Best Places to Live

Okaloosa Island, FL

Population: 19,408
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Median home value: $220,600

A narrow, three-mile island between Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Okaloosa Island is beloved for its beaches with powdery, white sand. The Boardwalk? Yeah, it’s touristy, but for good reason: it’s where you can enjoy fresh catches for dinner and be treated to a truly breathtaking view of the sunset. The Okaloosa Pier is a popular fishing spot, as well as a good perch for watching dolphins play.