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    Duke Field, FL Local Information

    Duke Field is on the north side of Eglin AFB, and this listing will concern itself with that side of the very large base. For more information, see the Eglin Air Force Base listing .

    Crestview is the closest major city to Duke Field. Crestview has about 24,000 people, and is in Okaloosa County, which has a population of about 190,000 people. It is about 11 miles from downtown Crestview to Duke; this takes about 20 minutes to commute. The next nearest city is Valparaiso, about 25 minutes away. The average commute in Okaloosa County is about 23 minutes.

    Local Housing Rental Prices:
    The average apartment rent in Crestview ranges from $400 to $900 per month, with a median of $640 per month.

    Local Housing Purchase Prices:
    The average price for a house in Crestview is about $155,000, compared to $182,000 for Florida.

    Short Description of the Area:
    Crestview is a small city in the western Florida panhandle, north of Eglin Air Force Base. This area is typically Florida flat, generally sunny, with regular rain.

    Climate and Weather
    : The area has a hot, humid climate, with winter temperatures of the low 60s to high 30s (this area used to be called "Florida's Icebox", due to the nearly cold winter temperatures) and summer temperatures of the low 90s to low 70s. The area has fairly steady levels of rain year-round, with wetter summers. Summers are hot and very humid. Winters and mild and fairly humid, with rare snow.

    Hurricane Warning:
    Hurricanes do not hit every year, not even every other year, but Florida is subject to occasional monster storms, and everyone living here should be prepared, with emergency supplies and plans. Emergency supplies should include food and water for at least three, preferably two weeks, for every person in the household; a first aid kit, flashlight, small tool kit or multi-tool, battery operated radio, and possibly a solar power station. Search FEMA Emergency Kit or CDC Emergency Kit for a more complete list.