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Okaloosa County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Okaloosa County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the U.S. highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded June 13 1915
Seat Crestview
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,082 sq mi (2,802 km²)
936 sq mi (2,424 km²)
146 sq mi (378 km²), 13.53%
 - (2000)
 - Density

181/sq mi (70/km²)

Okaloosa County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2000 census, the population was 170,498. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 182,172 [1]. Its county seat is Crestview.6 The county's largest city is Fort Walton Beach.

History[edit | edit source]

Okaloosa County was formed in 1915. Okaloosa was an Indian word meaning "a pleasant place," "black water", or "beautiful place".

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,802 km² (1,082 sq mi). 2,423 km² (936 sq mi) of it is land and 379 km² (146 sq mi) of it (13.53%) is water. Ft Walton Beach and two United States Air Force bases (Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field) are located in the south.

Okaloosa County is the sole county in the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Adjacent Counties[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

As of the census² of 2000, there were 170,498 people, 66,269 households, and 46,520 families residing in the county. The population density was 70/km² (182/sq mi). There were 78,593 housing units at an average density of 32/km² (84/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 83.41% White, 9.10% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 2.47% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.33% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. 4.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 66,269 households out of which 33.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,474, and the median income for a family was $47,711. Males had a median income of $30,977 versus $21,961 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,918. About 6.60% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 6.50% of those age 65 or over.

Places[edit | edit source]

Incorporated[edit | edit source]

  1. Town of Cinco Bayou
  2. City of Crestview
  3. City of Destin
  4. City of Fort Walton Beach
  5. City of Laurel Hill
  6. City of Mary Esther
  7. City of Niceville
  8. Town of Shalimar
  9. City of Valparaiso

Unincorporated[edit | edit source]

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Coordinates: 30°40′N 86°35′W / 30.67, -86.59

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