’s largest Air Force installation, hosts the headquarters of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the 96th Test Wing and the 33rd Fighter Wing (F-35 graduate flying and maintenance training wing) among others.  With research and testing at the forefront of activities taking place at Eglin, numerous technology and defense contractors have located here – including renowned powerhouses Boeing, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and L3 Communications.  All benefit from a pro-business local government, award-winning public schools (including Florida’s first STEM-focused middle school), a myriad of post-secondary education options and a steady stream of young, technically astute military retirees.  


2016 - 202,183

Age Distribution




Range Total Percent
0-4 13,795 6.82%
5-9 12,692 6.28%
10-19 22,919 11.34%
20-29 31,195 15.43%
30-39 28,163 13.93%
40-49 22,285 11.02%
50-59 27,389 13.55%
60-64 11,745 5.81%
65+ 32,000 15.83%

Labor Force

December 2016
Labor Force - 89,721
Unemployed - 3,707
Unemployment Rate - 4.1%
*For historial employment data, visit the Workforce & Talents Page 


Market Profile

Population (2016) 202,183
Median Age 35.97
Labor Force
College Degree 37.27%
High School Degree or Some College 53.43%
White Collar Workers 64%
Blue Collar Workers 35%
Household Expenditures (Average) $58,421
Household Income (Median) $58,139
Commute Travel Time (minutes) 22
Commercial and General Aviation Airports in Community 3
Airports within 50 miles of Community 22
Distance to Interstate  In Community
Distance to Rail In Community

Cost of Living

Price Level Index
(Population Weighted Category Indices)
Florida State Average = 100
Total 101
Food 104
Health Care 100
Housing 101
Other Goods and Services 100
Transportation 103


Okaloosa County is host to a wide array of businesses and industries. From Tourism to Aerospace & Defense, our diversity reflects th...
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The Technology Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Network, TeCMEN, was established by the Economic Development Council of Ok...
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