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Okaloosa County, Florida
Seal of 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.
Seat Crestview
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

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

170,498
181/sq mi (70/km²)
Founded June 13, 1915
Website www.co.okaloosa.fl.us

Okaloosa County is a county located in the state of Florida. Located in northwest Florida, it extends from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alabama state line. 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.

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History

Okaloosa County was created by an act passed June 3, 1915.[2] Okaloosa is a Choctaw word meaning "black water". "Oka" means water, and "lusa" is black in the Choctaw language. It is a very significant county for its many accomplishments.

Geography

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

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

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Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 170,498 people, 66,269 households, and 46,520 families residing in the county. The population density was 182 people per square mile (70/km²). There were 78,593 housing units at an average density of 84 per square mile (32/km²). 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.

Okaloosa County is one of the most conservative counties in Florida. Incumbent George W. Bush won the county in 2004 with 78% of the popular vote and in 2008 the Republican candidate John McCain polled 72%.[4]

Places

Incorporated

  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

References

  1. ^ http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/tables/CO-EST2005-01-12.xls census.gov
  2. ^ Hutchinson, Leonard Patrick, "History of the Playground Area of Northwest Florida", Great Outdoors Publishing Co., St. Petersburg, Florida, 1st ed., 1961, no Library of Congress card number, no ISBN, page 41.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://content.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/PresidentialByCounty.aspx?oi=P&rti=G&sp=Fl

External links

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Special districts

Judicial branch

Tourism links

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


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Okaloosa County, Florida
Map
File:Map of Florida highlighting Okaloosa County.png
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the USA highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded June 13 1915
Seat Crestview
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 13.53%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

170498
Website: www.co.okaloosa.fl.us

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.

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History

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

Geography

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

Demographics

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

Incorporated

  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

References

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Tourism links

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

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Okaloosa County, Florida
Map

Location in the state of Florida

Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded June 13, 1915
Seat Crestview
Largest City Crestview
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

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

170,498
181/sq mi (70/km²)
Website: www.co.okaloosa.fl.us
Named for: Chua (Choctaw word for "black water")

Okaloosa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida, and was formed on June 13, 1915. As of 2000, the population is 170,498. Okaloosa County's seat is Crestview.

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